Interpretive Guide Course Registration

CIG Norwalk Aquarium CT February 2024

Course Dates: February 12-15, 2024
Norwalk Aquarium
10 N Water St
Norwalk, CT 06854
Instructors: Kristin Robinson and Ann-Marie Lisi

About this Course

The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to develop and lead interpretive programs. This course will introduce you to the history, definitions, and principles of interpretation. During the course, you will develop a program outline and deliver a 10-minute thematic presentation, all with the support of your instructor(s) and fellow participants. You will learn how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic, and leave ready to facilitate meaningful experiences that inspire engagement with the world around us.

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 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..

Registration Rate

$235; the certificate is an additional $165

Course Schedule

Class runs from 10-6 each day. There is ample parking near the aquarium and parking can be validated so please bring your parking slip to class each day. For lunch there are several places in walking distance and there is a cafeteria on site. There is also an onsite fridge and microwave for those who choose to bring lunch from home.

Instructor Information

Kristin has been designing programs and training interpreters for 25 years working with interpretive sites, tour operators, and guide organizations. Kristin currently serves as the NAI NorthEast’s Connecticut Representative, and the Training Advisor for the International Association of Tour Directors and Guides. Learn more about your instructor at

AnnMarie joined the Aquarium's education department in 2007. Through her tenure at the Aquarium, AnnMarie has been involved with leading programming and curriculum development for schools, scouts, and the public. AnnMarie has become specialized in the field of interpretation, authoring the Aquarium's first master interpretive plan. She is heavily involved in the development and evaluation of exhibits and floor interpretive programs led by Aquarium floor guides and Gallery Ambassador volunteers. AnnMarie has served as the NAI Northeast region director for six years and is a current NAI board member.

Contact Information

For more information about the course, please contact Kristin Robinson at or call (203) 628-4641.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. In the event that this course is canceled, NAI will contact you and you will receive a full refund.
Cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to Cancellations requested before February 5, 2024: will be subject to a $60 cancellation fee (unless the fees paid are less than $60); after this date no refunds will be issued.

2/12/2024 - 2/15/2024
Norwalk Aquarium 10 N Water St Norwalk, CT 06854 UNITED STATES
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Certificate Fee

Select this option to add an application for a CIG certificate. A one-year complimentary membership is included.
Certificate Fee

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If you need to pay with two cards, please register for the base registration and pay with the first card. Once you have completed the payment, come back to this registration page and add the certification fee. When you proceed to the payment page again, you will be asked to enter new payment information.

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