Nature Interpretation in the Nordic Countries

A Book about Experiences, Learning, Reflection and Participation When People and Nature Meet

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Nature interpretation in the Nordic countries is a book about communication between nature interpreters and their participants in our landscapes. It's about first hand experiences of nature and the importance of to paying attention to what is inspiring and fascinating, especially valuable or threatened. And about possibilities to reflect over the relation between human and nature. Educators, researchers and interpreters contribute with articles about nature interpretation it theory and practice. The book is written for everyone who is interested in how interpretation can contribute to a sustainable future, nature conservation and areas in society like public health, democracy and the right for all citizens to visit and experience nature. The purpose is to inspire nature interpreters to offer more and even better experiences and learning in the Nordic nature and cultural landscapes.



The Strategic Intepreter

In this chapter we will discuss what it means to work strategically as a nature interpreter – how to plan interpretation in order to achieve its aims. The previous chapter stressed the nature interpreter's personal skills in planning and executing the different nature interpreter roles. Now we will take it a step further – and discuss why planning, follow-up and evaluation are crucial, as well as the importance of being relevant to and involving participants and their perspectives in planning and implementation. We will also address how nature interpreters might collaborate with colleagues and with other professions to achieve as many societal benefits, positive experiences and learning opportunities as possible.


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