Discover sense of place stories.
Gain creative tools & fresh techniques.
Uncover authentic ways you can make a difference.

Work with Erica:

Staff Training

Empower your Staff

Proven tools and techniques that help new and long-term staff experience a fresh approach to interpretation, program design, audience engagement and team-building.
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Inspire your attendees

An unforgettable journey across the American landscape and the lives lived there through story, song, reflection, humor and conversation that stirs personal stories and inspires ideas.
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Youth & Academic

Nurture the Next Generation

Awaken creative connections and help youth discover a sense of place and belonging no matter where they are. Cultivate leaders through integrative learning that bridges academic knowledge with personal experience.
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Workshops & Concerts

Engage your community

Customized sense of place programs to engage youth, families and adults. Help people to enjoy and appreciate places more, discover their personal stories and find their own authentic ways to make a difference.
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Erica Wheeler is a visitor experience specialist, speaker, educator and songwriter who works with organizations, groups and the public to evoke meaningful connections between people and place. Learn more about Erica and Sense of Place Consulting.
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Explore how her Sense of Place Discovery Process can help you in your personal or professional work.
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Clients Include:

Interpretive Training

National Park Service

  • Acadia NP
  • Adams NHP
  • Assateague Island NS
  • Big Thicket NP
  • Cape Cod NS
  • Everglades NP
  • Fredrick Law Olmsted NHS
  • Ft. Stanwix NHS
  • Gateway NRA
  • Governors Island NM
  • Grant-Khors NHS
  • Great Smokies NP
  • Hopewell Furnace NHS
  • Independence NHP
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS
  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller NHS
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Corridor
  • Salem Maritime NHS
  • Saint Gaudens NHS
  • Sagamore Hill NHS
  • Saugus Iron Mill NHS
  • Springfield Armory NHS
  • Yosemite NP

Other Training Sites

  • Arkansas State Parks Spring Training
  • Castle in the Clouds, NH
  • Historic Deerfield, MA
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation Conference
  • Maryland Parks and Recreation Association Conference
  • Montana State Parks Spring Training

Community Events,Workshops and Performances

Too countless to list!


    • American Horticultural Society Youth and Garden Symposium
    • Big Sur Land Trust 30th Anniversary Celebration
    • BioBlitz, National Mall and Memorial Parks
    • National Park Service Founders Day, National Mall and Memorial Parks
    • Maryland Land Trust Alliance
    • National Association for Interpretation Annual Workshop
    • National Association of State Park Directors Conference
    • National Association of State Park Volunteer Coordinators
    • National Religious Partnership for the Environment
    • Partners in the Parks, Howard County Parks and Recreation
    • Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism

    Academic Seminars & Residencies

    Undergraduate & Graduate

    • Antioch New England Graduate School, NH
    • Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment, MA
    • Paul Smiths College, Paul Smiths, NY
    • Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT
    • Teton Science School, Graduate Program, Kelly, WY
    • Washington University, Saint Louis, MO

    K- 12

    • Four Rivers Charter School, MA
    • Journeys School, Jackson, WY
    • Sterling Community School, Sterling, CT
    • All Saints' Episcopal Day School Carmel, CA


    • AmeriCorps, Vermont State Parks
    • World Wide Walden Youth Summit, The Walden Woods Project
    • Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature
    • Youth Conservation Corps, Trustees of the Reservation,
    • Young Writers and Artists Festival, Hathaway Brown School
    • Youth Leadership Academy, New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park