the national website of Interpretation Canada

Links to Online Resources


Tilden’s Principles of Interpretation 

Freeman Tilden’s classic book Interpreting our Heritage is still an inspiration as well as a practical toolbox. Find out more at:

Some interpreters read the book every spring, cover to cover:

Tilden, F. (1957) Interpreting our Heritage. University of North Carolina Press, North Carolina ISBN 0807840165

Links to Resources Around the World

Scroll down to find on-line handbooks, standards, articles, organizations and more!

Heritage Interpreter National Occupational Standards

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Register, find your way to on-line learning, order, and check back later under My Orders to download a pdf version (they also offer an online course and certification).

Journal of Interpretation Research

Abstracts available for recent issues and full articles available for issues more than two years old.

A Sense of Place; An interpretive planning handbook

2001, Scottish Interpretation Network, ed. James Carter. [PDF, 3.7Mb]

Museum Education Monitor

Current research, journal articles and much more, plus interesting articles.

Articles of Interest

Downloadable articles by Dr. Sam HamJohn Veverka or from the Association of Heritage Interpretation (UK).

Other Canadian Organizations - Interpretive Guides Association (Canadian Mountain Parks)
http:// - L'Association Québécoise d'Interprétation du Patrimoine - Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Canadian Heritage Information Network - Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association

Canadian Museum Associations: NationalBritish ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntario,QuebecNew BrunswickPrince Edward IslandNova ScotiaNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNunavut.

Other National Organizations

Newer ones near top: - Interpretation Network New Zealand - Interpret Europe - Interpret China - National Association of Interpretation (US) - Association for Heritage Interpretation (UK) - Interpretation Australia - The Scottish Interpretation Network - American Association of Museums - Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - North American Association for Environmental Education - Museum Learning Collaborative - Northwest Interpretive Association - Association of Nature Center Administrators - Association of National Park Rangers - Environmental Education Department of the US EPA - The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

Learning About Learning

Current approaches in education are always changing. Former national chair Lisa McIntosh has provided some of her favorite references here.

Informal Education

Constructivism for Museums

Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC) 

A good searchable resource

Judging Excellence in Exhibitions