In June 2012, NCPTT’s Historic Landscape Program hosted landscape professionals engaged in the development of online training resources. Through a cooperative agreement with Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU), nine National Park Service historical landscape architects and horticulturalists worked with NSU education and media specialists to outline, script, and record video segments for two multi-media trainings: Managing for Historic Character and Introduction to Preservation Maintenance.
Filming took place at Oakland Plantation, part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park (Natchitoches, La.) and at Melrose Plantation, located within Natchez National Historical Park (Natchez, Miss.) Staff at both locations graciously gave of their time and talet, both on screen and off.
The two trainings are being developed as part of the NPS Cultural Resource Academy, which will serve as a learning and development website and clearinghouse for NPS employees and partners. The Academy will include career development opportunities benefiting six NPS Park Programs: archeology, cultural landscapes, ethnography, historic structures, museum objects, and park history.