Serve your community and discover its hidden gems. In this service learning course, students will create materials for visitors of parks, museums, nature centers, historical sites, zoos, and aquariums. This rich and diverse kind of writing, known as interpretive writing, enables its practitioners to pursue their individual interests. Students will get to know the many attractions offered by our surrounding community as they learn to write engaging documents that connect visitors emotionally and intellectually to the goals of particular sites. Students will also study theories of interpretation from foundational and contemporary works including Freeman Tilden’s Interpreting Our Heritage (1957), Alan Leftridge’s Interpretive Writing (2006),and the extensive materials provided by the National Park Service and the National Association for Interpretation. In addition, Students will analyze interpretive writing projects in the field and create their own interpretive projects, which might include wayside signs, exhibit labels, brochures, self-guided tours, public service announcements, websites, and scripts for frontline interpreters.