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Do you give public presentations or tours of the place where you work, or a place you love (or want to)?

Creating meaningful programs that leave a lasting impact on participants is a vital role in understanding and protecting our resources/understanding our history. Helping to connect visitors to the natural and historical world is quite a task. The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) offers a certification course that helps to break down the elements of relevant presentations, provides tools to engage the audience in a meaningful experience, and fosters techniques to connect the visitors to the place/resource. This Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training encourages the skills to inspire the next wave of interpreters.

Interpreters connect visitors to important natural, cultural, and historical resources at parks, nature centers, historical sites, aquariums, zoos, and anywhere that people come to learn about your place and what is special about it. NAI defines interpretation as “a mission-based communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meanings inherent in the resource.”

If you help visitors learn about a place that’s important to you, you’re an interpreter!

The CIG course required to receive this certification is 4 days of meeting new people, working together in learning the steps to planning and implementing an interpretive program for any audience, and practicing these skills.

The course will be held at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine. March 18-21, 2019. The link to the course description here:

The total cost for the course is $380 including the certification. If you would like to take the class to gain the skills without getting certification the cost is $230.

The certification is good for 4 years, and provides you with access to resources, networking with others in the field, conferences, webinars, etc. to continue with your interpretive career.

To learn more about NAI:

Any questions at all please contact Jessica Woodend at

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