Process of Interpretive Planning

A way of thinking that leads to effective interpretive opportunities

The Process of Interpretive Planning course is designed to build upon your experience and knowledge of interpretation to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of how to create an interpretive plan for a site or organization. During this course you will take part in practicum activities and create one component of an interpretive plan.

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Upcoming Process of Interpretive Planning Courses

Course Content

This 40-hour course covers:

  • Introduction to the essentials of interpretive planning
  • Identifying key audiences
  • Developing a theme hierarchy
  • Choosing appropriate media
  • Evaluating impact


After completing this course, you will have a basic knowledge of:

  • The interpretive planning process
  • How to develop interpretive plans
  • How people make decisions to engage and stay engaged
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of interpretive opportunities
  • Identifying target audiences in a meaningful way

Registration Rates

$650 NAI Member
$725 Non-member (includes a complimentary one-year NAI membership)

About the Instructor

Dr. David Bucy, CIP brings a wealth of knowledge obtained from over thirty-five years of experience as a trainer and interpretive planner as a principal of Bucy Associates, which specializes in providing interpretive planning and training throughout the U.S. and abroad. A Ph.D. from the University of Idaho with a specialty in Interpretation and Communication Theory enhances his expertise. Dave has served as an NAI board member, presenter at NAI regional and national workshops, and is a long-time member of NAI.

What people are saying about this course:

"This workshop gave me ways to communicate my ideas with management, and it helped me feel more confident in my professional role."

"The class gave me practical skills that I can implement at my site. My interpretive planning skills will be used, not just sitting on a dusty shelf!"

"This was a great foundational course and had me thinking through a different lens. Excited to apply what I have learned into my work."

Upcoming Process of Interpretive Planning Courses

Process Of Interpretive Planning — Online
January 22–30, 2024

1/22/2024 12:00:00 AM

Process Of Interpretive Planning — Reston, VA
March 4–8, 2024
Reston Association, Walker Nature Center
Reston, Virginia

3/4/2024 12:00:00 AM

Process Of Interpretive Planning — Bloomington, MN
April 8–12, 2024
Three Rivers Park District, Richardson NC
Bloomington, Minnesota

4/8/2024 12:00:00 AM

Process Of Interpretive Planning — Reston, VA

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Process Of Interpretive Planning — Bloomington, MN

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