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Comprehensive Interpretive Plan

 
Ranger-led program about bears.

"The purpose of Interpretation and Education in the National Park Service is to provide memorable, meaningful, and inspirational experiences related to the parks and strengthen public understanding of the full meaning and relevance of the national's natural and cultural resources."

-- NPS Interpretation and Education Business Plan, 2006




What is a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan (CIP)?
Overall, it strategically envisions, organizes, and justifies, interpretive and informational services that achieve the desired outcome of the park's program. The plan also identifies and describes the foundations of a park's interpretive program, which includes:
-Park Purpose
-Park Significance

-Interpretive Themes

-Management Objectives

-Audiences

-Visitor Experience Opportunities

There are three main components of a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan:

  • Long Range Interpretive Plan (plans for 5 to 10 Years);
  • Annual Interpretive Plan; and
  • Interpretive Database
Yosemite has been working on the development of a CIP and has completed its major component - the Long Range Interpretive Plan. This plan outlines a comprehensive approach to interpreting park natural and cultural resources.The CIP is necessary to ensure long-term protection of resources through visitor understanding and enjoyment. The Long Range Interpretive Plan will guide interpretation and education in Yosemite for the next 5 -10 years.

Did You Know?

NatureBridge students learning something new from their instructor.

For over 40 years, NatureBridge has served over 40,000 youth and adults annually through a unique variety of environmental education programs at their national park campuses in California and Washington, including their Yosemite National Park campus.