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Welcome to the Interpretive Resources and Tools webpages for California State Parks.  Here you will find resources from California State Parks that may be of interest or use to interpreters.  From Photographic Archives to Interpretive Providers, these pages will assist you in getting information, statistics, recommendations and ideas that we hope assist you in meeting the needs of your visitors. If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas on how to improve this site or questions about the resources included here, contact the Interpretation and Education Division at

For ease of navigation, the resources included on this site are separated into the following categories:

Program Policies and Handbooks
From A (Accessibility) to V (Volunteers), this is your one-stop location for policies and guidance related to many Department programs related to interpretation. Included on this page is information about and links to the following:

 Interpretation and Education Chapter, California State Parks Department Operations Manual
 Creations of the Mind: California State Parks Intellectual Property Handbook
 Junior Ranger Program Handbook (and Adventure Guide)
 Volunteers in Parks Program Guidelines
 Donor and Sponsorship Recognition Guidelines
 Parks Accessibility Guidelines and Transition Plan
 Cooperating Association Program Manual
 Children in Nature campaign website
 Ft Ross Interpretive Special Event Training Handbook
 Summer Learning Program Report

Interpretive Services Coordination and Management
Are you coordinating, supervising or managing interpretation in State Parks? If so, you should find the information on this page useful for such things as evaluation of interpretive presenters, training tools, and guidance on applying for grants. Included on this page:

 Aiming for Excellence: An Evaluation Handbook for Interpretive Services in California State Parks
 Basic Interpretation Learning System
 The Catalyst newsletter
 School Group Program Evaluation results
 Guidance on grants for parks and recreation providers.
 Integrating Academic Content Standards into Interpretive Programs Online Training

Interpretive Services Creation and Development
Now we're getting into the nitty-gritty, the nuts and bolts of what we interpreters do. You'll find useful background information on this page, guidance on interpretive planning and completed plans, our interpretive providers database, and much more. Included on this page:

 Science, Poetry and Parks: A Sourcebook for Interpreters of California's Natural History
 Interpretive Providers Database
 California State Parks Interpretation Planning Workbook
 Completed Interpretation Master and Action Plans
 Sample Interpretive Service Plans
 The Baker's Handbook
 Guide for Preparing a Furnishing Plan
 All Visitors Welcome: Accessibility in State Park Interpretive Programs and Facilities
 California in Time chronology
 Five Views: An Ethnic History Site Survey for California
 Guide to the California State Parks Photo Archives
 Blank Park Activities Announcements templates

Useful Information for Park Visitors
Want something you can lay your hands on quickly and immediately provide to your visitors? Then make sure to check out this page with everything from information on our Park Panel Program to download-and-print brochure inserts and bulletin board flyers. Included on this page:

 Park Panel Program
 Transcripts of videos shown in our parks
 Guides for educators
 Informational brochures, inserts and flyers suitable for copying and distribution
 Guide to Environmental Education Programs