So, you’re an interpreter, what does that mean?

Upon telling someone I am an interpreter, there is usually one of two responses. First, “How many languages can you speak?” And second, “Do you do some sort of dance thing?” Well, for me, I only speak English, and dancing, although a love of mine probably won’t be featured in any programs. To try and answer the question, “What does it mean to be an interpreter” I’ll guide you through how a Discover the Power of Parks program is created.


Discovering a place

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As Discover the Power of Parks interpreters we strive to create programs that will inspire our participants to develop a deeper, more meaningful connection with the natural world around them. This all starts with taking the time to develop our own connections to the parks we live and work in. This ends up being one of the most enjoyable aspects of our jobs, to simply walk around and gain a respect and love for where we are at. Without these emotions, our programs would lack the power to inspire and captivate others.



Seeking out the facts

An average day at the desk of an interpreter
An average day at the desk of an interpreter

Interpretation is all about conveying feelings of curiosity, wonder, and awe and on the other side of things, there has to be some information. As one of the great leaders in interpretation, Freeman Tilden puts it, “Information, as such, is not interpretation. However, all interpretation includes information.” This is where a delicate line is ever being balanced upon. At this point in planning, it is time for us to transition from exploring the outdoors to a time of researching. Research helps us to reveal the true depth and whole story of what we are interpreting.

The end result

Through our programs we hope to create an unforgettable experience and share our passion, love, and excitement for the natural world. I encourage you to find a park, find a program, and come out to say hi to one of the interpreters. Check out the program listings at and experience the power your parks have to offer.




Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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