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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.

Common Learning Portal


Check the Common Learning Portal https://mylearning.nps.gov/ for upcoming and ongoing training opportunities. Do a keyword search for "archeology interpretation," but mind that many other related classes exist, such as interpreting climate change or using facilitated dialogue.

Interpreting Archeological Resources

The NPS Interpretive Development Program and the NPS Archeology Program offer Interpreting Archeological Resources, 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.

Interpretation for Archeologists: A Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Archeologists can now explore the world of interpretation through online activities, illustrated case studies, fun facts, and more. This guide introduces the art and science of interpretation, methods and techniques for engaging the public with archeological resources, and the significant role interpretation can play in encouraging public stewardship.

Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide to Knowledge of the Resource
Use this online guide to learn about archeological methods that explores how interpretations are made and meaning ascribed to archeological resources, with the goal of increasing public understanding of preservation. Although the guide is designed to help interpreters gain basic knowledge, the ten sections (with bibliographies and links) may be used by anyone with a desire to learn the basics of archeology.

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. Downloadable worksheets are available. This course assists archeologists and interpreters in working together to provide effective and accurate interpretation to engage the public and foster a preservation ethic. The Study Tour can be used by individuals or adapted by groups who wish to work together to improve archeological interpretation. Suggestions for potential instructors are included.

Assessment of Archeology Interpretation
Use the analytical framework to assess outreach products for archeology according to interpretive principles.