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Interpretive Development Program

IDP Newsletter -- October, 2016

Helping interpreters connect people with powerful places and each other.
NPS Interpretive Development Program
Tools for the Future... Today!
Interpretation has been shifting and changing around us - and our foundations have been shifting to keep up! We're proud to debut the 2017 version of the "Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation" - the bedrock of our craft.

Built by a dedicated group of field practitioners, this new description of our evolving work is vibrant and exciting.

Check out the latest explanation of what we do and join in the conversation in the new NPS Common Learning Portal.

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Visit the Commons
Tom and his dog Bridger in their car_ ready for adventure.
The Chief & Bridger's 
Excellent Adventure
This Friday, October 7th, Tom Medema departs Yosemite after 15 years. He and his dog Bridger are taking the journey east, visiting with interpreters, educators, volunteers, and others along the way. He'll visit 25 parks in 10 days to gather insight, ideas, and inspiration for Tom's new job as Chief of Interpretation, Education and Volunteers.
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Audience Centered Primer!
Looking to learn the new Foundations? Join us in Harpers Ferry, WV - October 31st - November 4th for our first Forging Connections through Audience Centered Experiences class. Whether you're new to interpretation or an old pro, this all-new residential course will help you build a strong foundation and create bold, exciting experiences for our visitors.
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MALU - informal interp
Revamp Your EPAPs
Want to make your Employee Performance Appraisal Plans reflect the work you and your staff are really doing? Want to help your staff be betterequipped to rise through the ranks? Want to be doing the work of today and not 20 years ago?

Take a look at the new standard EPAPs developed by the Northeast Region's I&E Office. Put some pep in your EPAP and start being assessed on the modern standards of our profession!