Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

Professional Development Trainings

Professional Development Trainings

Professional Development Trainings

Designed for interpreters, educators, museums, conservation organizations and others, whose work involves connecting people and place.

This training is a structured, creative, intenstive process that offers a toolbox of proven tools and techniques. It offers you an innovative, fresh approach to interpretation, education, storytelling, team-building and creativity.

Includes manual, toolkit, worksheets plus other supportive resources. For all levels of experience. Works for all site types, from wild to urban, as well as military and historic sites.

Participants will:

  • Generate fresh program content
  • Learn how to develop well-balanced, interactive programs
  • Increase program delivery skills
  • Receive supportive feedback
  • Recharge their passion for their work


Introductory program, half-day, full-day and multi-day formats available.
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Highly Recommended

"We brought Erica in to help us master the art of storytelling and to learn how to share the meaning of these places even more effectively. When we worked with Erica before, it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my career. I was thrilled by seeing the growth in rangers and the inspiration they gleaned.Chief of Interpretation, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

“I personally used  techniques from this training in my programs and found they were incredibly powerful every time, with all ages. I also observed my staff applying Erica's techniques as well. I feel that the level of programs this year was just outstanding. Even our more "science based" interpreters brought in more of the emotional, reflective techniques.  We’ll continue using what we learned. They were especially effective for creating the baseline of connection that leads to meaningful dialogue.” Supervisory Ranger, Cape Cod National Seashore.
Participant Feedback
"Re-energizing for even the most seasoned staff" Ft. Stanwix National Historic Site

"I would definitely recommend this component to all career NPS interpreters."  Training Participant, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC

"I see how I can apply this to tours that seem stale" Montana State Historical Society

"I've attended numerous session throughout my career, and I honestly feel that this was the best, most energetic, true feeling workshop about what we do and love"  Howard County Parks and Recreation, Columbia, MD

As a marine, I don’t always feel comfortable expressing philosophical or emotional feeling with strangers. However, these activities encouraged just that and the universally positive responses encouraged me further. I was able to connect with a deeper side of myself."  Yosemite National Park

I’m inspired to use the toolbox we’ve been given in my interpretive programs. I’m excited to use these new techniques.” Acadia National Park

"Erica creates a kind of alchemy in the room where even the most timid of us is inspired to find the writer within. She gave us new tools and reminded me of tools I once knew and had long forgotten. She inspired me to get back to an interpretive project I had put aside which I am now working on with renewed enthusiasm and focus."  National Association for Interpretation

Prior trainings include:

  • Acadia NP
  • Adams NHP
  • Arkansas State Parks and Tourism
  • Big Thicket NP
  • Cape Cod NS
  • Everglades NP
  • Fredrick Law Olmstead NHS
  • Ft. Stanwix NHS
  • Gateway NRA
  • Govenors Island NM
  • Georgia Environmental Educators Alliance
  • Grant Khors NHP
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Hopewell Furnace NHS
  • Howard County Parks and Recreation
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation
  • Independence NHP
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS
  • Maryland Land Trust Alliance
  • Marsh-Billings Rockerfeller NHS
  • Montana State Parks and Recreation
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC
  • National Association of Interpretation
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • Sagamore Hill NHS
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site/Saugus Iron Mill National Historic Site
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  • Yosemite National Park

updated: 3 months ago