Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
February 24-28, 2020
Cleveland Metroparks, North Chagrin Nature Center
3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Instructors: Foster Brown, Terry Joyce, and Beth Joyave
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)
Cleveland Metroparks, 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)
Foster Brown is a Naturalist 2/Volunteer Coordinator with Cleveland Metroparks and has been in the field of Interpretation for 34 years. His program techniques and skills landed him a NAI - Regional and National Master Frontline Interpreter Award in 2005. His energy and passion for the field of Interpretation is contagious. He will certainly infuse music and theatrics into the week of training along with theoretical foundations in interpretation with practical skills in delivering quality programming.
Terry Joyce, CIG, CIT, CIHT, started her career as a 1st person historic interpreter, spent 18 years interpreting zoo animals and now is Manager of CanalWay Center in Cleveland Metroparks. In 2012, Terry received the Outstanding Interpreter Award from the Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquaria Community of NAI and has been a Certified Interpretive Trainer since 2009 and is currently pursuing her Certified Interpretive Planner Certification. Her involvement with NAI has grown over the years as Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquaria Community of NAI and now as Secretary on the National Board of Directors.
Beth, a graduate of Hocking College, has been an environmental educator for the past 15 years. She has worked as a naturalist and interpretive ranger at Delaware and Maryland beaches. She also facilitated a diamondback terrapin headstart program on Poplar Island, a restored habitat made of dredged material from the Chesapeake Bay. A Buckeye at heart, she returned to Ohio and now enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wonderful parks Ohio has to offer.
For more information about the course, please contact Foster Brown at email@example.com or call (440) 473-3370.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by February 9, 2020. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations cannot be made by phone.
No refunds will be given after February 9, 2020.