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Web Media, Social Media, Mobile Apps, Kiosks, Distance Learning, and so much more make up the digital interpretive toolbox the NPS uses to share the stories and experiences of the special places the American people have set aside. At HFC we develop digital media that is place-based and purpose-built to support NPS field interpreters and educators.
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The foundation for digital media is the web. NPS.gov is the place in which interpreters start the conversation with the public about planning a visit, exploring a topic, learning about history, or discovering science. HFC supports parks and programs on the web through planning, design, and development of websites, microsites, or park features.
Like, tweet, post, and comment is the new vocabulary for NPS interpreters. Visitors and the public are discovering and connecting to parks through their friends and family on social media. HFC supports parks and programs through strategic planning, guidance, training, and direct consultation on the uses of social media for all aspects of a visitors experience.
Locating yourself on a map, making your own tour, finding ranger programs, or discovering what's around you by just looking through your smartphone is the power of mobile apps. Apps for smartphones, tablets, and ereaders are an important part of the digital visitor experience. HFC plans, develops, and publishes apps working with parks, programs, partners, universities, nonprofits, and contractors.
Every new application of education technology is designed to intensify formal and informal educational experiences, and to expand the audience for park educational programming. The National Park Service and its partners have developed a growing range of digital media resources to support and expand park education programs both inside the park and through distance learning. The most prevalent of these are electronic field trips and the WebRangers program.
WebRangers is the national on-line Junior Ranger program. The overall goal of the WebRangers program is to expand the community of young people and their parents who understand the values and meanings inherent in the National Park System, and who act locally to conserve them. WebRangers engages young people in learning through fun interactives that bring the national parks to life in their homes.