The Catalyst Newsletter

The Catalyst is "The Newsletter for Interpretation in California State Parks."  In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that starts or speeds up a reaction. Likewise, in The Catalyst you will find thought-provoking, useful and entertaining information that will help your work or fuel a discussion. The Catalyst includes everything from news stories to reflections from interpreters; from ideas for programs and recommendation of tools, to guidance and advice on issues related to interpretation.  The Catalyst is published periodically, usually two to four times per year. Since 2006 each issue has focused on a single topic, and has been compiled by a different guest editor. Past issues starting with Spring 2000 are included below.

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New! Spring 2014 - Unlocking the Mysteries of Intellectual Property

Fall/Winter 2012 - Partnerships with Native California Indians

Summer 2011 - Interpreting Climate Change
 
Fall 2010 - Interpreter's Road Map to DOM Chapter 0900

Summer 2010 - The Power of Partnerships

Fall 2009 - The Money Issue

Spring/Summer 2009 - Interpretive Training

Summer 2008 - Children in Nature

Fall 2007 - Interpreting Cultural Landscapes

Spring 2007 -  Volunteer Training

Winter/Fall2006 - Accessibility and Interpretation

Spring/Summer 2006 - Environmental Living and Studies Programs

Spring 2005 

Winter 2004

Fall 2003

Summer 2003

Spring 2003

Winter 2002-03

Fall 2002

Summer 2002

Spring 2000

Contributor's Guidelines

The Catalyst welcomes your original articles of any length!  Or, send copies of stories published elsewhere that you think our readers will appreciate.  (Be sure to include information about the publication so we can get permission to use the material.)  You may submit an article at any time.  We really appreciate articles submitted on disk or by e-mail.  We can read most formats of DOS/Windows disks.  Printed manuscripts, facsimile or phone messages are also accepted.  Please advise if you would like your diskette returned, otherwise we will recycle it in our office to save postage.  Illustrations are strongly encouraged.  Drawings, graphs or other illustrations may be submitted on disk or hard copy.  Black and white glossy photos are preferred; color prints or slides are usually acceptable.  All photos and artwork submitted will be returned promptly.  To submit an article or inquire about submissions, contact the Interpretation and Education Division, PO Box 942896, Sacramento CA 94296-0001; phone: 916 654-2249; fax: 916 654-9048; email: interp@parks.ca.gov.

For More Information

For more information on The Catalyst or to change your address or request a free subscription, contact:
California State Parks
Interpretation and Education Division
PO Box 942896
Sacramento CA 94296-0001
phone: 916 654-2249
email: interp@parks.ca.gov

In 2001, The Catalyst was awarded a Silver Award by the California State Information Officers Council (SIOC).  The awards competition honors employees of state agencies and departments for their achievements in media relations, internet design, audio-visual productions, and more.  The judges noted that The Catalyst was especially deserving of an award because it has no budget and no staff--the editors and contributors find time for it outside of their regular duties.  Congratulations to editor Brian Cahill, the Catalyst Committee, and its many contributors!