Interpretation and Public Engagement
Not all protected or conserved areas offer programs for visitors or recreation. Those that do rely on a broad set of communication, interpretation, education, and public engagement programs to spark connection to nature and culture.
Some of the most innovative interpretive programming is developed within Canada’s various park agencies. There are also non-profit organizations such as Interpretation Canada, the Interpretive Guides Association, and the American National Association for Interpretation. On a global scale, the IUCN Commission on Education and Communicationserves the mandate of connecting people with nature. We also are proud to uplift the work of the Canadian Parks Council and the Nature Playbook, a strategy to connect all people with Nature in Canada.
CPPCL sees value in promoting the value of interpreters and educators within organizations. CPPCL Youth Knowledge Gatherers have also explored the potential of creative and arts-based programming to help parks and protected areas meet our mandate.
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Mapping the Work
Contacts for interpretation, education, or learning within federal, provincial, or territorial parks and protected areas agencies.
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Champions and Innovators
CPPCL is grateful for a community of colleagues working in and helping build our understanding in this area of parks and protected areas leadership.
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