American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Interpretation 101: Training Techniques for Engaging Garden Interpreters
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Congressional A
C. Brown, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, District of Columbia; J. Zazo-Brown, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, District of Columbia; T. Zastrow, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; J. Dick, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Pre-Registration Required: 

We share our mission to our guests through exhibits, discovery carts, tours, and programs. Both staff and volunteers interpret our mission to guests through these methods. Discover how interpretive tools and methods are used to convey the chosen message and inspire action. Learn how various gardens combine content with interpretive techniques to train volunteers to serve as teachers, docents, and guides. Hear from gardens that use the formal Certified Interpretive Guide training from the National Association of Interpretation and others that create their own training curriculum. Participants will be able to identify the benefits of diversifying interpretation techniques for more engaging interactions with varied audiences. In addition attendees will take home at least two different interpretive training techniques.