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Brenda Lackey


A native of Illinois, Brenda worked as a park ranger for eight years on the upper Mississippi River. Prior to coming to UWSP in 2005, Brenda worked as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks. Her research interests include environmental interpretation and communication, program evaluation, and visitor studies. Brenda teaches interpretation courses at the university and serves as a board member for the National Association for Interpretation. She co-authored The Interpreters Guidebook and is an associate editor for the Journal of Interpretation Research.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Interpretation (NAI), 1989 to present
  • NAI College/University Academic Section Committee Member, 2002 to present
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Interpretation Research, 2007-present
Brenda Lackey
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Natural Resources

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Ph.D. Natural Resources
University of Idaho

M.S. Forestry
Stephen F. Austin State University

B.S. Forestry
Southern Illinois University