Interpretation Course by Interpret Europe

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Our Parks and Protected areas form the bedrock of much of Europe’s Cultural heritage. The food we eat, clothes we wear, customs to mark the passing of seasons and even language can all be connected to our landscape.

 In an increasingly disconnected European society it is often by reconnecting to nature through our protected areas, that people can understand their culture once more.

The Protected areas therefore have an important function to deliver…..through the work of guides, ranger and the parks messages itself.

Interpret Europe have develop a series of excellent training course that will enable those working in or with parks to get the best interpretation possible that will help visitors and communities understand, value and care for their natural and cultural heritage.

EUROPARC warmly invites members to send staff and partners to develop their communication skills and rethink and revitalize the interpretation offers of the park.

The next course is in Krakow from June 11th-15th and we urge you to REGISTER NOW. You can find details HERE

About the Interpretation Course

The course hosts say   “We believe that cultural and natural heritage is a great treasure. However, it is not enough to protect it. We should also share it, making it available in a thoughtful, interesting and engaging way, making it easier for recipients to understand and appreciate its values.”

Hear what some of your fellow park people have said about the Interpret Europe training courses

How can Interpret Europe’s course for Certified Interpretive Guides help those working in National Parks?

Brigitte Eckle, Manager of ‘Haus des Wasser’ (House of Water), Hohe Tauern Nationalpark (Tyrol, Austria):

For me, the CIG Training opened a new approach to programs with adults. Shining eyes, ‘aha-moments’ and interested questions from curious participants in my programs give proof that the interpretive methods really work. Interpretation allows us to get a different view on things in our environment and to connect it with our own experience. Interpreting is the perfect tool for me to achieve that goal. I now have so many things to add to my programs and now they are really harmonious.

Klaus Puntaier, Manager of ‘Naturparkhaus Schlern-Rosengarten‘, Naturpark Schlern-Rosengarten (South Tyrol, Italy):

In my job, I try to get people closer to nature and to convince them of the importance of protecting it. It is really important to deliver facts and data. However, we do not reach people and sensitize them with pure facts about Geology, Botany and Zoology…. Therefore we have to address people directly. Interpretation is for me very valuable in doing this.

Benjamin Mader-Bock, Park Ranger, National Park Gesäuse, (Styria, Austria):

Not only was the CIG-Training a great personal experience and exercise but it also provided me with a new set of tools for use in my work. It was a unique opportunity to hone my skills as a guide and learn new ways of reaching and guiding our visitors. And above all it was great fun working with other guides and learning with and through them.

Doris Remschak, Park Ranger, National Park Gesäuse, (Styria, Austria):

The CIG training helped me to focus on the phenomenon and not to talk about thousands of other things. It encouraged me to leave questions open and to provoke people to reflect and find their own answers.
I own a small shop and I often use interpretive techniques to get in better contact to my customers.

Johanna Eisank, Assistant in environmental education, in charge of the Partnerschools  & Junior Ranger project, National Park Gesäuse, (Styria, Austria):

In spite of my study in environmental education, I got a lot of inspiration and thought-provoking impulses for my programmes in the national park Gesäuse (Austria) during my CIG. Because of the CIG I look differently on our natural heritage and on single phenomena in nature. I have learned, that it is important to relate on people’s daily life – so they can better understand how nature develops and acts. As a park ranger leave your knowledge out and work with the experiences of your visitors – then add some of your experiences, provoke emotions and you are perfectly fine. It’s not about knowing everything, it’s about finding a link between your visitors and natural/cultural heritage.

For my work in the national park, the CIG immensely changed my demand on my factual knowledge. Now I don’t give a lot of facts to our visitors, instead, I am trying to give inspiration and meaningful experiences.