Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

CIG South Platte Park, CO March 2023

March 7-10, 2023
South Platte Park
3000 W. Carson Dr. Littleton, CO 80120
Instructors: Cindy Robinson and Skot Latona
Registration Cost: $230 (The certificate is an additional $150)

South Platte Park, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.

South Platte Park is an 880-acre riparian (riverside) park near Denver. This workshop is taught both indoors and at our outdoor classroom with beautiful views and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Course Options

There are two options for this course.
Option one: take the course without obtaining the CIG certificate.  
Option two: take the course and add the certificate as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for the certificate. The CIG lasts four years and comes with a complimentary one year membership. If you are already a member of NAI we will add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.

The CIG Program

The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • The history, definition, and principles of interpretation.
  • Techniques on how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic.
  • How to use tangible objects to connect your audience to intangible ideas and universal concepts.
  • The 2 requirements needed to obtain a CIG (program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation).

Member Discount

Those choosing to apply for certification will receive a complimentary one year membership to NAI. Memberships will become active within a couple of weeks of registration and will allow you to purchase course books and other registrations at the discounted member rate. Once memberships become active, you will receive a receipt via email letting you know that you are all set up. Current NAI members will receive a one year extension on their current membership. If you are registering for $0, your membership will become active when you are certified.

Further Information

Getting There: South Platte Park is located at 3000 Carson Drive in Littleton, CO. Participants will need their own transportation or can use public transportation by RTD bus or light rail. The Park is just a block north and west of the Mineral Avenue LightRail Station.
Lodging Option: You can receive a discount rate of $89/night at the luxury Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, about 10 miles from the Nature Center. The hotel has a restaurant, and is about a half-mile for other food options. To take advantage of this rate, call 303-790-0202 to register and say that you are part of the Certified Interpretive Guide course through South Suburban’s Carson Nature Center.  The hotel is about a 30-minute drive or 45-minute bus ride to South Platte Park.

8:30 – 4:30 daily. Primarily indoors, with some outdoor classroom and activities in an open space river park. Discounted lodging available at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel, owned by our agency, 10 miles from class location. For more information about the course, please contact Cynthia Robinson at crobinson@ssprd.org or call (303) 730-1022.


Cindy Robinson is a Certified Interpretive Trainer. During her 19 years as a park interpreter, she has developed successful tools and techniques for working with all age groups that she can’t wait to share with you.

Skot Latona is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and Certified Heritage Interpreter, and managed the Interpretation Program at South Platte Park for 12 years, before becoming the Park Manager overseeing all operations including education programs. Prior to that he worked as an interpreter for Colorado State Parks. He received the National Interpretive Manager award from NAI in 2014.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Participants are allowed to transfer one time at no charge. Cancellation and transfer requests cannot be made by phone and must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by February 19, 2023. Cancellations processed before the cancellation deadline will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee (if fees paid are less than $50, no refund will be processed). Cancellations made after this date will not receive a refund. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to certification@interpnet.com.

3/7/2023 - 3/10/2023
South Platte Park 3000 W. Carson Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 UNITED STATES
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