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Environmental Education and Interpretation Option

The environmental education and interpretation option centers on the connection made between people and the resources. Interpretation students focus on this connection through the art and science of communication in order to inspire understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural world. It is through understanding and appreciation that public responsibility, stewardship, and tolerance are built.

Translating the language of the scientist, the voices of the past, and the significance of places to help create meanings and connections with the people of the present.

Hands-on experiences and course work combine to prepare students to excel in their careers. Course work is broad-based and encompasses a wide range of the sciences to enable students to interpret a wide range of topics. Six interpretation courses focus on both oral and written methods of communication. Learning through hands-on experiences, students lead walks, conduct an outdoor environmental education program, create brochures, and design and build exhibits. Our program is designed for students to learn in the field, in the classroom, and in the lab. Throughout the program, students explore various communication strategies to meet specific goals and objectives designed to manage natural resources more effectively. Click here to view a short powerpoint presentation about the interpretation option.

Interpretation graduates find jobs as park rangers and naturalists, environmental educators, natural resource specialists, graphic designers, and communications experts. Whether your goal is to go to graduate school or to start a career, our faculty and facilities will help you find your niche in the interpretive world. If you want to make a difference in how people see and understand the world around them, the interpretation option is for you.