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Module 210: Prepare and Present an Effective Conducted Activity

Competency Curriculum

The following curriculum components outline the developmental learning elements that compose the skills set for this competency. From these outlines, 1) employees and their supervisors can determine learning needs and strategies, 2) instructors can develop sessions and lesson plans. Each component also contains a list of useful references and developmental activities.

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of conducted activities and decide when they are most appropriate and effectively used;

  • Incorporate complex communication skills into their conducted activities;

  • Provide opportunities for higher-level concepts and connections and foster resource stewardship through immersion in the resource;

  • Apply advanced program development techniques to support their conducted activities.

Types of conducted activities, their special considerations, and alternate conveyances; human interaction including alternative methods, group dynamics and facilitation, reflection of alternate points of view, incorporation of spontaneous moments, and coping with hostility; physical and intellectual immersion in the resource, incorporation of critical and controversial issues, and advanced resource-based concepts; program development through logistics, safety considerations, organization, connectors, transitions, and the other techniques present in Module 103.

All park ranger interpreters, cooperating association staff, and NPS volunteers involved in formal interpretive activities.

Park or cluster-sponsored training, academic courses, professional workshops, distance learning through video, classroom, satellite uplink, mentoring, on-the-job training, and independent study.

Within two years of appointment.

Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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