Friday, January 31, 2014

Eppley Institute offers grants for interpretation research

The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University works to enhance the quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences for all people. For the first time in 2014 Eppley will offer research grants in the field of interpretation up to $3,000 for students and faculty members interested in advancing knowledge in the area of interpretation. 

Executive Director Steve Wolter said, “The Eppley Institute wanted to fund these grants in support of our partnership with the National Park Service and to advance knowledge in interpretation. We feel this is a good opportunity contribute further to the field.”

Committee member and co-chair Doug Knapp further reinforced the importance of the grants stating  that, “the field of interpretation is an important aspect of natural and cultural centers throughout the country. This educational/programmatic aspect of federal, state and local resource sites attempts to inform literally millions of visitors to the natural and cultural resource associated with these parks, preserves and monuments. This grant program is a way to support researchers to help find most effective ways to conduct this important service.”

Interested in applying?

Any student enrolled in a Master’s degree program with an interpretation component at any university or new faculty member (in first two years of teaching) is eligible to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and it is anticipated that two grants will be awarded this year.

The application is available on the
Eppley Institute website, and materials are due February 7, 2014. Questions should be directed to program manager Nona Capps at or 812-855-0864. All applicants will be notified of the committee decision by March 7, 2014.

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