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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
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Module 310: Planning Park Interpretation

Competency Curriculum
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 lesson plans.

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between overall park planning and interpretive planning;

  • Explain how their individual interpretive project or program implements the park's interpretive plan and the degree to which it accomplishes parkwide goals;

  • Effectively 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.


Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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