Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation
Swedish Center For Nature Interpretation – Sweden
Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation (SCNI) was established in 2007 by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with the aim of serving as a meeting place, a centre for development and a competence resource for all nature interpreters in Sweden.
Support to SEPA
SCNI supports the SEPA - contributing with tools for interpretive planning, quality assessment and evaluation in ”naturum” (Swedish visitor centres’ brand), in the interpretation of Sweden’s National Parks as well as in protected areas and environmental protection in general. The new governmental policy on outdoor recreation is another focus.
SCNI overviews and stimulates the development of knowledge and research within the field of interpretation. A three year cooperation program with guest professor Sam Ham and the Unit of Environmental Communication aim to develop research on interpretation in the Swedish context.
Tools and networks
The development of interpretation as a profession in Sweden is crucial. A network of 1500 interpreters receives thematic newsletters and information on seminars, conferences and publications. SCNI annually offers an academic distance course (3 credits) for active nature interpreters.
SCNI - Swedish Center For Nature Interpretation
Ms. Eva Sandberg