IDP Home Page About the Program How to Use the Program View Competencies F.A.Q. Contact Us About Us, IDP News, Updates, and More
IDP Home Page
Fulfilling the NPS Mission 101
Informal Visitor Contacts 102
Interpretive Talk 103
Conducted Activity 210
Interpretive Demonstration 220
Interpretive Writing 230
Curriculum-based Program 270
Planning Park Interpretation 310
Interpretive Media Development 311
Leaning Interpreters 330
Interpretive Research
Other Developmental Competencies


Planning Park Interpretation Curriculum-based Program Interpretive Writing Interp. Demonstration Conducted Activity Interpretive Talk Informal Visitor Contacts Fulfilling NPS Mission IDP Homepage Interp. Media Development Leading Interpreters Interp. Research Interpretive Writing Curriculum-based Program Planning Park Interpretation Interp. Media Development Leading Interpreters Interpretive Research Interp. Demonstration Conducted Activity Interpretive Talk Informal Visitor Contacts Fulfilling NPS Mission IDP Homepage





About the Module The Curriculum Certification Standard About Submission More Resources Anchor Products
Submission Guidelines for Certification Review

Preparing and Presenting an Effective Conducted Activity (Module 210)
(revised 9-2011)

What you will submit:
A videotape recording or DVD** (see important warning below) of a complete conducted activity (walk, tour, hike, or other program in which the audience moves between several stops and/or activities), performed in a park setting with a real visitor audience.

Before preparing your submission, it is to your advantage to review the Module 210 curriculum and certification standard.

Key submission points:

  • An effective conducted activity will facilitate experiences in and with the resource (resource immersion), rather than just using the resource as a “backdrop” for an interpretive talk. A key to success is when you are able to make the physical resources at each stop the center of focus for audience attention, rather than yourself.

  • An effective conducted activity will involve physical movement and/or activity that facilitates resource immersion and access to resource meanings.

  • An effective conducted activity will provide a purposeful sequence of directed experiences and meaningful transitions to provide continuity of thought and build cohesive development toward an overarching relevant idea or ideas.

  • The obligation for accuracy, topic choice and appropriateness, delivery mechanics, etc., remain the responsibility of you and your supervisor, and are not measured in his review.
  • A self-assessment worksheet is available for this module -- it is recommended that you review this worksheet before you submit.

Preparing your submission:

1) For this competency, you will submit a conducted activity recorded on or copied to VHS videotapes or DVD discs, preferably between fifteen and sixty minutes in length. Please omit long periods of movement between stops on the conducted activity. It is not necessary to include warm-up orientation or question/answer portions of a program unless their content is somehow pertinent to the interpretive focus of your program. Please indicate the exact length of your program on the tape or disc labels.

2) The program should be performed in a park setting with a "real" visitor audience. Please submit a program that was intentionally designed/prepared as a conducted activity. (A portion of some other presentation, such as an education program, will likely not certify unless it clearly functions as a conducted activity.)

3) Since each competency has unique characteristics that are important to demonstrate, it is not to your advantage to submit the same program for more than one competency. Therefore, please do not submit the same program for more than one competency without prior approval by the Certification Program Manager or Training Manager.

4) Submit three copies* of the conducted activity on VHS tapes or DVDs. The tapes or discs you submit must have clear, discernable audio. Record and duplicate your tapes or discs at normal speed. Although the video should focus primarily on the interpreter, it is helpful if it can also show members of the group interacting among themselves, with the resource, and with the interpreter. Any view of the resources being interpreted that helps a certifier understand the message is welcomed, but not necessary.

**Important guidelines for DVD submissions: We have experienced many problems with submissions on DVD -- the only media playback software that is standard on all government computers is Windows Media Player. Therefore, all DVD submissions must be able to play in Windows Media Player in order to ensure that the certifiers can view the DVD. Please convert your program to play in Windows Media Player as the default. Please check all three copies of your DVD submission to make sure the audio and video play all the way through in Windows Media Player. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your submission being returned to you without being reviewed.

5 ) If at all possible, use a lapel microphone and mount the camera on a tripod when making your recording. For additional tips on preparing a video, see the attached "TIPS," prepared by Tom Davies, NERO.

6) Be aware that some states prohibit the taping of minors. If this is the case where you work, do not include video of the group, simply submit a one paragraph description of the audience, and note the legal restriction on the tape.

7) Complete and submit one copy of the attached "Product Submission Registration Form" with your submission. (Download in a Word format (43KB) or a PDF format (36KB).

When reviewing the video, certifiers will assume good faith effort, and that accuracy and authenticity of the program have been verified at the park level.

*It expedites the process if you can submit three copies of your tape. If not possible, be sure to keep one copy for yourself and submit at least one tape for review. If you are submitting on DVDs, you must submit three copies of the discs.

Where to submit:
Once you have reviewed your project with your supervisor and agreed that it is ready to submit, send to:

Always check your work against the certification standard(s)  before you submit the product for review.Certification Program Manager, Interpretation
Mather Training Center
P.O. Box 77
Fillmore St. and Storer College Place
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Attn: Product submission

You can request a "delivery confirmation" from the post office. Leave your videos in their protective boxes or cases, and pack them carefully. All videos will be returned. Keep the original video yourself, in case something happens to the package in transit.

NOTE: Certification in this competency serves the overall development of employees in Ranger Careers positions, and meets the NPS national standard for conducted activities. Certification in this competency is a point-in-time assessment only. Long-term performance is measured at the park level. Eligibility for promotion is determined by the supervisor and park. Learn more about the peer review process.

Last module update: September, 2011
Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

NPS Home l Privacy Notice l Disclaimer and Ownership
Visit ParkNet