Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop

Nov 29-30 and Dec 6-7, Two Thurs and Fridays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost: $250-$360 sliding scale, register by November 14th at (360) 379-9501
Instructor: Heather Harding
Location: Port Townsend, location to be announced

Jefferson Land Trust, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites.

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

 This 32-hour course includes:

 • history, definition, and principles of interpretation

• making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic

• using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs

• presentation and communication skills

• certification requirements (open book exam; program outline; 10-min. presentation)

• all materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook

 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 may pay a discounted fee to participate in the program. You can also elect to take the training without becoming certified.

 Interpretation Library
If you wish to purchase your own books, NAI offers them at a discounted price. Visit www.interpnet.com/store/ or call NAI at 888-900-8283, order the “CIG Certification Library” and have the books shipped to you now. Reading the materials in advance is highly recommended as it is a lot of material to cover and this will free up your evenings and allow you to focus more on class activities.

 The texts used are:

Environmental Interpretation by Sam Ham;

Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden;

Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources by Knudsen, Cable & Beck; Interpretation for the 21st Century by Beck & Cable;

Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell;

Interpreting for Park Visitors by Bill Lewis.

 Registration and further Information:
For registration and information, please contact Jefferson Land Trust at (360) 379-9501. For questions about course content and purpose, please contact the instructor, Heather Harding, at (360) 821-1655, heatherh@olympus.net.


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