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Climate Change Interpretation Course.

The Heritage Interpretation Training Center's
New Course on Climate Change Interpretation - 2020

Interpretive Planning for Programs,
Exhibits, Panels and Related Services
To Help You Interpret Climate Change and Global Warming
Issues to Your Audiences, Communities and Regions.

13 Units, 4 CEU's

Climate change and global warming issues are quickly reaching a critical level affecting each of us as well as the world every day. From enabling extreme weather, sea level increases from glacial melting and flooding, affecting farming and food production, and the increasing health risks such as asthma in children, we, as interpreters, interpretive organizations and agencies, museums and zoo educators have to do a better job in interpreting climate issues to our visitors. We need to do this particularly at the grass root level, for our own visitors raising awareness of problems and de-bunking myths.

It is the focus of this course to help empower you to be an effective climate change educator, community interpretive resource and developer/presenter of interpretive programs, media and services to inspire your visitors to learn more about how climate change will, or currently does, affect them and their families personally, and inspire them to take active steps at home to help reduce the affects of climate change.

For this, as with all of our interpretive courses, you can/will:

1. Start the course at any time.

2. Work through the course at your own speed.

3. Receive text books and resource materials as e-books and PDF articles.

4. Chat with the course coach (John Veverka) any time via e-mail, telephone chat or SKYPE whenever you need some help, ideas or information.

5. Average time to work through the course would be 6-8 weeks, depending on your work schedule and time commitments, but you could complete the course faster.

6. Work on your specific projects, media or interpretive service as part of course assignments.

7. This course and assignments can be customized for your specific organization, objectives, or interpretive projects and media.

8. Finish the course with more than knowledge - finish with draft products to help you interpret climate change issues to your visitors or target markets.

9. You will receive 4 CEU unit credits and a certificate of completion for this course (and feel inspired and motivated to be an agent of change too).

This course will help you as you work through the following 13 Units:

Unit 1: Better understand the science and research into climate change and global warming.

Unit 2: Review interpretive principles and techniques you can use to interpret climate change issues.

Unit 3: Review studies and resources in how climate change affects fires and extreme weather.

Unit 4: Review studies and resources in how international rain forest and forest burning to create agricultural fields affects our climate today and into the future.

Unit 5: Understand how glacial melting is and will continue to affect sea level rise, and that affect (currently and in the future) on coastal cities and communities.

Unit 6: Review how climate change may be affecting your local parks, farmland, natural habitats, and weather issues today and possibly into the future (Your personal focus on developing interpretation address local issues).

Unit 7: Developing your theme(s) and interpretive objectives you would like to climate change interpretation to address and illustrate.

Unit 8: Understand your audience (market groups - local, tourists, school groups, etc.).

Unit 9: Develop planning for the kinds of interpretive media you would like to use to illustrate your interpretive theme and accomplish your objectives (live walks or hikes, self-guiding media, museum or interpretive center exhibits, interpretive panels, web site with on -line library, outdoor demonstration areas, and other interpretive services).

Unit 10: Use and review interpretive writing techniques to interpret "the rest of the stories" for copy/text for climate change interpretive media.

Unit 11: Develop your personal, agency or organizations climate change interpretation implementation strategy and phasing priorities.

Unit 12: Do it - be prepared with the FACTS and teaching aides - get feedback - are your objectives being accomplished?

Unit 13: Keeping current and support organizations to help you keep improving and updating your work and media development.

If you'd like additional information on this course please feel free to contact me at any time. If you'd like to register and start this course, just click on the "Pay Now" button below and we'll get you started.

John Veverka
The Heritage Interpretation Training Center

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