Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands provides online courses and onsite programs designed for those in the parks, recreation and tourism professions.


The e-Courses listed below offer continuing education through the convenience and flexibility of the Internet.

  • Universal Design: An introduction to the concept of Universal Design, the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people.
  • Working as a Park Board Member: The importance of park and recreation boards, how the board originates and functions, and how it is structured and governed.
  • Being Effective Working as a Park Board Member: What one needs to know to be an active participant in a board, and how to work cooperatively on behalf of the community.
  • Understanding American Wilderness: The evolution of the wilderness idea beginning with the early history and philosophy of the wilderness concept.
  • Foundations of Interpretation: This introductory course provides a basic understanding of the theory and practice of interpretation concepts.
  • Informal Visitor Contacts: Informal visitor contacts are key to providing enjoyable visitor experiences. They provide the most personalized service in a park.
  • Interpretive Talk: The Interpretive Talk is purposefully designed and delivered to provide visitors the chance to connect to what the site means to them.
  • Training and Coaching Interpreters: Interpretive trainers and coaches support interpreters in connecting people to parks. Trainers and coaches amplify their impact and enhance visitor experiences.

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

501 N. Morton St. Suite #101 Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 855-3095
Fax: (812) 856-5600