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Heusinkvelt, Amy J. The River and the Ranger: The Crafting and Background of an Interpretive Program. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mar 2020.


Copyright Amy J. Heusinkvelt 2020.


The central part of this creative project was the development and presentation of an interpretive program delivered in conjunction with employment at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. To supplement this place-specific program, a second program was developed retaining similar themes to the first, but designed to be presented in Lincoln. A brief history of the National Park Service as well as the fundamentals of interpretation were researched and elaborated upon to provide both a base and background for presentation of the interpretive programs. The project includes both self-assessment of the programs and research, as well as remarks, suggestions, and opinions of those who attended the program, including job supervisors. The result of this project was an increased appreciation and respect for interpretation, as well as the betterment of the Riverway and its visitors through the establishment of a program which will continue to be shared.