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CIG Train-the-Trainer Course — Chicago, IL


Images courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

February 5–9, 2024
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street 
Chicago, IL 60614
Instructors: Andre Copeland and Karin Hostetter

About the Course

Are you interested in leading Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) courses for other interpreters? Interested trainers who have taken a CIG course and already have their Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) professional certification with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) are eligible to enroll in this course and become sanctioned to teach the CIG curriculum.

This course is designed to prepare you to teach NAI's CIG curriculum. Learning alongside other participants, you will practice evaluating and giving feedback on interpretive presentations and develop a 20-minute training segment that you will present during the course. You will build your skills as a trainer and leave ready to award CIG certificates to interpreters at your own site, or serve as a contractor to sites without a trainer on staff.

You must take a CIG Train-the-Trainer course in order to teach the CIG curriculum. If you enroll in this course, you must have previously taken a CIG course and be a Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) with NAI by the day the course starts. For more information about CIG or the CIT credential, please visit our website. 

Registration Rates

$650 NAI Member
$725 Non-member (includes a complimentary one-year NAI membership)


The closest major airports are:

  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • O'Hare International Airport (ORD)


There are many lodging options nearby including:

Site Information

The course will be held in the Learning Lab at the Hurvis Family Learning Center. More arrival logistics will be shared upon registering. Course participants will have access to a staff kitchen with a refrigerator, microwaves, toaster, and coffee maker. Food is also available for purchase at several locations inside or near the zoo, including:

  • Park Place Café (onsite at Lincoln Park Zoo)
  • R.J. Grunts (0.2 miles): 2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Cafecito (0.5 miles): 411 West Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Sultan’s Market (0.7 miles): 2521 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 


Make sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking around zoo grounds. Layers will be beneficial for both indoors and outdoors.


There are many ways to get to and from the zoo each day. Multiple CTA bus and train routes serve the zoo directly or are nearby and free parking will be available in our main zoo lot. More travel information will be shared upon registering.

Contact Information

For more information about the course, please contact NAI at

Special Terms and Cancellation

Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. Please register but do not book any non-refundable travel arrangements until at least one month before the course. NAI is not responsible for refunding travel and/or accommodation costs. In the event that this course is canceled, NAI will contact you and you will receive a full registration refund.

If you need to cancel your registration, cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to Cancellations requested before January 19, 2024 will be subject to a $100 cancelation fee; after this date no refunds will be issued.

2/5/2024 - 2/9/2024
Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 UNITED STATES
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