News from the institute
In October 2015, Scott Pattison, Monae Verbeke, and the Institute team launched the NSF-funded Interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Parks (ISWOOP) project, in partnership with TERC and Winston-Salem State University. Building on a prior pathways project, the team is developing a suite of professional development experiences and resources to connect national park interpreters and scientists and engage visitors in the current scientific research within the parks. As part of the project, the Institute is leading two research studies to understand how park interpreters spark visitor interests in these topics and how these interests extend over time, months after the initial park experiences. For more information about the project, check out the informalscience.org website (http://www.informalscience.org/collaborative-research-interpreters-and-scientists-working-our-parks-iswoop) and look for us at the CAISE PI meeting in February.