Here are resources that will be useful background for developing iSWOOP programs and partnerships. They are grouped by central ideas.

Getting Started, Pointers for Scientists

Recommended for scientists

Getting Started, Interpreters

Considering adding iSWOOP to what you do? Here are some ideas for how to begin.

iSWOOP Get Ready — email the team to find out if we’ll be in your area,

Interested in on-line professional development?
Download our flyer for info.

Skim the Participant Packet to learn what iSWOOP offers.

Would you like to receive a copy of the facilitator’s manual? Email

Developing an iSWOOP program

Ranger Melinda McFarland reflects on her process developing a program to highlight park-based research on landscape succession. With some trepidation, she takes on geology and the challenge to make her evening program interactive.


Searching for the Primeval Forest (Outline)

Searching for the Primeval Forest (Slides)

Looking for inspiration, sample questions, ideas for how to launch an iSWOOP program or prompt visitors to observe and interact? Check out the collection of outlines from interpreters at five parks. For each program, you can read a short bio of the interpreter, reference a handy table with line numbers pointing to important iSWOOP features, and imagine yourself leading or participating in an inspiring ranger program. Enjoy!

iSWOOP Program Examples

Other reports and publications are available here.

Finding Cool Science

Louise Allen, iSWOOP, Winston-Salem State University faculty and wildlife biologist, shares tips for finding cool science.

Presenter’s slides

The pdf version

The handout

The zoom session recording

Find more resources on the Common Learning Portal. Email to join the iSWOOP group.

Visual literacy

Science literacy

Visitor interaction

Indigenous PERSPECTIVES  for a Sustainable Environment

Indigenous people share their view of the environment. This series explores how Indigenous Science can help to manage our resources for a sustainable future. Through five sessions, we compare Indigenous and Western Science, examine language and cultural bias, and discuss food systems, land management techniques, gardening, and more! Co-sponsored by the Dunes Learning Center, Indiana Dunes National Park and iSWOOP

Science Content


A library of frog calls

Please credit Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodman

Not only can wood frogs survive freezing temperatures, but they benefit from cold weather. Check out this video on wood frogs(

Annotated _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_June2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm  (keynote)   &  _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_Julu2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm (pdf) of the visual library (June 2016 version).

This lesson plan includes information on wetlands: how they form, who lives there, things affecting them (like pollution). Ranger Shelby Hoyert says, “You could easily talk about wetlands and then bring in Dr. Bob’s research. This could be used in conjunction with the iPad visuals as well!”

Jug-o-Rum, an article discussing the purpose behind frog songs and vocalizations.  Written by Susan Shea as featured in The Outside Story, a weekly ecology essay series published by Northern Woodlands magazine.


Joshua Tree

Bringing Together Art and Science to Save Joshua Trees, essay by Juniper Harrower

Juniper’s slides on moths and fungal interactions:

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V2.0Visual LibraryJTNP_pt2


  • Jacquelyn’s recommendations for reading on paleoecology:
      • —After the Ice Age
      • —Forests in Time
      • —Twilight of the Mammoth
      • —How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth
      • —Ice Ages and Solving the Mystery
      • —Once and Future Giants
      • —Changing Nature of the Maine Woods


The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand dune Swallowed a Boy

Prothonotary Warblers

Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report for 2017 

Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report 2016

Why Care About Birds?

Fall Birding in Louisiana

Read more on the Birds of Louisiana’s Coast: A Landscape of Virtual Habitats

To learn more about nano-tags and bird identification, Katie recommends the following links:


The Salamanders that refuse to grow up

Sea Level Rise

  • Interactive Maps

Sea level rise analysis

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

Climate Odyssey Interactive Map