• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.