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If you are a teacher searching for classroom materials, a student doing research, or a person looking for a place to spend some time, have some fun and learn in the process, LearnNPS is for you.

Here you'll find curriculum, fun and games, a guide to park Junior Ranger programs and a host of other fun and educational media created by the National Park Service and our partners.

Come on in and experience your America in a new way.



What is Interpretation?

The word Interpretation means many things. It can mean the translation of languages, perceptions about poems or novels, how a person feels about a historic building, or thinks about a scientific theory.

In the National Park Service, other agencies and many zoos and aquaria around the world, Interpretation is the process of providing each visitor find an opportunity to personally connect with a place. Each individual may connect to the place in a different way...some may not connect immediately, but everyone should have an opportunity to explore how that special place is meaningful to them.

It might be that a ranger 's discussion of a scenic vista inspires an emotional connection for some. In the mind of another, an interpretive sign describing the geologic history of the same landscape might provoke a more intellectual connection.

The goal of all interpretive services is to increase each visitor's enjoyment and understanding of the parks, and to allow visitors to care about the parks on their own terms.


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