John Veverka & Associates
Interpretive Master Planning, Interpreter Training and Interpretive Design that:
Provokes, Relates, Reveals and makes your stories and experiences
come to life in the imagination and memories of your visitors.
For the Cutting Edge in Heritage Interpretation
5010 Delray Dr. Lansing, Michigan 48910
(517) 803-6605 (we've gone mobile) email@example.com
Serving Parks, Museums, Historic Sites, Zoos & Botanical Gardens, Heritage Tourism Sites and Facilities, Commercial Tourism Attractions, and related interpretive sites and facilities.
A Veteran Owned Company
Welcome to our web site.
JVA is a firm that specializes in Interpretive Master Planning and Interpretive Training courses and workshops. We are one of the few firms offering interpretive consultant services that is staffed by "professionally trained" interpreters. We bring a strong academic interpretive background mixed with lots of field experience with 30 years of "doing" interpretive master planning and staff interpretive training as well as teaching university courses in interpretation.
We are a strong advocate of evaluation (pre and post testing) of draft interpretive media and exhibit design and content. We are an "outcome and objective based" consulting firm that plans for results from the interpretive programs, services and media we plan and design - for every $1.00 you spend on interpretation you should expect a minimum of $2.00 in benefits or outcomes or more. Our product is YOUR success.
Check out our links on the left for more on what we do and projects/services or click on the Credentials link below.
NEWS - John will be receiving the 2014 NAI Region 4 Distinguished Professional Interpreter award at the April 2014 NAI Regional Conference.
NEWS - John just competed the final of eight units for the National Park Service/Indiana University - Eppley Institute for Parks and Pubic Lands "Instructor Training Program". Certificates for all eight of these individual units (for a total of 1.6 CEU's) that were a part of this course can be viewed here.
The first question you should always ask a perspective consultant in interpretive planning or training, is "how did you learn how to do interpretive planning in the first place"? What qualifies you to be a consultant anyway and what makes you an expert in interpretation? This is the first page you should look for when visiting any interpretive consultants web site - their qualifications. Click on the "qualifications" link on the left for more details on qualifications in interpretation.
That's a question I get asked from time to time - and it's a fair question.
I'm a National Association for Interpretation:
Certified Interpretive Planner
Certified Interpretive Trainer.
and a Certified Professional Heritage Interpreter - Canada. This is a National Certification authorized by the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council.
Certified Heritage Interpreter
All of the above certifications are based on both written exams, reviewing a video of JV conducting an interpretation training course, and personal interview (Canada). The NAI Certifications also require a review of interpretive products (examples of completed interpretive plans or training lesson plans).
But every consultant looks good on the web and with a resume. I feel our projects speak for themselves which is why I post links to our clients - you can ask them how we did. And if you're sending your project out for a bid, always ask the bidder to send you a sample of their product - like a recent interpretive plan. I bet you'll be surprised at the differences in what some consider an "interpretive plan". If you would like to see an outline of what goes into one of our interpretive plans (content outline) Click Here.
Click on the tabs on the left to see what's new, and check out our current projects and clients. We do keep busy!
And when you search for - or interview - an Interpretive Consultant for a project, don't forget to ask the question of "what qualifies you to be one"? It's one of the most important questions you may ask, for the success of your project really may depend on that answer.
Well, enjoy your visit and e-mail me if you have any questions at all: firstname.lastname@example.org And if you want to see some of our products to review and compare against others, just ask. Our products speak for themselves.
Check out my News, Notes and New Courses page for "what's new" (click here).
Cheers - JV