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  • Brief Survey Related to Communicating about Climate Change

    AZA is a partner with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), a 2-year development project that is compatible with AZA’s strategic plan to address climate change issues over the next 5 years. We need your input on a brief survey to help NNOCCI shape plans aiming to support capacity-building throughout the AZA Informal Science Education community for effectively interpreting climate issues to public audiences.

  • Teen Climate Change Interpreters at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

    Each spring, the National Aquarium trains high school students to serve as interpreters in our galleries, with each committing to more than 120 hours of direct public contact. Students come from around the state of Maryland and must pass an interview, five-week training course, and exam before working with the public. These teens are a particularly valuable resource for interpretation throughout the year, especially in the busy summer months.

  • Our Children's Climate is Changing

    One of the challenges many interpreters face is addressing environmental or cultural issues with family audiences when the issue may not be particularly appropriate for young children.  This is often the case with climate change.  Many of us have programs or exhibits focused on this topic, and we have to make these effective for all audiences—we can’t limit our audience to adults only.  So how do we engage young audiences on the topic of climate change in developmentally appropriate ways?  This was the topic of a

  • Welcome to Climate Interpreter

    Hi folks! Great to see more and more people creating accounts here. If you are new, let me be the first to welcome you to your new favorite website, Climate Interpreter. So great to have you here. We've yet to start marketing beyond word of mouth within the aquarium, zoo, and informal science education community, so it is encouraging to see new profiles popping up. A positive sign of things to come. My name is Scott, and I am the website and community manager here. That is me there on the right a bit below pointing at all the wonderful words typed out on this page.

  • Training a Growing Community of Climate Change Interpreters

    This summer a collaborative group of aquarium interpreters from six different aquariums will be putting the finishing touches on a climate change interpretative training program three years in the making. Sponsored by a grant from IMLS, the “Ocean Change” project group is comprised of interpreters from the Vancouver Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Aquarium, and the New England Aquarium.