What Is Interpretation?
Interpretation is a communication process that links guests to nature, history, culture, and park services through memorable experiences. The DNR experts who lead us in providing those links are called “interpretive naturalists” because they do much more than identify plants and wildlife.
Interpretive naturalists encourage guests to discover the outdoors and value the properties they visit. They help guests develop positive personal connections with our properties.
Each site has a unique history and resource management needs. Interpretive naturalists share that uniqueness through programs, nature center exhibits, conversations, social media messages, bulletin boards, and in many other ways to inspire, inform and arouse the curiosity of guests. Their ultimate goal is to instill a “sense of place” and understanding of each property’s uniqueness.
Interpretive naturalists are part of a team - a property manager, an assistant manager, an assistant manager for wildlife (on some reservoir properties,) office staff, full time laborers and mechanics, gate attendants, mowing and cleaning crews and lifeguards – all working together to provide a high-quality experience and “Service State Park Style” for each visitor.
You can find information about the talks, hikes, craft programs, campfire programs, presentations, demonstrations, virtual programs, and other activities offered at each property on the DNR calendar. Find a nature center near you.