Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
February 12-15, 2019
Get Outdoors Nevada
919 East Bonneville Ave., Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Instructor: Aaron Leifheit
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)
Get Outdoors Nevada, 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.
There are two options for this course.
Option one: take the course without obtaining certification.
Option two: take the course and add certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for certification and you must complete an open book Core Literature Review exam. 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 3 certification requirements needed to obtain a CIG (open book CORE Literature Review exam, program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation).
Texts Used in the Workshop
During this course, the books on interpretation listed below will be mentioned and some of their ideas explored. They are what the open book Core Literature Review exam covers and are useful texts for any interpreter to read. You are not required to purchase these texts for the course and a loaner set of these books will be provided by your instructor during the class for those who choose to add certification. If you would like to buy your own set for use during the class or for your own library, you can order them from NAI’s online store as individual books or as a package and listed under “Core Review Library Package”. Click here to go to the NAI Store.
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 days 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 setup. 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.
The texts are:
- Interpreting Our Heritage, by Freeman Tilden (4th Edition, U. of North Carolina Press, 2007)
- The Gifts of Interpretation, by Larry Beck and Ted Cable (Sagamore Publishing, 2011)
- Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources, by Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman (National Association for Interpretation, 2015)
- Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose, by Sam H. Ham (Fulcrum, 2013)
The Las Vegas valley, which sits at the center of some of America’s most beautiful natural areas, is literally surrounded by public lands. These include:
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the nation’s first Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is visited by 1.5 million people a year, and is one of the top rock climbing destinations in the world. Red Rock is also home to the Mojave Max, the ‘spokes-tortoise’ for the threatened endangered tortoise, and the Keystone Thrust, a nationally significant geological feature.
Lake Mead National Recreational Area, the worlds first Recreation Area, and the 5th most visited NPS unit. Lake Mead is the Southwest’s premier water recreation site, and is visited by 6.3 million people a year. More importantly, this site provides water and power to the Southwest’s major cities.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the largest Wildlife Refuge outside of Alaska, established to protect native Desert Bighorn Sheep; Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, an island of cool forest among the desert, the NRA rises to 13,000 feet, and protects Bristlecone Pine trees, the oldest living organisms in the world.
The Las Vegas Valley is a worldwide tourist hub, featuring an extensive variety of food and entertainment options. The Valley also hosts numerous parks and museums, including Clark County Wetlands Park, Henderson Bird Preserve, the Children’s Discovery Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Old Mormon Fort, the Neon Museum, Craig Ranch Regional Park and others.
There are a wide variety of lodging available in downtown Las Vegas and within walking distance of the GON offices. These include many hotels near the Freemont Street Experience such as El Cortez, The Grand, The D and the Golden Gate.
There are numerous restaurants, bars and convenience stores within walking distance of the GON office and Fremont Street. These include both casual and fine dining options. Snacks will be provided during the training.
GON offices are within walking distance from Downtown Las Vegas and the Freemont Street Experience.
Aaron Leifheit is a Certified Interpretive Trainer, Guide and Host. Having been an interpreter for the National Park Service and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association for 10 years, Aaron is now an Education Director for the Get Outdoors Nevada. He has conducted 7 CIG courses.
Get Outdoors Nevada is a nonprofit organization that connects residents and visitors to southern Nevada’s special outdoor places. Through environmental education, volunteerism and community outreach, GON envisions a community that enjoys, values, and protects these local natural resources. You can learn more about GON at www.getoutdoorsnevada.org. GON is located on 10th and Bonneville, just northwest of Charleston and Maryland. Our address is 919 East Bonneville Ave, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
For more information about the course, please contact Aaron Lynn Leifheit at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 253-1244.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by January 27, 2019. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to email@example.com. Cancellations cannot be made by phone.
No refunds will be given after January 27, 2019.