Interpretive planning occurs at many different levels
in the National Park Service, from general management
and comprehensive level to individual projects and programs.
The purpose of this module is to convey the hierarchical
relationship of the park and interpretive planning processes
and how these influence interpretive program decisions.
The module also conveys an understanding of the importance
of multiple perspectives and consensus in any planning
effort. Successful mastery of the module's concepts
will prepare the full-performance interpretive ranger
to participate in planning interpretive programs and
projects, and provide input on the park's overall interpretive
plan. This fundamental grasp of the role, function,
and importance of all steps in the planning process
will let the full- performance ranger make immediate
decisions regarding his/her interpretive efforts and
to participate proactively in team efforts.
At the full-performance stage of development, the interpretive
ranger has gained strong knowledge of the resource,
of the visitor, and of interpretive principles. In this
module the interpreter will apply this knowledge to
the interpretive planning process. The competency requires
the interpreter to understand and be an effective participant
in interpretive planning process through successful
work in a planning activity or project. Interpretive
rangers apply interpretive skills and professional knowledge
in planning efforts to all planning processes--daily
program development, special projects, media development,
Comprehensive Interpretive Plan, General Management
Applying these skills and knowledge is critical to
ensuring that park resources are protected and that
visitors have opportunities for experiences which strengthen
their connection to the resource.
An essay about a planning activity that describes the
relationship between general parkwide and interpretive
planning, the importance of group participation in planning,
and the significance of comprehensive interpretive planning.
Note: At the Full Performance level you have
the option to develop one competency project to be reviewed
against all four sets of standards separately. Keep
in mind that the requirements on the "How to Submit"
page for every competency you couple with your project
must be met (i.e., you must prepare an essay, and a
facsimile, and a questionnaire if you choose to combine
Planning, Media, and Training/Coaching in one submission).
Likewise, you have the option to develop a separate
project for each Full Performance competency, and submit
them separately. If you choose to combine the reviews
and address more than one competency with a single project,
be sure to INDICATE CLEARLY on your project label which
competencies you wish to have the project reviewed against.
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
Learner and supervisor adjust time line to meet the
final requirements of full-performance park ranger interpreters
in Ranger Careers positions. Recommended: the interpreter
should have an understanding of fundamental interpretive
concepts as covered in Module 101: The Process of Interpretation.
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guidelines, and rubric.