Interpretation is essentially a communications process, and like all effective presentations, requires creative thought, structure and content. Interpretive Planning is a process by which the natural or cultural resource is presented either by an exhibit, display or personal program. Proper planning ensures the audience is engaged, enlightened and educated to gain the most from heritage values.

With a solid background of training through Parks Canada, Brent has applied the principles and practices of Interpretive Planning to parks and protected areas in developing countries. Two of his recent assignments are Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) Nature Preserve and Tibet and Galapagos, Ecuador.

Qomolangma Nature Preserve. Tibet (PRC)

During 2002, the "International Year of Mountains", Brent was assigned to new heights – Mount Everest, Tibet !

A volunteer assignment preparing a Preliminary Interpretive Plan for Oomolangma Nature Preserve led to participation in a Nature Guiding program in 2004 and an Ecotourism Plan for Nyalam County, Tibet.

As a result of his work, Brent returned to Tibet in 2005 for the planning and development of a Visitor Center in Nyalam Township which is the main entry / exit point to the Tibetan Plateau for travellers between Kathmandu and Lhasa.







Galapagos, Ecuador

One of the most visited places in Galapagos is a research facility on the edge of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

St. Elias Interpretive Planning and Consulting is involved with a proposal for the Charles Darwin Research Center in Galapagos.

“The main objective of the project is to develop new and updated facilities that include interpretive and educational features that appeal to international and national tourists, as well as involve, engage and educate the local residents of Galapagos.”

The proposal sets out a plan for a complete renovation and modernization of the visitor complex.

Read Proposal (394 kb.pdf)