Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
August 10-31, 2020
Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funk's Grove
4532 1. 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61754
Instructor: Bob Carter
Registration Cost: $270 (Certification is an additional $150)
Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funk's Grove, 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. This course will meet on August 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in Funks Grove near McLean, Illinois, among over 1,000 acres of high-quality natural areas. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois. It contains four dedicated nature preserves and has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior.
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)
Bob Carter is a professional educator with 35 years of experience as a Heritage Interpreter and as an Outdoor and Environmental Educator. He was on the faculty in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations at Northern Illinois University for 22 years where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in education, interpretation, and museum studies.
For more information about the course, please contact Bob Carter at email@example.com or call (815) 238-7930.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations and transfers must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by July 27, 2020. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations and transfers cannot be made by phone.
No transfers or refunds will be given after July 27, 2020.