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  • Budget and Revenue Generations

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    This previously recorded one-hour webinar will introduce different revenue-generating strategies agencies may use for long term financial planning.

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  • Coaching for Interpretive Success

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    Explore the skills needed to be an effective interpretive coach. Coaching others to develop and deliver meaningful interpretation is rewarding because you multiply the opportunities for visitors to understand the relevance and significance of our resources. It gives you the chance to share your passion.

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    $59.00

  • Data and Decision Making

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    This previously recorded one-hour webinar will introduce participants to best practices in identifying data sources, creating data, and using data for management decision-making.

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  • Design Elements in Interpretive Media

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    Not a designer, but need to develop an interpretive media product? This course will teach you basic design principles that will help you put together a product that is both interpretive and eye-catching.

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    $59.00

  • Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing

    Why do you write? Is it to inform, instruct, or persuade your audience? Or do you write to help your audience think or feel something new? Effective interpretive writers have basic skills in writing and understand the art and practice of interpretation. This course explores the reasons we write and teaches the essential elements of effective interpretive writing.

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    $59.00

  • Foundations of Interpretation

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    All over the world docents, park guides, and naturalists at museums, parks, zoos, and cultural and historical sites strive to provide meaningful experiences for visitors. Interpretation is the essential tool they use. Learn More
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  • Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate

    Do you have a strong background and understanding of interpretation (perhaps in programming) but want to dig deeper? Do you struggle with interpretive media or writing? Are you curious about what exactly ‘dialogic’ interpretation means? If so, this certificate program is for you!

    The Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate is entirely web-based and consists of five interpretive courses each culminating with an applied assignment that relates to your organization or site. This course of study provides you with the opportunity to receive feedback from your instructor(s) who review the elements of your portfolio. Additionally, if you apply for and are accepted into the cohort-based program, you will work with a mentor who has considerable experience in the interpretive field who will guide you as you develop your intermediate skills.

    Stop! Before you register for this certificate program, are you an NAI member interested in completing it as part of a cohort and working with a mentor? The Eppley Institute and the National Association for Interpretation are recruiting students to participate in a cohort program that will begin in January 2020. Applications are now available. If you are interested in learning more and applying, please click here. If you would like to join NAI, please visit their website.

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    $350.00

  • Interpretation on the Move

    Explore guided interpretive programs, which can take many forms: walks, hikes, house tours, canoe trips, bus tours, cave tours, just to name a few.

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    $59.00

  • Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation

    Explore a new approach to interpretation – dialogic interpretation. This course discusses three methods interpreters are using to present dialogic programs to visitors and guests.

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    $59.00

  • Public and Private Partnerships

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    This webinar will cover public and private partnerships. As visitation rises at state parks and the visitors needs and expectations also increases, finding a way to remain relevant to today’s visitor becomes costly. Public and private partnerships may be an option worth looking into.

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  • Research and Surveys

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    This previously recorded, one-hour webinar includes a discussion about research and surveys as they are relevant to the future success of state parks across the United States.

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  • Social Media and Interpretation

    Explore how social media can be used interpretively to expand your reach.

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    $59.00

  • Supporting Interpreters with Effective Training

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    Gain valuable skills that will help you train impactful interpreters. Interpretive trainers support interpreters in connecting people to parks, museums, zoos, and other places.

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    $59.00

  • Urban Connections and the Role of State Parks (Recorded)

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    This previously recorded one-hour webinar examines the efforts of Michigan State Parks and Maryland Conservation Job Corps to program, manage, and integrate better the outdoor experience into urban residents’ lives.

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  • Volunteerism

    From shore to shore, Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas provide both great recreation opportunities and high quality habitat for rare species. Our state park system is home to many unique ecosystems, such as forested coastal dunes, native tallgrass prairies and rare prairie fens that are home to rare birds, insects, turtles and other animals.

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