The Conducted Activity is a prepared, formal program that involves the planned physical movement of an audience from one place to another. This movement can take a variety of forms: walks, hikes, house tours, canoe trips, bus tours, cave tours, or other types of guided programs. Through directed experiences that intentionally integrate interpretive narration with resource immersion, conducted activities deeply engross and engage the visitors with tangible resources and their meanings.
Interpretive techniques for providing directed experiences may include demonstrations, games, role-playing, questions, sensory involvement, group interaction, use of spontaneous moments, or other techniques. When effectively presented, directed experiences provide opportunities for the audience to form their own intellectual and emotional connections to resource meanings.
Intentionally planned directed experiences progress from location to location to develop an idea relevant to the audience and the resource. The cohesive development of a relevant idea happens through the careful sequencing of directed experiences, the incorporation of the physical resources, and the use of transitions to link the experiences together at each stop. Through immersion in the resource and a cohesive sequence of interpretive opportunities, the conducted activity offers a physical and conceptual journey that can lead to greater awareness and appreciation of the resource.
Conducted activities provide flexibility for the audience to interact spontaneously with the resource, the interpreter and with each other. Appropriate presentation logistics and advanced communication skills allow the interpreter to facilitate an effective and safe immersion experience for the visitor in the particular resource and type of activity.