Interpretation is not instruction but provocation, inspiration to care. How do we get a person to care? To care about forest conservation, endangered species, history itself, and history in the making? This is where interpretation comes in as a bridge to highlight the significance of resources and also facilitate the development of a personal connection to the resource. Essentially Interpretation is meant to answer the question, “Why should I care?” and invoke inspiration to act.
My role within the realm of interpretation is as a Reviewer of Scientific Literature on Resource Interpretation.
What does this mean?
I am providing Interpreters with existing data and resources on Interpretation through the creation of a database. With a database of scientific literature on Interpretation; National Park Service Interpreters will have access to empirical evidence at their fingertips. It is with a curated database that Interpreters may utilize scientific data and findings to further plan evidence-based Interpretation. Interpretation designed for you, so that you may feel inspired to care.
How will you show that you care, today?
Sources: Foundations of Interpretation ProValens Learning
“Foundations of Interpretation Course.” Foundations of Interpretation, The Trustees of Indiana University , https://provalenslearning.com/foundations-of-interpretation.
Image credit: View from Maryland Heights Overlook Trail at sunset.
Agency: National Park Service
Program: Harpers Ferry Center Program
Location: Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services