The Center for Interpretive Media

Interpretive media is our passion—place-based, purpose-built. We work with our colleagues throughout the National Park System to develop and produce digital media, films, historic furnishings, interpretive plans, maps, museum exhibits, publications, signs, and wayside exhibits.

We also provide expertise in accessibility, contracting, cost estimating, graphics research, museum conservation, project management, reprinting, rehabbing, and replacing existing media.

Accessibility

Accessibility

Our products and guidance ensure an accessible park experience.

Audiovisual Arts

Audiovisual Arts

Voices from the past can speak, inaccessible peaks can be climbed, and complex processes can be revealed through this powerful medium.

Cartography

Cartography

Standard map formats help to establish a uniform identity for National Park Service brochures.

Digital Media

Digital Media

Websites, Apps, Social Media. We embrace today’s technologies to give our visitors, info they want, where, when, and how they want it.

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Exhibits

Exhibits offer multi-media experiences that use diverse techniques to interpret park resources, teach concepts, and stimulate interest.

HFC Commissioned Art Collection

HFC Commissioned Art Collection

The collection contains more than 11,000 pieces of art bought by HFC for park brochures, exhibits, films, posters, and publications.

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Interpretive Planning

Interpretive planning includes visitor experiences in parks, like interpretation, orientation, education, safety, and resource protection.

Museum Conservation

Museum Conservation

HFC’s conservators provide professional conservation services for NPS museum collections from parks across the U.S. and its territories.

NPS History Collection

NPS History Collection

The collection preserves and shares the overarching Service-wide stories of the history, culture, and management of the NPS.

Publications

Publications

The most traditional and low-tech of the various media, publications remain a core element in a park’s interpretive program.

Signs

Signs

As a frequently used means of communication, signs welcome visitors, identify landmarks, provide direction, and warn of potential dangers.

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Waysides

Wayside exhibits as captioning the scenery and provide site specific interpretation of historic, cultural, and natural landscapes.

Accessibility Guidelines

Guidelines for Accessibility

The Accessibility Guidelines for NPS Interpretive Media is for NPS employees and contractors who develop and approve interpretive media.

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NPS Graphic Identity and Style Guides

Learn how Harpers Ferry Center is guided by the principles of clarity, simplicity, and nonbiased language.

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Work with HFC

We provide exhibits, publications, films, signs, apps, planning, and museum conservation to help visitors experience our national parks.

Last updated: October 3, 2018