Below are potential resources to use in further developing your project, defining your training needs or for background in environmental & sustainability education, interpretation and heritage & ecotourism.

Interpretive View
Inpiration, excitement, new ideas, creative solutions...from an Interpretive View. Interpretation fosters emotional and intellectual connections for visitors to public spaces, historical buildings and landscapes. Interpretive View is a source of new ideas for interpretation.

Assessment and Evaluation

Designing Evaluation for Education Projects A great resource from NOAA's Office of Education and Sustainable Development available in a PDF format.

Measuring the Success of Your Environmental Education Programs Another great on-line resource that will help you develop an evaluation plan for your EE program available in a PDF format.

My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant An on-line "evaluation consultant" created to assist you in your evaluation needs.

National Extension Water Outreach Education Resources for program evaluation with an emphasis on the use of Logic Models.

Environmental & Sustainability Education

A Guide to Curriculum Planning in Environmental Education David Engleson and Dennis Yockers, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Madison, WI 1994, 167 pgs.

Classroom Earth A great on-line resource for high school teachers to include enviromental topics in all their subjects.

The Designer's Atlas of Sustainability Ann Thorpe, Island Press: Washington, D.C. 2007, 226 pgs.

Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence North American Association for Environmental Education: Troy, OH 1996. NAAEE’s suggested guidelines for evaluation of EE materials being considered for classroom use. Available in PDF format.

EE-Linked Networks A resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals in K-12 environmental education.

Investigating & Evaluating Environmental Issues & Actions: Skill Development Program, Harold Hungerford, Ralph Litherland, R. Ben Peyton, John Ramsey and Trudi Volk, Stipes Publishing: Champaign, IL 2003

Project Learning Tree Western Regional Environmental Education Council, et. al.
American Forest Foundation: Washington, DC, 1993, 402 pgs.

Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design), Council for Environmental Education: Houston, TX, 2000, page lengths vary

Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature Foundation: Nevada City, 1998, 170 pgs.

Windows on the Wild: Biodiversity Basics (Teacher and Student Editions), World Wildlife Fund, Acorn Naturalists: Tustin, CA. 1999, 477 pgs.


Creating Environmental Publications: A Guide to Writing and Designing for Interpreters and Environmental Educators, Jeffrey Zehr, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman, Interpreter’s Handbook Series, UW-SP Foundation Press, Inc.: Stevens Point, WI, 1989, 88 pgs.

Environmental Interpretation: A Practical Guide for People with Big Ideas and Small Budgets, Sam H. Ham, North American Press: Golden, CO, 1992, 456 pgs. OUT OR PRINT BUT NEW EDITION EXPECTED IN 2012!

The Good Guide: A Sourcebook for Interpreters, Docents and Guides, Allison L. Grinder and E. Sue McCoy, Ironwood Press: Scottsdale, AZ, 1985, 148 pgs.

Interpretive Centers: The History, Design and Development of Nature and Visitor Centers, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman, Interpreter’s Handbook Series, UW-SP Foundation Press, Inc.: Stevens Point, WI, 2003,

The Interpreter’s Guidebook: Techniques for Programs and Presentations, Kathleen Regnier, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman, Interpreter’s Handbook Series, UW-SP Foundation Press, Inc.: Stevens Point, WI, 1992, 101 pgs.

Interpretive Planning: The 5-M Model for Successful Planning Projects, Lisa Brochu, InterpPress (National Association for Interpretation): Colorado Springs, CO, 2004

Interpreting for Park Visitors, William J. Lewis, Eastern Acorn Press, Eastern National Parks & Monuments Association, 1974, 159 pgs.

Interpreting Our Heritage, Freeman Tilden, University of North Carolina Press: Durham, NC, various printings, 120 pgs.

Interpretive Master Planning, John A. Veverka, Interpretation Publication and Resource Center: North Stonington, CT, 1993, 60 pgs.

The Interpreters Training Manual for Museums, Mary Kay Cunningham, American Association for Museums, 2004

Interpretive Views, Edited by Gary Machlis, National Parks and Conservation: Washington, D.C., 1987, 178 pgs.

Making the Right Connections: A Guide for Nature Writers, James Heintzman, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman, Interpreter’s Handbook Series, UW-SP Foundation Press, Inc.: Stevens Point, WI, 1989, 48 pgs.

On Interpretation: Sociology for Interpreters of Natural and Cultural History, Oregon State University Press: Corvallis, OR, 1984, 176 pgs.

Personal Interpretation, Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman, Interp Press (National Association for Interpretation): Colorado Springs, CO, 2002 100 pgs.

Signs, Trails, and Wayside Exhibits: Connecting People and Places, Michael Gross, Ron Zimmerman and Jim Buchholz, Interpreter’s Handbook Series, UW-SP Foundation Press, Inc.: Stevens Point, WI, Third Edition 2006, 161 pgs.

The Wisconsin’s Interpreter Guide: A Practical Guide to Presenting Interpretive Programs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


National Association for Interpretation, PO Box 2246, Fort Collins, CO 80522, 888-900-8283 or 970-484-8283, $65 regular membership, professional journal (Legacy) published 6 times a year, annual National Interpreter’s Workshop, job line, regional newsletters and local chapters, ordering source for many of the publications listed on this document

North American Association for Environmental Education, 2000 P Street NW, Suite 540
Washington, DC 20036, (202) 419-0412 $55 general membership, annual conference, publications, EE-Link; NAAEE is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in over 55 countries around the world.

Other Resources

Acorn Naturalists, 155 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780, 800-422-8886; very thorough and complete selection of natural history and interpretive resources

Interpretation Worldwide

Interpretation spans the globe – check out these links:

Association for Heritage Interpretation (UK)
European Association for Heritage Interpretation

Interpretation Canada
Interp China

Interp Scotland
Interpretation Australia
National Association for Interpretation

Heritage & Ecotourism


A Community Guide to Nature Tourism The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has compiled a wonderful resource for developing nature tourism in your community.


Marine Tourism Best Management Practices: A Practical Guide for Puget Sound People for Puget Sound presents a resource manual for developing best practices for tourism around marine waters.

Providing Positive Wildlife Viewing Experiences is a great resource guide for planning watchable wildlife sites.

Heritage Tourism

Cultural and Heritage Tourism Resources This resource from the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington is a thorough listing of national, state and regional resources for projects in Washington State.


Cultural Heritage Tourism Toolkits This listing of federal agencies, state agenices and national organizations provides on-line tool kits for cultural and heritage tourism plannign , development and management efforts.


Prospering Places - A toolkit for Heritage Development– State of Utah This Heritage Tourism Toolkit is a package of practical tools that communities or groups can use to develop, manage, and protect their heritage resources.


Workshop materials from Storming the Sound - South, October 1, 2010