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2015 - 2016 projects

Recent 2016 Projects and New projects for 2017

Arab Amerian National Museum. JVA has been contracted to provide a program for visitor research studies and exhibition evaluation needs assessment for a new museum exhibition program. Services will also include consultation on interpretive exhibit planning and design based on the survey research outcomes, and focus workshop theme and objectives development. The project will run from March - June 2017.

JVA/the Heritage Interpretation Training Center presented a workshop for the Toronto Zoo Education Team on: Incorporating visitor psychology and recreational learning theory into developing visitor surveys and interpretive services evaluation strategies, presented in December, 2016.


Howell Area Historical Society, Howell, Michigan.
Provide an interpretive planning and exhibit planning overview seminar for Historical Society and the Livingston County Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee. October, 2016 (Howell Depot Museum - photo below.)





Barksdale Global Power Museum (Airforce Museum). JVA has the pleasure of sub-contracting to Kaser Design to provide an interpretive planning focus workshop and interpretive plan consulations for developing new exhibits for this important military museum. You can visit this museum at: http://barksdaleglobalpowermuseum.com/.


City of Somerset, Ohio/Studio Graphique
. Working with Studio Graphique, JVA will be presenting a interpretive planning focus workshop and interpretive panel planning and writing for a series of interpretive panels on Somerset historic buidlings/Sites. October/November, 2016.


US Army Corps of Engineers, Interpretive Services Course, Huntsville, Alabama. This is year 5 into our 5-year contract for developing and teaching the 4-day interpretation courses on basic interpretive services. Training focuses on interpretive theory and principles, planninng interpretive media, planning, presentation of an interpretive program, and field experience in interpretive planning at theWheeler NationalWildlife Refuge. The course is taught twice each year. January, 2017.


John Veverka has been invited to collaborate with an upcoming issue of the Gaceta de Museums, the most important journal of the trade in Mexico. John's article will address the difference between traditional museums and interpretive centers. A copy of this article is available upon request (jvainterp@aol.com).

Interpretive Writing for Museum Exhibits and Outdoor Interpretive Panels (hosted by the Cranbrook House). One day workshop for MMA members. Workshop details can be found here: http://michiganmuseums.org/event-2211103. June, 2016.

Barcelona University, Spain. Provide a cyper-class by skype, for a post degree course in Ecotourism and interpretation in Nature guiding for Barcelona University. Two hours open lecture related to Interpretation and Nature guiding. April, 2016.



Kaser Design/Bachman Lake Trail Interpretive Panels Text Development. Jan/2016.


Klaipeda State College, Lithuania. John Veverka/Heritage Interpretation Training Center was invited to participate in a partnership between our organizations, in lecturing at Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania. Our department delivers Tourism administration, Wellness service management and Sport and leisure management study programs. On the basis of the academic contact we have had, and having in mind your academic highlights, we would appreciate having you as a guest professor for lecturing in November 2016. Final dates will be confirmed a few weeks. For more information you are invited to visit the Universities web site at: http://studyinlithuania.lt/en/institutions/klaipedastatecollege.


Allegheny County Parks, PA - 3-day interpretive training workshop for new and seasonal interpretive staff on Interpretation and Interpretive Program Development, Boyce Park in Allegheny County Pennsylvania. May 17th to Thursday May 19th at Boyce Park. A photo of our participants planning for an interpretive project (left) and having an interpretive tour presenting experience/training (right photo).




Toronto Zoo (Canada) - John Veverka/Heritage Interpretation Training Center - Develop and present a training seminar and practicum workshop for the Toronto Zoo Education Staff on Interpretive Writing, with a practicum activity of having staff develop some draft interpretive panels. December, 2015.


Snowdonia National Park Training Center, Wales, UK. John Veverka/Heritage Interpretation Training Center will be providing a training course on Interpretive Master Planning, April 26-29, 2016, Plas tan y Bwlch, Wales. http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/study-centre.


Participants in past MP courses at SNP/



John Veverka/The Heritage Interpretation Training Center is pleased to announce that he will be partnering with Dr. Ted Cable of Kansas State University to offer our Interpretive Master Planning Course through KSU's Global University program (A Campus without Boundaries) for three (3) Semester Hours of college credit. The Interpretive Master Planning Course will appear in the KSU's Spring 2016 Catalog. For more details on future registration information for our 2016 course please contact Dr. Ted Cable at: tcable@ksu.edu. You can visit the Global Campus web site at: http://global.k-state.edu/.


Exhibit Professionals Group Workshop, Michigan. John Veverka/Heritage Interpretation Training Center, will be presenting a one-day workshop on "Planning Truly Interpretive Exhibits", to be held at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan - October 23rd, 2015.


Museum Study - is an organization whose mission is to help staff in small to medium museums and heritage sites build a better cultural institution and be a stronger member of the team that carries out the mission of their institution. To accomplish this, Museum Study provides online professional development training courses on a broad range of topics important to running a cultural institution. JVA/Heritage Interpretation Training Center is pleased to be working with Museum Study to offer several 4-week long training courses in Heritage Interpretation, the first course being "An Introduction To Heritage Interpretation" that will be presented in November, 2015. You can learn more about Museum Studies diverity of Museum Management and Curation courses at their web site: http://www.museumstudy.com/. JVA interpretive courses planned for 2016 include "Interpretive Writing" and "Planning Truly Interpretive Exhibits". Details on the Introduction to Heritage Interpretation course and other courses: http://www.museumstudy.com/courses/course-list/.


Lower Colorado River Authority/Matt Kaser Design - Matagorda Bay Nature Park Interpretive Plan and Exhibit Concept Design Services. JVA was pleased to join with our long-time interpritive design partner Kaser Design (http://www.kaserdesign.com/) in providing interpretive planning services for the Matagorda Bay Nature Park, in Texas. You can learn more about the Nature Park here: http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-parks/Pages/matagorda-bay-nature-park.aspx. This first project phase was completed 15 June 2015.



You can reveiw the interpretive exhibit concept design plan here: www.issue.com/interpnews.


Association of Cultral Heritage Managers - Budapest, Hungary. John Veverka presented a workshop on developing visitor survey research/questionnaires for the Association of Cultural Heritage Managers - Buddapest, Hungary, to develop market/visitor research for the Budapest World Heritage Site. The workshop included discussions on visitor research practices, developing survey research plans and related visitor research studies and had course paritcipants actually conduct a pre-test visitor survey program. 13-15 June 2015. John's participation was funded by a grant from the US Embasy in Budapest, Hungary.


Workshop participants and team members involved in developing
their visitor survey instruments.



NAI 2015 Great Lakes Regional Workshop. John Veverka had the pleasure of presenting an interpretive workshop session on "Interpretive Planning - What Interpretation Can Be" at the workshop. If anyone would like a copy of the presentation paper feel free to ask. 24 March 2015. The NAI Regional workshop committee did a wonderful job in putting this multi-day workshop together - it's quality reflected all your hard work - thank you. jv


Ellanor C. Lawrnce Park (Fairfax County Park Authority, Virginia). Presented a two day interpretive training program on Interpretive Exhibit Planning and Interpretive Writing for Park Authority Staff, June, 2015. You can visit this amazing park here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/eclawrence/


Workshop participants working on mock-up exhibits (left ) and presenting their exhibit
deisgns and strategies to other course participant teams (right).


Lithuanian National mission for UNESCO/National Focal Point for Cultural Heritage - Two day conference on Capacity Building Training in Communication and Management of Trans-boundary Properties. John Veverka was invited as a presenter for this conference for training on the role of interpretation in communicating and managing the trans-boundary World Heritage Sites in the Baltic Sea region and to increase public awareness, involvement and support for the World Heritage. A lead partner was "Kursiu Nerija" (Curonian Spit) National Park and World Heritage Site (managed by both Lithuania & the Russian Federation) - http://www.nerija.lt/en. 28-29 September 2015.



One of the dramatic sand dunes that makes up the
50 miles of the Curonian Spit (left) and JV with other seminar participants on the top of one of the larger dunes (right).




Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. JVA was awarded the contract to develop the Interpretive Master Plan for the Leslie Science & Nature Center. The plan included several elements including: Developing a draft feasibility analsis for a new Nature Center, analsis for development/modifications for their "Critter House", review/development of a site signage plan, and analysis of the LSNC marketing plan and materials. The project was completd in March 2015. You can visit the LSNC at: http://www.lesliesnc.org/

Xochicalco World Heritage Site, Mexico - Interpretive media and services assessment as part of an evaluation team from the "Seminario Permanente de Museologia en America Latina" seminar,
October 25, 2014, State of Morelos, Mexico. Full interpretive master planning is scheduled for late 2017.




Developing an Interpretive Systems Plan for the total Metroparks of the Toledo Area system of parks. Starting in 2014 JVA will be developing the Interpretive Systems Plan for The Metroparks of the Toledo Area. The project will continue through 2015. To learn more about interpretive systems planning JVA has a publication on developing interpretive systems plans that we would be happy to e-mail you (as a PDF). You can contact JVA at: jvainterp@aol.com

CH2MHILL National Park Service IDQ. JVA is a team member with CH2MHILL in their recent award of an Indefinate Quanties Contact Award with the NPS. JVA will provide interpretive planning/design services as needed over the 5 year IDQ award period.


US Army Corps of Engineers. JVA was awarded a contract to totally re-vamp the interpretation course - Interpretation for Supervisors, Managers and Team Leaders, for the 2015 training seasons. This included a new schedule of instruction for the 4 1/2 day course and a new course manual. January 2015.

US Army Corps of Engineers, Interpretive Services Course, Huntsville, Alabama. This is year 4 into our 5-year contract for developing and teaching the 4-day interpretation courses on basic interpretive services. Training focuses on interpretive theory and principles, planninng interpretive media, planning, presentation of an interpretive program, and field experience in interpretive planning at theWheeler NationalWildlife Refuge. The course is taught twice each year. The first 2015 course was the week of 26 January, 2015 (class photo below).



Snowdonia National Park Training Center, Wales, UK. We have scheduled our 2015 courses (Interpretive Master Planning in March and a new course TBD October) - watch this web site or contact us for details. You can visit Plan Tan y Bwlch training center in Wales - UK at: http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/study-centre. Look under Professional Courses.

Korea National Arboretum. JVA, working with Dr. Ju-Hee Lee of Daegu University (Korea), began working on a new project for the Korean National Arboretum in 2012, developing an interpretive training program/exhibit planning training program, for Arboretum Staff. I will be working on a strategy for training people who want to be an expert on Interpretive Education and Exhibit Planning in Arboretum settings for the first phase. Current work includes developing the full curricula for the training program as well as lesson plans, teaching aides and related materials, all of which will be translated into Korean. I just finished my new book "An Interpretive Trainers Handbook" which will be incorporated into the training program. The project was completed in 2015.





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