More Than Just a Field Trip: Interpretation for School Curriculum

Learn to develop curriculum-based programs for educational groups and to describe and identify the curriculum-based programming process.




The overall goal of this course is to describe the curriculum-based programming process. This course is designed for park and public agency employees who are interested in developing curriculum-based programs for educational groups.

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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
  • 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

  • Defining Curriculum-based Programs
  • Bridging Curriculum and Parks
  • Developing Curriculum-based Programs

Be able to:

  • Define curriculum-based programming.
  • Describe the relationship between your agency or park mission and curriculum-based programs.
  • Describe the sequence of learning.
  • Identify age-appropriate pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities.
  • Apply core standards required by schools to your site’s interpretive and educational programs.

Recommended Background

There is no prerequisite for this course. However, completing the free Foundations of Interpretation e-course may provide you with a helpful background.


Overall a good course.Review by Glenn
I would add a way to show that after a learner has completed a section that is appear on the last page of that section, or as the learner progresses. I would be very leery of using the word "our" in places that implies possession of parks, or conservation areas, where staff are being quoted. I would encourage the use of quotes where the word "your" is used to show that staff recognize that they understand and the listener understands who owns public lands and/or places. (Posted on 6/20/2018)

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