Interpretation Skills Workshop

Join us for this day-long workshop for youth (14-18 years old) to develop your communication and interpretation skills, and to discover what it’s like to work as an interpreter.


January 16, 2023


West Coast NEST


Silva Johansson


Carl Sieber


316 Main St, Tofino,
BC V0R 2Z0


This one-day workshop will introduce local youth (14-18 years old) to the field of interpretation, which is all about sharing information in ways that inspires and connects people to the subject. Interpreters often connect visitors with natural, cultural, and historical information and places.

Led by experienced interpreters Carl Sieber and Silva Johannson, the day will include an introduction to interpretation principles, planning, and presentation techniques through a variety of fun activities.

Fueled by a delicious and nutritious breakfast and lunch, youth will have the opportunity to develop basic interpretation skills inspired by their own interests, passion, and skills, and also learn about interpretation career development and job opportunities.

This workshop will strengthen communications skills, which is a valuable skill to have in all walks of life! Employers are often seeking candidates with strong communications skills.

AGENDA: January 16th, 2023 (Pro-D Day)

9 - 10 am -  Sign-in and breakfast

10 - 12 pm - Workshop Part 1: An introduction to Interpretation, explore how Interpretation is a mix of content, passion, and skills

12 – 1 pm - Lunch

1 – 3 pm - Workshop Part 2: Interpretation examples & activities, learn about what jobs use Interpretation skills


The workshop will take place in the Rainforest Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort (1441 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please be sure to let us know your allergies and dietary restrictions when you register. There may be an outside activity so please dress for the weather (bring a sweater, rain jacket, and boots if it’s cold & rainy!).


Carl Sieber gets paid to talk to people about nature. That’s not what was supposed to happen. When he was a teenager, he’d rather read a book than talk to people. He never imagined how many people he’d end up talking to every day for his job. He’s always loved nature, but it took growing up to realize sharing that excitement ends up being an awesome career.

In an aquarium, a rainforest, a theatre, or on the beach, if you're with him and you're not having fun, he's doing something wrong. He works as a Parks Canada interpreter. Ask him about using humour, emotion, story, and experience to provoke understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.

Silva Johansson is a heritage interpreter and interpretive trainer. Her life-long love of the B.C. coast comes from growing up aboard the tall ship North Star of Herschel Island. She loves exploring the west coast - the beings, the places, and the stories.

She works as an Outreach Education Officer with the Parks Canada Vancouver Outreach Team. She’s also an interpretive guide for the Wild Pacific Trail Society and Long Beach Nature Tours and is an occasional volunteer interpreter at the Ucluelet Aquarium.

Ask her about what skills she finds surprisingly useful as an interpreter, and how to continue your learning journey if you’re interested in making interpretation a career.


If you would like to learn more about interpretation and see if Interpretation is something you might be interested in, check out this survey:

Questions? Please reach out to Nicole at or 250-726-6508 (text/call).


Open to youth ages 14 – 18 living in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

Course fee:

This workshop is free and open to youth living in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (includes workshop, breakfast, and lunch.)

How to register:

Registration is required. You can register through Eventbrite at the link below, by email to, or by phone 250-726-6508.