I recently spoke to Arkansas’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism about nature tourism. Here are notes from my comments. Nature tourism is a huge component in the tourism economy of every state. People are drawn to nature in many ways, ranging from motorcycle touring to weeklong backpacking through a dramatic Wilderness Area, paddling a Wild and Scenic River, … Continue reading Defining and Developing Nature Tourism
I saw it on Facebook – and I liked it. I had heard it before, and I’ve heard managers say the first line with heartfelt belief, and I can understand why. What if we spend the time and money to train our staff … and they leave? The statement is a logical outgrowth … Continue reading I saw it on Facebook: What if we spend time and money to train our staff …
Some years ago I brought in Dan Murphy from the Santa Fe office of the National Parks Service. He did a week-long workshop for us on interpretation that changed how we train and teach interpretation. I maintained a friendship with Dan for many years, bringing him back several times to speak to other groups and … Continue reading Oral History, Family History…Living History?
We just completed our annual interpretation workshop. I was reminded at every turn how important and valuable this regular training is. The word? SYNERGY!! We had 70 attendees from all types of interpretation positions – tour guides, gardeners, museum program assistants, living historians, interpreters and supervisors. And they were from all types of settings – … Continue reading Just training? Or … SYNERGY!
A little training is good for the soul…and everything else, too! You’ve heard the saying that goes something like: “The only thing constant in the universe is change.” You’ve also heard that “If you are not moving forward (as in changing) you are moving backward.” I’ve just enjoyed a fine winter of training. I have … Continue reading A little training is good for the soul…and everything else, too!
I am very lucky, privileged, to have been able to attend a goodly number of workshops and conferences. That may be because my bosses realize that I need all the help I can get. Or perhaps they realize that in such a creative and changing field as interpretation, exposure to the latest and greatest ideas … Continue reading Stop That Train!