Interpretation Basics for Seasonals and Volunteers

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New to interpretation? Want to refresh your understanding of the basics of interpretation? This course is for you!


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This course is directed at new and returning seasonal employees and volunteers in interpretation at local parks, nature preserves, zoos, state and federal parks, and other organizations that offer interpretive programming.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Downloadable worksheets
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Interpretation Foundations
  • Roving, Talks, & Guided Programs
  • Learning About Your Site
  • Check Your Knowledge

Be able to:

  • Recognize interpretive skills from the Foundations of Interpretation course.
  • Define roving and informal interpretation.
  • Explain what an interpretive talk is.
  • Explain what a guided program is.
  • Identify components of roving, interpretive talks, and guided programs.
  • Identify methods to gather accurate information about the site and the audience.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students taking this course have experience in interpretation. There are no required prerequisites, but it is recommended that students complete the free Foundations of Interpretation course prior to taking this one.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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