The following curriculum components outline the developmental
learning elements that compose the skills set for this
competency. From these outlines, 1) employees and their
supervisors can determine learning needs and
strategies, 2) instructors can develop sessions and
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
the relationship between overall park planning and
how their individual interpretive project or program
implements the park's interpretive plan and the
degree to which it accomplishes parkwide goals;
participate in a park planning project.
Hierarchy of planning processes; NPS legislation and
related documents affecting interpretive planning; relationship
of park partners (needs and responsibilities); identifying
issues and problems to be solved through interpretive
planning; understanding the value of interpretive planning
- results/outcome; shifting paradigms - results oriented,
outcome based; group process and consensus building;
relationship of interpretive plans to other plans; development
of overall park primary themes and compelling stories;
Comprehensive Interpretive Plan .
Interpretive park rangers pursuing full performance
competency under Ranger Careers, other NPS staff, cooperating
association employees, volunteers, concessionaires,
and park partners.
Cluster or regional training; Servicewide courses; on-the-job
training through a detail assignment or mentoring; participation
in planning exercises; university courses; traditional
and distance learning in classrooms; computer-based
training packages and CD-ROMs; directed readings.