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Interpretive Centers

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Nature center; Science center; Visitor center

Interpretive centers are informal education venues in which a place of interest such as a state/provincial park, wildlife preserve, historic building, or archaeological site is designed to afford the general public an opportunity to better understand the natural or cultural heritage of the site. Interpretive centers are site-specific linking place-basededucational approaches with public informal learning settings. Often the interpretive center, sometimes referred to as a visitor center, utilizes a variety of approaches to public understanding including diverse media such as video displays, instructional kiosks, interactive computer simulations, or movie theaters. Often center employees such as park rangers, curators or natural resource managers conduct interpretive education programs for visitors. It is not uncommon for centers to include souvenir or gift shops. Nature centers often have a visitor or interpretive center dedicated...

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Brody, M. (2014). Interpretive Centers. In: Gunstone, R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_298-4

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