Life-long learning is at the heart of interpretation. By becoming better professionals, we enhance our ability to help park audiences care about park resources.
On this main page (below) we will maintain a clearing-house list of upcoming servicewide and regional training courses and courses of study as they are announced, along with training offered by NPS partners. If you know of upcoming training that should be listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get it added to this page.
Also -- click on the developmental level tabs at the top of this page to find a variety of downloadable worksheets and resources for each of the benchmark interpretive competencies.
Instructor-led IDP Training and Forums:
Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques-- This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.
Currently Scheduled Classes:
Upcoming locations yet to be scheduled include:
- Anchorage, AK
- Interpreting Climate Change -- Virtual Class -- the next is scheduled for February 11-14, 2014 -- see the announcement linked here -- registration open in DOI Learn through January 13. Each day of class will involve a schedule of webinars, activities, and discussions.
DigInterp Indepth Webinar Series -- Join John Tobiason from Harpers Ferry Center's office of Digital Media and John Rudy from the Interpretive Development Program, for these provocational and practical sessions focused on the interpretive power of digital media. Register Here
By Educators for Educators webinar series -- an effort to build a more collaborative community for park educators that inspire and fosters open communication and exchange of ideas. The purpose of this forum is to establish an additional opportunity or "space" for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement.
Instructional Strategies - January DATE TBD from 2:00PM - 4:00PM EDT
- Registered Local Coaches Courses -- offered by the Regional Lead Coaching teams to train park-level interpretive coaches – contact the office of your regional Chief of Interpretation for upcoming dates and registration information.
- Creative Collaborations Series-- Hosting Collaborative Conversations with Visitors. In future web chat sessions we will consider ways to engage our audiences as co-creators of their own interpretive experiences. How do we invite them, how do we engage their participation, how do we share authority and creativity so that visitors might learn from each other, and so that we might learn from our visitors? Join us for this provocative discussion -- coming next spring!
IDP On-line Self-study Courses
A series of training courses has been developed by NPS interpreters in partnership with Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands-- continuously available to all interpreters from any computer:
IDP Training Examples of Interpretive Products
Click here to see a list of samples of interpretive products that have met IDP peer review certification standards and are useful for training and coaching other interpreters, including videos, written products and media examples.
Additional NPS-sponsored Interpretive Training Opportunities
How To Play the Game webinar series
(Northeast Regional Office of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships) -- new listings coming soon!
Interpretive Training Offered by NAI and Other NPS Partners
Click here to see a list of upcoming webinars offered by the National Association for Interpretation.
Click here to see a list of the 2014 history seminars sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute -- these outstanding seminars are presented for teachers, but two spots in each class are always reserved for NPS interpreters or educators.