National Park Service
US Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Interpretive Development Program

Conducted Activities

Conducted Activities

Core Resources

A course of instruction for all those who guide walks, tours, bus or boat tours. Discounts are available to NPS employees and partners – check with your Regional Chief’s Office regarding the annual discount code for your region. A basic certificate and advanced certificate are available for this course (see the “Certificates” section of this website).

This tool provides a step-by-step process for creating interpretive products.

This tool provides a step-by-step process for analyzing the elements of interpretive effectiveness in any interpretive product. It is the foundational process for the IDP Peer Review Certification Program. 



Handles: A Compendium of Interpretive Techniques to Help Visitors Grasp Resource Meanings. Peggy Scherbaum, 2006. Can be used for self-study or classroom training. Includes the definitions and examples of 200 interpretive techniques. (Note: Most parks probably have a copy of this book -- but it is currently out of print.)

Interpreting for Park Visitors. William J. Lewis, 2005. FIrst published in 1974, this classic collection of tips and strategies for interpretive program logistics is expecially useful for thinking about conducted activities.

Personal Interpretation--Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources. Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman, 2002. A practical guide for new interpreters.