Reading, learning and enacting: interpretation at visitor sites in the wet tropics rainforest of Australia

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Prideaux, Bruce (2010) Reading, learning and enacting: interpretation at visitor sites in the wet tropics rainforest of Australia. Environmental Education Research, 16 2: 173-188. doi:10.1080/13504620903486412


Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Prideaux, Bruce
Title Reading, learning and enacting: interpretation at visitor sites in the wet tropics rainforest of Australia
Journal name Environmental Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Publication date 2010-04
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504620903486412
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 173
End page 188
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The northern Wet Tropics rainforest of Australia was declared a world heritage site in 1988 and now supports an extensive tourism industry that attracts an estimated 2.5 million local and international visits annually. As part of the visitor experience, many sites include both environmental and cultural interpretation experiences, which range from static displays to one-on-one guided tours. This paper identifies visitor demand and level of satisfaction with the static signage and displays used at rainforest sites throughout the Wet Tropics. The research involves visitor surveys conducted in 2007 and 2008 and observations at a number of rainforest sites. The results indicate that visitors consider the level of interpretation to be adequate, but appear to use it poorly. While higher at commercial sites, visitor interest in reading the interpretation is very low at public sites. Overall, this article seeks to address whether the aims of nature-based interpretation, including education and the influencing of attitudes and site behaviour, are being achieved.
Keyword Nature
Observation
Surveys
Sustainability
Tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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