Interpretive Skills Training

a fresh approach for connecting People and Place

Designed for interpreters, educators, museums, conservation organizations and those whose work involves connecting people and place.

Rooted in The Soulful Stewardship Method, Erica's training will give your staff new tools and techniques to help them recharge their connection to their work, innovate program design, hone delivery skills, and find authentic ways to evoke stories and connections in visitors today.  

Participants walk away with improved skills in interpretation, creative thinking, storytelling, program design, audience engagement and team-building. Effective for all site types; from wild to urban and from military to historic. For brand new hires to seasoned staff.

See below for training options and formats. Learn more about Erica's philosophy and approach. 


Gain Techniques and Polish Skills

for stronger Audience engagement

✓ Empower Creative Thinking
✓ Design and Deliver Well-Balanced Programs
✓ Cultivate Teamwork and Collaboration
✓  Mitigate Burnout


Training Format Options:


Introductory Seminar

Introductory Seminar
[75 min. to half day]

Especially for volunteers, this hands-on, interactive session provides an interpretive overview and offers techniques to hone program delivery. Excellent for team-building to get the season started. (Limited availability) 

“Re-energizing for even the most seasoned staff”
— Participant, Ft. Stanwix National Historic Site

1. The Core Curriculum Intensive [1-Day Format]


1-Day Format

This signature training is customized for your site and works for all levels of experience, from new hires to seasoned staff.

The one-day format structure follows seven segments that lead participants on a comprehensive learning journey that empowers creativity and offers a fresh or renewed understanding of the art and science of interpretation. Participants gain skills in program delivery and team building, and outline a well balanced program to engage diverse visitors.

“I see how I can apply this to tours that seem stale.”
Montana State Historical Society
— Montana State Historical Society

2. The Interpretive Skills Boot-camp [2-Day Format]


2-Day Format

This two day format builds on the one day training and allows time for participants to practice and integrate the ideas and skills gained in day one.

The second day allows time develop ideas, build on personal strengths and work collaboratively with others. Participants gain experience offering a complete well-balanced program as a collaborative team. This format allows time for valuable peer and instructor feedback.

“I’m inspired to use the toolbox we’ve been given in my interpretive programs. I’m excited to use these new techniques.”
— Participant, Acadia National Park

3. Mastering The Art of Interpretation [3-day Format]


3-Day Format

This three day format empowers staff to design, develop and deliver fresh programs.

The third day allows time for participants to develop and practice their ideas, and get additional support for program development and delivery. Participants offer their programs as practice, increasing their confidence in delivery style and honing their techniques for increased audience engagement.

“This training served as a solid foundation for our seasonal training and complimented prior training around audience-centered engagement techniques, peer coaching, and resource content.”
— Chief of Interpretation, Marsh-Billings-Rockerfeller NHP & Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

4. Master Class [follow up/Return Visit]


Master Class

This follow-up master class builds on the previous training time to reinforce ideas, practice techniques and further support staff with collaborative program development and individual coaching/support.

This can be further customized to support your current staffing needs and priorities.

“I’ve attended numerous session throughout my career, and I honestly feel that this was the best, most energetic, true feeling workshop about what we do and love.”
— Participant, Howard County Parks and Recreation, Columbia, MD
Training for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area & Erie Canal National Heritage Area

Training for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area & Erie Canal National Heritage Area

5.Sense of Place Tourism

Designed to foster collaborative exchange between stakeholders, community members, organizational staff and others through cultivating and sharing sense of place stories.

This work helps generate fresh ideas, boost creativity, team-build and discover strategies that enrich a sense of place and belonging.

    Interpretive Training/NPS

      •  Acadia NP
      • Adams NHP
      • Assateague Island NS
      • Big Thicket NP
      • Cape Cod NS
      • Denali National Park and Preserve
      • 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
      • Women's Rights NHP
      • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
      • Yosemite NP

      Other Training Sites

      • Arkansas State Parks Spring Training
      • Maryland Parks and Recreation Association Conference
      • Montana State Parks Spring Training
      • Historic Deerfield
      • Idaho State Parks and Recreation Conference