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Using Interpretation to Accomplish Management Objectives.



Using Interpretation to Help Accomplish Management Objectives
Twelve Units, Two CEU Credits
Tuition - $250.00



Critical issue - interpreting habitat damage after Hurricane Sandy.


The idea of using interpretation to help accomplish management objectives is relatively new, but gaining in use. Originally interpreters main jobs were to serve as "entertainment directors" for parks, historic sites, etc. Most of the early photographs of interpreters or "naturalists" usually had them pointing at something - flowers, geological features, historic structures and so on. And in most professional job settings we were expendable. Whenever there was a budget problem, the interpreters in the agencies were the first to go. After all, they didn't do anything "essential". The agencies, or the interpreters themselves hadn't realized the true potential and value of interpretive communications to address management issues and critical issues sites or agencies may face, both short and long term.


What kinds of management issues can interpretation help with? Here are a few:

- Help promote water safety issues (wearing Personal Floatation Devices, not drinking alcohol while boating, swimming safety) and many other safety issues as well.

- Help protect cultural sites or resources from vandalism.

- Help visitors understand various resource management programs and activities they may see such as prescribed burns or removal of invasive plant species.

- Helping to prevent the spread of invasive species such as zebra mussels.

- Wilderness hiking safety and stewardship issues.

- Understanding ecosystem management activities and the benefits of this management approach to the environment, communities, and the visitor.

- Protecting historical and archaeological resources from visitor damage or collecting.

- Helping to instill a sense of ownership and pride in local resources or history to gain community support of various management programs and policies.

- Help in the recruitment of volunteers.

- Gaining political support for bond issues and other revenue political actions.

- Increasing visitation numbers and improved marketing strategies.

And the list can go on and on.

It is the goal of this course to help participants identify, recognize and utilize interpretive communications to help address their unique management issues for their site or organization and develop interpretive media and services strategies the mitigate these challenges and gain the visitor's support in addressing them.

About the Instructor: Prof. John Veverka



- B.S and M.S in Heritage Interpretation - The Ohio State University
- Ph.D. program in Interpretation at Michigan State University.
- Adjunct Professor Heritage Interpretation (summer heritage tourism institutes) North Carolina State University,
- New York State University. Adjunce Professor, Heirtage Tourism Institute.
- NAI Certified Interpretive Planner and Trainer
- NAI Fellow
- Certified Professional Heritage Interpreter (Canada).
- Author of several interpretive planning/training college text books.
- Publisher of InterpNEWS - the International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine.
- 40 years of interpretive planning, training and writing experience.
- Sr. Instructior, Kansas State University - Global Campus (Interpretive Planning).



What are the Units?

Unit One - an overview of interpretive principles and techniques.

Unit Two - The interpretive planning model for developing your "interpretation as a management tool" strategies.

Unit Three - The math - cost/contact and cost effectiveness of using interpretation to help reduce or eliminate the management issue or problem.

Unit Four - What is (are) the management issues you want interpretation to help address?

Unit Five - What are the objectives you want your interpretive media to help accomplish related to your management issues?

Unit Six - Using interpretation to address long term issues (vandalism, damaging historic sites or archaeological sites, etc.).

Unit Seven - Using interpretation to address short term management challenges (hunting seasons and hunter safety, bird migration and nesting area closures, etc.).

Unit Eight - Using interpretation to address critical issues (forest fires, flooding, etc.)

Unit Nine - Developing the best interpretive media options to address specific management issues or challenges.

Unit Ten- Developing your marketing strategy to address visitor involvement or role in solving or minimizing the management issue(s).

Unit Eleven - Monitoring and evaluation - is your strategy working to reduce or address the management issue? Setting up a monitoring program.

Unit Twelve - sharing what you learned from your activity - conferences or articles in interpretive publications.

Here is how to register for the course:


1. Contact John Veverka by e-mail to see if there are current openings in the course (limited to 10 participants at one time). Contact John at: jvainterp@aol.com.

2. If there are openings you'll be sent a simple registration form to fill out and return to John. If there are not currently any open spaces JV will let you know and if you wish, add you to the participant waiting list.

3. Once you receive your regisgration form/placement confirmation, then you can pay the course tuition. You can pay by credit card or paypal here at the web site (below). If paying my check, you can mail your payment to John Veverka at the address below.

4. Once all this business bit is completed, John will send you Unit One and all related course materials and an e-copy of his text book "Interpretive Master Plannning". He will also be happy to chat with you as well to make introductions and get you going.

In you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask.

For payments by check or money order (in USD), mail to:














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