This group is open to UMSL students and partners who are interested in park and museum programs, and the field of heritage interpretation. Participation is required for those enrolled in EDUC 2222 and encouraged for others.
Interpreters work at America’s great places: museums, science centers, parks, botanical gardens, zoos, wildlife refuges, planetariums, aquariums, environmental learning centers, and visitor centers. They tell stories that make us swell with pride or hang our heads in shame. They make places—even obscure places, long-ago forgotten places, come alive. The breathe life into the people, places, events, ideas, species, ecological systems, and geologic strata of then and now. They hold in their hands the stuff of our national identity—an identity not fixed, but mutable. They help us see how identity can be reformed, reshaped, and re-engaged in ways that foster purpose and esteem. Interpreters immerse us in the resource, engage us as volunteers, and inspire us as life-long learners. Interpreters rock.