April 17-20, 2023
A Naturalist's World
9 Jardine Rd. Gardiner, MT 59030
Instructor: Brad Bulin
Registration Cost: $345 (The certificate is an additional $165)
Join us for a unique Certified Interpretive Guide training experience in Gardiner, MT, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Through engaging classroom and field sessions, we will explore the foundations of interpretation – and beyond!
This course is offered in partnership with Yellowstone Wildlife Profiles, A Naturalist’s World and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) 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. It will take advantage of our location, with field sessions in northern Yellowstone to complement our classroom discussions; and is designed to engage individuals who are new to the field of interpretation as well as more experienced interpreters looking to add formal training or additional tools to their interpretive skillset.
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).
Additional Course Topics
In addition to the core CIG program outlined above, this course will also explore principles and techniques to interpret controversial or difficult topics (using Yellowstone issues as our example). Other additional topics may be included as time and students’ interests allow.
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.
Shared lodging is available on-site at A Naturalist’s World for $35 per person per night. Please email YellowstoneWildlifeProfiles@gmail.com for further information or to reserve your lodging.
For more information about the course, please contact Brad Bulin at YellowstoneWildlifeProfiles@gmail.com or call (406) 223-6269.
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 April 2, 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 email@example.com.