Ted T. Cable - Author

Dr. Ted T. Cable is Professor Emeritus of Park Management and Conservation at Kansas State University. 

He has authored 15 books, several book chapters, four scenic byway video scripts, and more than 250 articles, reports, and presentations dealing with nature, travel, and heritage interpretation. Three of his books are highway travel guides and five of his books deal specifically with heritage interpretation. Some of Dr. Cable’s interpretation books and essays have been published in other languages to train tour guides internationally. 

Dr. Cable has regularly served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Tourism at Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Dr. Cable also has conducted tour guide training in Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, Mali, and at locations throughout the U.S. He recently co-developed a training module and workshop for the International Association of Tour Directors and Guides. 

Dr. Cable has received teaching awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kansas Wildlife Federation as well as many teaching, student advising, and mentoring awards from Kansas State University.

In 2005, he received both the William C. Everhart Award as part of Clemson University’s George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards Program as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Missouri Interpreters.

In 1996, he received the National Association for Interpretation’s Master of Interpretation Award and in 2000 he received their highest honor by being named a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation. In 2020, the prestigious American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators honored Dr. Cable by including him in their “Legends in Parks and Recreation” Program.

Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage for a Better World


The Gifts of Interpretation, 3rd ed.