Tim Merriman, Executive Director Lisa Brochu, Associate Director
History of Heritage Interpretationin the U.S. Ill interpret the rocks, learn the language of the flood, storm, and the avalanche. Ill acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. John Muir
Enos Mills – 1868-1920 Adventures of a Nature Guide 1920 The aim is to illuminate big principles . . .
Freeman Tilden – 1883-1980 Interpreting Our Heritage 1957 Tilden’s Six Principles of Interpretation
Association of Interpretive Naturalists – 1954Western Interpreters Association – 1963National Association for Interpretation - 1988
NAI’s MembershipAbout 5000 individuals in 30 countries(mostly US) Federal State County/Local Private NGO For Profit
Definition of InterpretationA mission-basedcommunicationprocess that forgesemotional andintellectualconnections betweenthe interests of theaudience and themeanings inherent inthe resource.
NAI Program Activities Certification of professionals through peer review Training program for volunteers, part- time or seasonal workers, docents, new hires 5-day training workshops for trainers and planners
NAI program activities(continued) InterpPress books and ebooks Legacy Magazine Newsletters Standards and Best Practices Definitions Project (www.definitionsproject.com)
NAI program activities(continued) National Workshop (about 1000 people annually in the US) Regional and section activities International section International conference (about 150 people, in locations around the world)