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NPS Archeology Guide > Archeology Outreach > 6. Training


Training is available in-person and online in topics related to archeology outreach. Courses are frequently held in topics such as visitor services, volunteer programs, archeological resource protection, interpreting climate change, and more.

Training Portals

The NPS Common Learning Portal and DOI Learn are the two DOI and NPS portals for training related to archeology outreach. Explore them both, focusing in particular on keywords such as archeology or archaeology, education, training, and partnerships. Training is available in in-person and on-line formats, as well as on-demand at your own pace.

The NPS Common Learning Portal lists upcoming and ongoing training opportunities, as well as job aids and other guidance, such as interpreting climate change or using facilitated dialogue.

Search DOI Learn, the Department of the Interior's official online training catalog and portal, for other training opportunities.

Additional Help

Interpretation is a key component to archeology outreach, because it communicates the value of archeological resources and aims to engage audiences in finding their own intellectual and emotional ties to them.

Interpreting Archeological Resources is a four-part guide to archeological outreach through interpretation. Archeologists and interpreters are encouraged to work together through the materials. Register for each section in DOI Learn to receive course credit. The guides are available online to work through at your own pace. Join the "Interpreting Archeology" group in The Commons, the discussion forum of the NPS Common Learning Portal, to find others who are working to interpret archeology.

Interpretation for Archeologists: A Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Archeologists can use this guide to learn about interpreters' work and the development of interpretive products.

Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide to Knowledge of the Resource
Interpreters can use this guide to learn about archeologists' work in order to inform their work in interpretation.

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation
Study Tour takes archeologists and interpreters through the process of evaluating the interpretation of archeology both in parks and historic sites and through virtual visits.

Assessment of Archeology Interpretation
Archeologists and interpreters will use an analytical framework to assess their interpretive products.