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Natural and Historical Interpretation

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Natural and Historical Interpretation 

Natural and Historical InterpretationKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Since its inception, the Natural and Historical Interpretation program at Hocking College has become renowned for training experienced, confident and talented educators.

As a student in the Natural and Historical Interpretation program, you will be trained to educate others about the environment and human connections to it.

Classes use the backdrop of Southeastern Ohio to extract stories of interest in the natural world and the history of nearby areas. Emphasis is placed on practical experience, leading programs with groups of all kinds, exhibit design and development of interpretive sites. You will also receive unique training in researching and developing living history subjects and techniques.

Hocking Woods Nature Center provides Interpretation students the opportunity to work with captive wildlife, including raptors and reptiles.  We even have a planetarium for learning and teaching about astronomy and night interpretation. Robbins Crossing is a collection of authentic log homes that allows students to practice "living history" presentations in period clothing, designed to engage visitors in the skills and lifestyles of the past including blacksmithing, wood stove cooking and woodworking.


"Interpreters are teachers whose classrooms exist outside the four walls of a building."

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Natural and Historical Interpretation:

  • Interprets accurate information in an interactive, entertaining, and educational fashion to the satisfaction of a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrates guiding abilities in group programming situations, both educational and recreational.
  • Demonstrates ability to match Ohio Academic Content Standards to specific environmental education activities.
  • Demonstrates ability to research and gather information from both primary and secondary sources to develop interpretive programs and displays.
  • Initiates professional contacts in the interpretation field. 


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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Science in Natural and Historical Interpretation

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 29.0
Lab Hours: 60.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 29.0
Lab Hours: 60.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-1109 Dendrology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  FOR-1109L Dendrology Lab 0.00 4.00 2.00 $140.00
  INTP-1100 Introduction to Interpretation 0.00 4.00 2.00 $525.00
  INTP-2254 Nature Drawing I 0.00 2.00 1.00 $60.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  WLM-1156 Wildlife Ecology and Identification 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-1156L Wildlife Ecology and Identification Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $120.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 5.50 15.00 13.00 $1,157.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  INTP-1118 Environmental Education Techniques 1.00 4.00 3.00 $145.00
  INTP-1121 Interpretive Guide Techniques 1.00 4.00 3.00 $250.00
  BIOS-1163 Wild Edible Plants and Mycology 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
  BIOS-2271 Ornithology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $10.00
  BIOS-2271L Ornithology Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  BIOS-1132 Field Biology 0.50 0.00 0.50 $10.00
  BIOS-1132L Field Biology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $85.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 7.50 15.00 15.00 $825.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  INTP-2215 Historical Interpretation 1.00 3.00 2.00 $100.00
  INTP-2109 Night Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $90.00
  INTP-1114 Interpretive Employment Seminar 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  NRM-2217 Aquatic Ecology 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  NRM-2217L Aquatic Ecology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $80.00
  INTP-2230 Interpretive Facilites & Displays 2.00 2.00 3.00 $100.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 8.50 10.00 16.00 $460.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  INTP-2240 Interpretive Center Operations: Capstone 1.00 2.00 2.00 $190.00
  ENGL-2126 English Composition Ii: Nature Readings 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  GEO-1125 Map Reading and Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $95.00
  NRM-1113 Watercraft Operation and Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $175.00
  GEOL-1130 Environmental Geology 1.50 3.00 3.00 $100.00
  GEO-1104 Introduction to GPS and GIS 1.00 4.00 3.00 $300.00
  *** BIOS-1120/1120L or BIOS-1170/1170L 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 6.50 13.00 16.00 $900.00
Course Hours: 5.50 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $1,157.00

Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $825.00

Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

Course Hours: 8.50 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $460.00

Course Hours: 6.50 Lab Hours: 13.00 Cost: $900.00

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Natural and Historical InterpretationA Career in Natural and Historical
Interpretation Promises a Entertaining Future

Graduates of the Natural and Historical Interpretation program are prepared to perform as practitioners within private and public educational settings, including national, state, and metropolitan parks, residential camps, museums, zoos, and educational institutions.

Graduates of this program have found positions such as: Park Naturalist, Outdoor/Environmental Education Specialist, Museum Educator, Zoo Educator, Living History Interpreter, Tour Guide, Camp Program Specialist, Interpretive Ranger and Adventure Guide.

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