Park and recreation agency volunteers and seasonal staff; other staff new to interpretation
Participants will be asked to complete two e-courses prior to the workshop:
Little to none, after initial curriculum development.
The components of this training include:
- Presentation on the history and role of interpretation
- Group work on identifying interpretive messages linked to the key sites/resources of the contracting agency
- Coaching on interpretive talk preparation and delivery
- Constructive feedback on participant presentations
The day-long session incorporates the above activities and content. The two-day session will include a field component as well as more robust exploration of the evaluation and program improvement in interpretation. In addition, the two-day option affords participants an opportunity for paired and small group work during preparation of their interpretive talk presentation.
Process / Details:
Two versions of this training are offered to afford contracting agencies the flexibility of including a field trip and more in-depth individual program development work. The course is designed for newer interpreters, including seasonal staff and volunteers, who have not done much formal interpretation. This course will cover the basics and history of interpretation, including Freeman Tilden, and will end with students presenting short interpretive talks and evaluating each other.
Be able to:
After this training, the participant will:
- Define interpretation and the history of interpretation of natural and cultural resources.
- Gather accurate information about agency site(s) and audience(s).
- Identify appropriate techniques for the audience, resource (site), and interpreter, including methods to engage with the audience and respond to changing needs.
- Select goals and objectives that support site significance and personal relevance.
- Select a theme, points, and transitions that cohesively develop a relevant idea.
- Present an interpretive talk.
- Identify strategies for evaluating delivery skills and improving program effectiveness.
Please contact us for more information about setting up this workshop for your organization. Select "Workshop" on the contact form, here.