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Welcome to the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program website. This site is designed to aid all interpreters, no matter who you work for or where you are in your career, with your on-going professional growth and development. The profession of interpretation is continuously evolving and this site will help you keep track of the trends and developments in interpretation.

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Check in weekly for musings, ramblings and recognition of excellence in the field, all penned by the members of the IDP team on our new blog.

08 Jan 2015 3:19 pm

Every January 1 we say and feel this -- where did the time go?? How is it possible that the past year could just seem to evaporate in a whirlwind of busy-ness and multi-tasking? I definitely have some memorable and meaningful experiences that stand out in my mind and heart from 2014 -- but most of the days and hours? I'm not sure... I think/hope I accomplished something purposeful and useful? In December I reached the big 30 year marker for my NPS career -- those of you who are "getting up there" along with me, probably have a similar experience, finding that your thoughts more often turn to reflections on "where did the time go."  One thing I know for sure, a theme has...

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