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CIG Windsor Inn March 2020

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

March 20-23, 2020
Windsor Inn
153 Pembroke Road, Windsor, VT 05089
Instructor: Scott Davison
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)

Windsor Inn, 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 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)


A block of rooms is available at the historic Windsor Inn, 153 Pembroke Road, Windsor, Vermont 05089 for $89/night including breakfast The Windsor Inn is an elegant Colonial-Revival Mansion dating from 1902, surrounded by 14 wooded acres, near Mount Ascutney & Connecticut River Valley. Wi-fi is available. Call early to reserve a room: (802) 674-4112.


The room rate includes breakfast. The rate is $82 if you opt out of breakfast. Each day mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks will be provided.  All other meals are on your own. There are numerous restaurants near the training site.


The closest airport is Lebanon Municipal Airport, 5 Airpark Rd, West Lebanon, NH 03784, which is about 20 minutes from the Windsor Inn. Once registrations have been received, participants can also contact each other to arrange carpools, room sharing, etc. Visit https://lebanonnh.gov/150/Airport for information about transportation and other area lodging options.

Area Attractions

The training site is 10 minutes from St. Gaudens NHS, and 30 minutes from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Woodstock, VT. Other attractions include Simon Pearce glass factory, Harpoon Brewery, and the American Precision Museum. Off-site tours may be arranged at one or more of these venues as part of the CIG training.


Scott Davison, MS Environmental Studies, CIT
Scott grew up in Wisconsin between two grandparent’s homes, a dairy farm on the Flambeau river, and a log house on Washington Island off the tip of Door County in Lake Michigan. These were the formative years that led Scott to eventually leave business life and renew his love and understanding of nature.  He has over 20 years experience in environmental education and interpretation for the National Park Service where he was lead ranger and training specialist, and National and Vermont Audubon Societies, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He is a designated Aldo Leopold Land Ethic Leader and has participated in facilitated dialogue training with the Coalition of Sites of Conscience. A professional interpreter, educator, and trainer Scott is interested in understanding how humans live with nature, the emerging patterns, and how to use nature experiential education to create meaningful rites of passage for all ages. He develops programs in environmental education and heritage interpretation to foster character development, a sense of place, self worth, curiosity, and consideration for each other. Scott has received several awards for program development and training in business, the NPS and higher education.

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Scott Davison at cwpiper@myfairpoint.net or call (802) 457-2810.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Cancellations and transfers must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by March 8, 2020. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to registration@interpnet.com. Cancellations and transfers cannot be made by phone.

No transfers or refunds will be given after March 8, 2020.

3/20/2020 - 3/23/2020
Windsor Inn 153 Pembroke Road Windsor, VT 05089 UNITED STATES
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