Course Registration

Process Of Interpretive Planning — Reston, VA

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March 4–8, 2024
Reston Association, Walker Nature Center
11450 Glade Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Instructor: Dave Bucy

About the Course

Creating effective interpretation begins with interpretive planning. Interpretive plans lay the foundation for the entire experience visitors have at a site. This course will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the interpretive planning process, so that you can create more integrated interpretive plans that support both orientation and interpretation.

During this course, you will learn about the basic principles of communication and how to apply them when designing visitor experiences. You will discover how to identify key audiences, develop a theme hierarchy, and choose appropriate interpretive media. Throughout the course, you will take part in activities designed to put new skills into practice and will gain practical experience working on a team by collaborating to create one element of an interpretive plan for the host site.

Registration Rates

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


The closest major airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD).


There are many lodging options in nearby Reston. Hotels in Reston are about a 10-minute drive from the nature center.

Site Information

The course will be held at Walker Nature Center. More arrival logistics will be shared upon registering. Course participants will have access to a meeting room with a refrigerator and freezer.

Contact Information

For more information about the course, please contact NAI at

Special Terms and Cancellation

Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. Please register but do not book any non-refundable travel arrangements until at least one month before the course. NAI is not responsible for refunding travel and/or accommodation costs. In the event that this course is canceled, NAI will contact you and you will receive a full refund.

If you need to cancel your registration, cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to Cancellations requested before February 16, 2024 will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee; after this date no refunds will be issued.

3/4/2024 - 3/8/2024
Reston Association, Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191
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