CIG South Platte Park March 2021

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

March 2-5, 2021
South Platte Park
3000 W. Carson Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
Instructors: Cindy Robinson and Skot Latona
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, 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.

Course Options

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 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 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)


This course will meet Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.  


South Platte Park is an 880-acre riparian (riverside) park near Denver. This workshop is taught both indoors and at our outdoor classroom with beautiful views and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Getting There

South Platte Park is located at 3000 Carson Drive in Littleton, CO. Participants will need their own transportation or can use public transportation by RTD bus or light rail. The Park is just a block north and west of the Mineral Avenue LightRail Station.

Lodging Option

You can receive a discount rate of $89/night at the luxury Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, about 10 miles from the Nature Center. The hotel has a restaurant, and is about a half-mile for other food options. To take advantage of this rate, call 303-790-0202 to register and say that you are part of the Certified Interpretive Guide course through South Suburban’s Carson Nature Center.  The hotel is about a 30-minute drive or 45-minute bus ride to South Platte Park. 


Skot Latona is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and Certified Heritage Interpreter, and managed the Interpretation Program at South Platte Park for 12 years, before becoming the Park Manager overseeing all operations including education programs. Prior to that he worked as an interpreter for Colorado State Parks. He received the National Interpretive Manager award from NAI in 2014.

Cindy Robinson is a Certified Interpretive Trainer. During her 18 years as a park interpreter, she has developed successful tools and techniques for working with all age groups that she can’t wait to share with you.

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Cynthia Robinson at or call (720) 684-8310.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Cancellations and transfers must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by February 14, 2021. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to Cancellations and transfers cannot be made by phone.

No transfers or refunds will be given after February 14, 2021.

3/2/2021 - 3/5/2021
South Platte Park 3000 W. Carson Drive Littleton, CO 80120 UNITED STATES
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