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National Park Service Facility Manager Leaders Program 9th Class Graduates!

April 26, 2016 No Comments

On April 14, 2016, the National Park Service saw its ninth class of the Facility Manager Leaders Program (FMLP) graduate in the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. In their final week of this program, the students came to Washington DC and gave poster presentations to family, colleagues, and mentors on what they learned throughout the past

Eppley Travels to the Blue Ridge Parkway

March 23, 2016 No Comments

In February, the Eppley Institute’s Christy McCormick went to North Carolina with Team Llano of the Facility Manager Leaders Program, to help create the Blue Ridge Parkway Annual Work Plan, which outlines maintenance and operations requirements of the visitor centers, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Check out some of Christy’s photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

Where in the World is Sea Otter Island National Park?: Learning in a Simulated Environment

November 13, 2015 No Comments

An Immersive Learning Experience using Simulation The students enrolled in the National Park Service’s Facility Manager Leaders Program have spent the past two weeks as the new Facility Manager of Sea Otter Island National Park. They have been tasked with creating an Annual Work Plan for the maintenance division of the park. Prior to their “trip” to Sea

Guest Blog: Exploring Two-Way Interpretation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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September 3, 2015 No Comments

As a Ph.D. student at Indiana University I’ve been working alongside Dr. Doug Knapp and Ph.D. candidate Brian Forist researching two-way interpretation. That is, interpretation characterized by the mutual sharing of information, questions, and experiences between visitors and interpreters. Dr. Knapp’s body of research has shown that this type of interpretation is often more successful at generating long-term

Guest Blog: Interpretation Research Grant Funds Student Research in Community Education Needs Assessment

Carly Swatek

July 29, 2015 No Comments

Parks, zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and other informal learning centers play a unique role in creating a sense of community among visitors and residents. Many of the organizations in a geographical area have similar educational missions that focus on connecting visitors with natural and cultural resources at their site. Many organizations opt to work together, building partnerships that

Guest Blog: Reflections on Interpretation Research at James A. Garfield NHS

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July 22, 2015 No Comments

In 2014, with the support of the Eppley Institute’s Interpretation Research Grant, I completed an evaluation of landscape interpretation at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the late-nineteenth-century Northeast Ohio home of the 20th President. This historic site has a rich landscape history with ties to agricultural change, the agrarian myth in American culture, and suburbanization. However, the

Upcoming Guest Blogs on Interpretation Research Projects


July 22, 2015 No Comments

In 2014 the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University offered research grants in the field of interpretation. The grants, which were available to any new faculty member or student enrolled in a graduate degree program with an interpretation component at any university, were awarded to three recipients: Eric Knackmuhs, a PhD student at Indiana University,

International Certification: Unifying a Global Industry

July 8, 2015 No Comments

World Urban Parks (formerly the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration) held its inaugural World Congress in late May. As part of the pre-conference schedule, the World Parks Academy held a workshop. The workshop brought together people from 17 different countries who were eager to learn about how to become CIPP certified! The Certified International Park Professional

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