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Personal Interpretation - updated Dec. 2012, Foreword by Dr. Sam Ham     

AVAILABLE HERE

If you only had time to read one book before becoming a front-line guide or interpreter, Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience with Heritage Resources is the ideal resource. Written in clear, concise language with many examples, it employs the most current ideas in the interpretive profession. It also shares some of the rich traditions from interpretation's past masters, drawing on Freeman Tilden's principles and Enos Mills' thoughtful ideas on nature guiding. It will connect you with the more in-depth resources developed by authors such as Sam Ham, Bill Lewis, Douglas Knudson, Ted Cable, Larry beck, and Joseph Cornell. This resource shares the approaches tested and proven by the National Park Service and many other organizations along with the research concepts that back up their approaches.

Put the HEART Back In Your Community - Award Winning 
Every community has a story to tell, although sometimes the story has been buried by development without design. With a thoughtful approach to planning, your community can find the stories that will help bring social, economic, and environmental interests together around a central theme. Put the HEART Back in Your Community defines a process that will engage your civic leaders and residents in open discussions as they develop Community Experience Plans that help everyone to get a finger on the pulse of what makes your community unique.
The Leopard Tree - Winner of Two Literary Awards    
AVAILABLE HERE
Three orphans from Kenya embark on a desperate quest to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and deliver a message they hope will help millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz becomes their guidebook as they journey alone across the United States. The trio--one with HIV, one blind amputee, and one who hasn't spoken for years after watching her family slaughtered--find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their imaginations as they get close to meeting their goal. 

Interpretive Planning - The 5-M Model for Successful Planning Projects

If you only had time to read one book before becoming a front-line guide or interpreter, Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience with Heritage Resources is the ideal resource. Written in clear, concise language with many examples, it employs the most current ideas in the interpretive profession. It also shares some of the rich traditions from interpretation's past masters, drawing on Freeman Tilden's principles and Enos Mills' thoughtful ideas on nature guiding. It will connect you with the more in-depth resources developed by authors such as Sam Ham, Bill Lewis, Douglas Knudson, Ted Cable, Larry beck, and Joseph Cornell. This resource shares the approaches tested and proven by the National Park Service and many other organizations along with the research concepts that back up their approaches.