Sunday, January 16, 2011
Interpreting the highway
Ted and I are both involved in the field of Interpretation, an informational and inspirational process designed to enhance understanding, appreciation, and protection of our cultural and natural legacy. We both teach interpretive training courses at universities and we are both Certified Interpretive Trainers through the National Association for Interpretation. We hope to encourage and inspire those who want to work in nature centers, state and national parks, wildlife refuges, historical sites, and museums. People interpret poetry, art, and the world around them through their own eyes and experiences. As interpreters we hope to heighten that process by helping people combine that emotional connection with an intellectual one. Now we've taken interpretation to the road!
Interpretation gives highway travelers the ability to perceive and understand the beauty along the roadsides. Through interpretation people can understand and appreciate the beauty in grasses or grainfields, in marshes or meadows. Interpretation may reveal the beauty of courageous or sacrificial acts that took place along the route or the beauty in the utility of a piece of farm machinery. Moreover, interpretation instills in people the desire to experience even more beauty in their travels, and indeed in their lives.