119 - Boo! Ghosts as a Tool for Public Engagement

Tuesday, September 26
1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Location: Room 219

Days: Tuesday, 26 September
Track: Recreation & Sports Programming
Session Type: Education Session

Ghost tourism is a scary big business. Across the United States, parks and recreation agencies are turning to ghost hunting programs, haunted tours, and other spooky events to engage new and diverse visitors. Regardless of whether or not spirits exists, there is no denying that paranormal programming can make parks more approachable and more lucrative. Find out how cultural resource organizations are using ghost stories to promote local assets in a unique and refreshing way!

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to evaluate the benefits and limitations of ghost programming in local parks and determine methods for implementation in their community.
Participants will be able to debunk myths and taboo stereotypes regarding ghost tourism in local parks and articulate these attitudes to skeptical community stakeholders.
Participants will be able to articulate tools for self-discovery and self-guided experiences inherent in ghost tourism and implement these findings in park programming.