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Environmental Interpretation
ENVIRON INTERP
CLASS CODE: RL 342 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $10.00
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: RECREATION LEADERSHIP
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Techniques useful for outdoor recreation visitor information and education programs and services.
DESCRIPTION: Development of teaching techniques for building awareness of the environment. Communication, nature activities, art, music & historical association with the environment will be emphasized.

TOPICS:
OBJECTIVES: A. To expose students to the many techniques used to interpret the natural environment to others.
B. Give students an understanding of when and how each interpretive technique can be effective.
C. To allow students to develop and use interpretive programs of their own.
REQUIREMENTS: Required Text:
Beck, Larry and Cable, Ted. 1998. Interpretation for the 21st Century. Sagamore Publishing, Champaign, IL

Recommended Reading:
Knudson, Douglas M., Cable, Ted T. And Beck, Larry. 1995. Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources. Venture Publishing, State College, PA.

Tilden, Freeman. 1967 Interpreting our Heritage. Chapel Hill, NC: Univ. of North Carolina Press.

Sharpe, Grant. 1982 Interpreting the Environment. (2nd. ed) New York, NY: Wiley

Cornel, Joseph Bharat. Sharing Nature with Children, Ananda Publications. 1979.

Fazio, James R. and Douglas Gilbert. 1986. Public Relations and Communications for Natural Resource Managers Second Edition. Kendal/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubugue, Iowa.
Each student will be evaluated according to exams and individual interpretive projects. The Course is experiential in nature, thus attendance will be crucial to the students grade. Grading will be based on the midterm and final exam plus three projects: a non personal display, night walk, and trail project.
PREREQUISITES:
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002