Training and Education

NPS ethnographers, along with professionals from other programs, agencies, and organizations, teach how to incorporate ethnography into park planning, management, and interpretation. Ethnographers also conduct special classes in how to do oral histories and rapid ethnographic assessments. Typically, representatives from ethnic communities and other stakeholder groups participate alongside training staff.

These courses train participants in the legal basis for park relationships with tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The training concerns the full array of American peoples; distance learning courses are planned on African American and Asian American interests.

NPS ethnographers are active in a wide range of professional associations and activities, nationally and internationally.