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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)

RPTM 325 Principles of Environmental Interpretation (3) Introduction, history, practice, and principles of contemporary interpretive activities common to natural and cultural history program sites.

RPTM 325 Principles of Environmental Interpretation (3)

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of environmental interpretation with special emphasis in understanding and applying the principles inherent in effective programs and presentations. The second objective is to provide information about career opportunities in the interpretive profession. The third objective is to provide students with a variety of service learning opportunities to help them refine their career aspirations.

Main topics typically include:
* Becoming aware of the history, professional resources and best practices in the field of environmental interpretation.
* Creating and using effective interpretive materials including exhibits and visuals aids in non-formal programs.
* Demonstrating sound interpretive methods and techniques by conducting short presentations.
* Gaining an awareness of the operation of a visitor center and the experience of using live animals in interpretive programming.
* Demonstrating a competency in program development by participating in the planning, presenting and evaluation of the Children's Halloween Trail at Shaver's Creek Environment Center.

This course is one of the selections for RPTM majors in the Environmental Interpretation emphasis and the Adventure-based Programming emphasis of the Outdoor Recreation Option. Students in other majors are welcome. This course is a pre-requisite for RPTM 326, 327, 425, and 430.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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