Join us for the four week course Introduction to Heritage Interpretation. This is an entry level interpretation course, that reviews the current state-of-the-art in interpretive philosophy, techniques and services, based on "outcome based" interpretation.  The course centers around Tilden's Interpretive Principles, and developing interpretive themes and objectives for any interpretive program, tour, exhibit or service.

Join us for the four week course Planning and Presenting Live Interpretive Programs. This course is especially designed for Museum/Heritage Site volunteers and docents who have a passion for sharing their love of history, art, nature or other topics with visitors to their particular site, and provide their services on a volunteer basis.

Many of the docents we have had the pleasure of providing training workshops for are retired teachers, historians, naturalists or others with a desire to instill that love of their subjects with the visitors they meet and guide and really like connecting with people of all ages.

Join us for the four week course Creating Exhibitions through the Collective: Insight into Community Co-Curation.

Want to create an exhibit that utilizes your community?

If so, Creating Exhibitions through the Collective is for you. This class will be focused on community co-curation. We will investigate how community involvement during all stages of the exhibit development process can lead to more interpretation that is credible, community empowerment, and advocacy. Tips and strategies will be provided to build sustainable frameworks for this type of engagement.

Join us for the four week course Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums. This course will be a survey of the practical aspects of interpretation and public programming, operational changes, building construction, and community engagement in service to the message of how changes in our museum work can deepen museums’ connections to their communities and increase museums’ charitable value.

Join us November 6, 2017 for the four week course Interpretive Writing. This is a basic interpretive writing course designed to be a follow-up course for the Introduction to Heritage Interpretation course, and future interpretation courses. It will give participants an understanding of and skill in development of actual "interpretive" writing based on Tilden's Interpretive Principles.

Join us January 8, 2018 for the four week course The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Toolbox. This course is designed for medium to small museums that may be doing most of their interpretive exhibits "in house". It provides a strategy to help them develop cost effective and "successful" interpretive exhibits (Provoke, Relate, Reveal) based on interpretive objectives and interpretive theme development and illustration.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals, agencies or organizations that may currently be involved with an interpretive master planning project for their historic home/garden.
  • Individuals, agencies or organizations that are planning on developing an interpretive master plan in the future for their site or organization.
  • Individuals offering interpretive planning contract services who do not possess a college level degree in interpretive services or who have not had any formal training in interpretive master planning.
  • Any individual interested in advancing their knowledge and skill level in heritage interpretation planning with a focus on Historic Homes and Gardens.

This course will:

  • Guide you in developing your interpretive plan yourself or with other team members.
  • Give you expertise in being an interpretive planning project manager.
  • Give you direction in writing a Request for Proposal for hiring a consultant to do an interpretive master plan for you if you don't want to do the interpretive plan yourself.
  • Give you specific details of what should be in an Interpretive Master Plan for a Historic Home and Garden.
  • Give you skills in reviewing draft interpretive master plans prepared by others.

Join us March 5, 2018 for the four week course Evaluating Interpretive Exhibits. Exhibits are one of the most expensive of interpretive media we use, and yet one of the media that we often really don't know if "it works". We judge exhibits by their appearance rather than by their success in accomplishing meaningful objectives. We like to ask -if you spend $10,000.00 on your exhibits, how will you determine if you're receiving $10,000.00 in benefits from those exhibits That's usually when we get the "deer in the headlights" stare.

It is the goal of this course to give you some simple tools for doing evaluations of, or critiquing exhibits. Some tools for critiquing existing exhibits - to see if they are accomplishing their objectives and may be in need of rehabilitation, and some for pre-post testing evaluation of exhibits first being designed to see if they are accomplishing their objectives prior to final construction so they can be "fixed" to be more effective.