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First Cohort Completes Public Health Fundamentals for Park and Recreation Professionals Certificate Program

March 25, 2016 No Comments

Earlier this month, the first cohort of ten professionals completed the Public Health Fundamentals for Park and Recreation Professionals Certificate Program offered through the Eppley Institute’s online learning environment ProValens. The certificate program is the combination of five Public Health & YOU e-courses and post-course assignments that promote the participants understanding of their agencies contribution to community health.

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.  

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial through our new micro-learning series!

February 3, 2016 No Comments

Learn about the history of the National Park Service (NPS) with our free micro-learning e-courses! In celebration of the Centennial of the NPS, proValens will offer a 10-minute course each month to help you learn more about the NPS. No registration is required. Why micro-learning? Micro-learning courses are an excellent way to learn new things in quick and

Celebrate 2016 Outdoors!

January 15, 2016 No Comments

It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with a breath of fresh air! This year the Eppley Institute staff welcomed 2016 outdoors, from the Tennessee River in Knoxville, to Indiana state parks with family and friends. This holiday season I had the opportunity to visit Chain O’ Lakes State Park while visiting family in

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

Structure of the NPS

November 5, 2015 1 Comment

The National Park Service (NPS) serves over 275 million visitors per year. To achieve this there are many moving parts, the video below provides an overview of just how many parts are involved.

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

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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

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