Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Course

Virtual Classroom—Distance Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 17:00

February 28-March 2, 2017          12:00pm-5:00pm ET daily

Want to learn how to better communicate climate change to your audiences? This free three-day virtual course includes webex plenary sessions, activities, and group discussions to enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites.
The next course offering is Tuesday, February 28 -- Thursday, March 2. Learn more on the NPS Common Learning Portal course listing. You can also download the course announcement. Please contact Matt Holly at for more information.

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

This course will provide an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Participants will consider a range of engagement techniques such as facilitated dialogue, skills for dealing with controversy, and presenting multiple perspectives. These and other techniques will be applied to an overview of climate science and audience research. Participants will engage in group discussions to share best practices, build confidence and identify meaningful site connections.

This course will be presented via a distance learning "virtual" classroom -- each day will involve a schedule of webex plenary sessions, activities, and group discussions. Virtual class participation will require a work station with computer, reliable internet and phone access. Pre-course assignments and webinar information will be sent to participants after registration closes.

Also available (free) -- Self Study Modules for Interpreting Climate Change.

Pre-requisite -- To participate in this class, you should possess an understanding of the professional standards for interpretation as defined by the Interpretive Development Program and/or the National Association for Interpretation. 

PARTICIPANTS: Interpretation and education practitioners and supervisors – from both natural and cultural sites -- who are developing/presenting climate change programming at their sites, or are interested in doing so but aren’t sure if/how to proceed. Interested employees from other career fields, other agencies and partner are also welcome to apply, on a space available basis. 

CLASS SIZE:    60 participants* 

REGISTRATION: Register in DOI Learn* (or see below) – deadline is January 31, 2017. 

IMPORTANT: Supervisory approval is not required through DOI Learn – it is the participant’s responsibility to request approval and time for full class participation. 

Time commitment for this class is 15 hours total class time plus 3-4 hours for pre-course assignments, and a short homework assignment each day.

Participation in all class sessions and activities is required for course credit.


*Other agencies and partners (FWS, BLM, NASA, NOAA, USFS, NAI) are welcome to apply pending available space. Priority will be given to DOI employees. Those without DOI Learn access, please complete this Non-DOI Registration Form before January 31. You will be notified by February 3 if space is available.