Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage: For a Better World [ebook]

Click here to view a sample of the book
Dimensions:7 x 10
Format: This is the EBOOK format of this title Ebook
Author(s): Larry Beck
Ted T. Cable
Douglas M. Knudson

Ebook web price:

$US 41.00
List price: $US 82.00

Sorry, but we can't accept returns on electronic titles.

Format(s) also available:


$US 86.00

Request Desk Copy

Email to a Friend



From the Foreword by Eric Blehm 

“May the authors’ words inspire readers on their own journeys to better understand the nuances of this fascinating profession and to conduct their work as a labor of love; not a job, but rather a calling and a joy.

This solid interpretation of our natural and cultural heritage is essential to move us in ways that compel us to change the world.”   

Eric Blehm is the bestselling author of Fearless, The Only Thing Worth Dying For, and Legend.

Hundreds of millions of people seek out opportunities for enjoyment, learning, and inspiration through visits to our national parks, historic sites, museums, zoos, aquariums, and other tourism destinations.

And yet very few are aware of the behind-the-scenes efforts of interpretation to provide deeper understanding and enriched experience of these places.

Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage is written for those who work at various interpretive sites and wish to know more about all of the fascinating nuances of this field.

It exposes readers to the art and science of interpretation and how its proper use can indeed change the world.

Larry Beck, Ph.D., Ted. T. Cable, Ph.D., and Douglas M. Knudson, Ph.D. have more than 125 years of combined experience in the broad field of interpretation.

Table of Contents: 

Section I: Introduction

Section II: Why Interpret?

Section III: What Guides Us?

Section IV: How To Interpret

Section V: Managing Interpretation

Section VI: Growth of the Profession      


About the Author(s)

Larry Beck

Larry Beck is a professor of recreation and tourism management at San Diego State University.

He has a B.S. in natural resource planning and interpretation from Humboldt State University, an M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University, and Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Beck is the author/coauthor of four books and more than 100 articles on natural resource management, cultural and environmental interpretation, and higher education.

He has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for Interpretation. He is a faculty fellow of People, Information, and Communication Technologies and a University Scholar of Universal Design for Learning.

Ted T. Cable

Dr. Ted T. Cable is an award-winning professor and assistant department head of Park Management and conservation at Kansas State University.

He has authored 11 books, several book chapters and scenic byway video scripts, and more than 200 articles, reports, and presentations dealing with heritage interpretation, human - nature interactions, avian ecology, and ecotourism.

Dr. Cable has worked extensively in West Africa, Europe and Latin America. He has received teaching awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kansas Wildlife Federation as well as several teaching, student advising, and faculty mentoring awards from Kansas State University.

In 2005, he received the William C. Everhart Award as part of Clemson University’s George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards Program as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Missouri Interpreters. In 1996, he received the National Association for Interpretation’s Master of Interpretation award and in 2000 he was named a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation.