Conducted Activities

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A Conducted Activity is a prepared, formal program that involves the planned physical movement of an audience from one place to another. To facilitate opportunities for visitors to form their own intellectual and emotional connections to resource meanings, you must strategically plan and integrate visitors’ movement with the development of an idea relevant to the visitors and the resource.

Please note:

This course is currently being revised with the National Association for Interpretation. The revised version will be released in November 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager Nona Henderson at or 812-855-0864.





This course describes the components of successful conducted activities and explores techniques to present directed experiences effectively. The course also models a process you can follow to craft conducted activities that allow visitors to discover the relevance and significance of your site.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Knowledge of the Resource
  • Knowledge of the Audience
  • Goals, Objectives, Themes
  • Directed Experiences
  • Organization
  • Logistics
  • Evaluation

Be able to:

  • Develop an organized, thematic conducted activity that safely and effectively guides groups of visitors through directed experiences with a resource.
  • Consider an audience’s developmental and physical abilities when planning conducted activities.
  • Use appropriate techniques to plan directed experiences that engage visitors with the resource.
  • Integrate interpretive narration and resource immersion.
  • Plan transitions effectively.
  • Prepare for logistical issues related to group management.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course; all are welcome.


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