What activities have ZooTeens done in previous years? Zoo Guides?
What existing activities do we have? Could they use improvement?
Create your idea
If what you want to do has never been done before make sure your activity is:
Principles of Interpretive Design
A project that involves you and members of the community with a conservation and/or zoo bond message supported by the Oregon Zoo's mission
Interpretation Communication Process
Why do you want to interpret something? Who should be involved in the interpretive process? What are you interpreting? Who you are interpreting for? What messages do you want to communicate? What are your specific objectives? What media will you use?How will your interpretation be implemented? How will it be evaluated?How will it be maintained?
Simply put, good interpretation creates the bridge which connects the subject of interpretation to the visitors’s own life.
We want to make sure that we keep this in mind as we create interpretive activities. Games are fun, but without a theme or message, they do not help the visitor walk away with a lasting impression.
Interpretation helps to create visitor experiences.
What is Interpretation?
“Interpretation is a mission-based communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meaning inherent to the resource.”
-From the National Association for Interpretation
Ask yourself these questions to help you in forming the activity:
Okay, so you know what you want to do for an activity...