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Blaser, M. (2015). Opportunities of an interpretive application for self-guided tourism within the national park system (Master's project).


Professional Project, Presented to the Faculty of the College of Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015. Committee: Adam Wagler (Chair), Valerie Jones, Frauke Hachtmann.

Copyright (c) 2015 Monica K. Blaser


The primary issue being faced by the National Park Service today is a decrease in funding from the federal government. The consequences of these funding reductions include a decrease in park staff for several national parks. Fewer park rangers translates into missing experiences for park visitors and missed opportunities for the National Park Service to make meaningful interpretive contacts that assist the park service in achieving its mission of conservation. This project explores a modern alternative to in-park ranger interpretation via a mobile application that would allow for similar interactive experiences for the visitor while meeting the expectations and needs of the visitor. This project focuses on the interpretation of the Oregon National Historic Trail within the National Trails system.