Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop
November 6-9, 2012
South Platte Park
Littleton, Colorado

South Suburban Parks and Recreation in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have public contact at any resource, facility or business such as visitor centers, nature centers, parks, museums, zoos, tour companies or heritage sites.

South Platte Park is an 880-acre riparian (riverside) park near Denver. This workshop is primarily indoors, but will make use of the trails and open space as much as possible, including sessions along the river as weather allows. The instructors for this class, Skot Latona and Phil Waltz have taught together for many years, including CIG courses previously at South Platte Park, leading tours around the western US, and leading an interpretation training for Park Managers of Belize National Parks. They will bring their experience and passion to make this course enjoyable and successful for YOU!

In addition to practical exercises on the trails and in the nature center, enjoy a bright classroom, opportunities for walks along the river during breaks (start of winter layover at a nationally recognized Important Bird Area, for you birders!), use of a regional bike/blade trail, nearby restaurants ranging from fast food to four star, and a teaching team determined to keep things fun and on track! This intensive course is packed into 4 days, so consider planning an extra day or two in the area as free time in evenings will be very limited by homework preparations!

The CIG Program
The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who wants to deliver interpretive programs to the public. It combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality programming to audiences.

This 32-hour workshop includes:

  • History, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic.
  • Programming emotional and intellectual ideas into your presentations to connect audiences to the resource.
  • Tailoring your programs for diverse audiences and various learning styles.
  • Presentation and communication skills.
  • Interactive group activities, demonstrations, and individual coaching with instructors.
  • All materials, course workbook, certification details, and NAI membership. and supplemental text, Personal Interpretation.

Requirements for the CIG Course
Anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate. Membership in NAI is not required, but NAI members pay a discounted fee. You may also elect to take the training without becoming certified. Please note this is a rewarding and intensive week with significant work beyond class times!

To Register:
Click here to register.

For questions or further information contact:
Skot Latona, skotl@sspr.org, or Phil Waltz, philipw@sspr.org, or 303-730-1022.