Certified Interpretive Guide with NAI
Instructor: Corrie Williamson
May 3 at 8 a.m. – May 7 at 4 p.m.
The nationally-recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program with National Association for Interpretation (NAI) 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.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp
Itinerary: This course includes:
- The history, definition, and principles of interpretation.
- Techniques on how to make programs within Glacier National Park 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).
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be in the classroom covering content. Thursday will include an interpretive hike with a Glacier Institute Outdoor Education Specialist. This hike will use interpretation within Glacier National Park as a foundational example on which to build educational programming elsewhere in Montana. On Friday, we will be back in the classroom for final presentations.
Food: The following meals are provided: Monday lunch through Friday lunch.
Accommodations: Four nights of lodging are included with the course fee. Our student cabins are basic, hostel-style cabins with 5 single beds, bedside lights, and electrical outlets. Students should be prepared to share a cabin with up to 4 other people, cabins are separated by gender. Couples may be paired up in the event there is ample space. We provide a bottom sheet for your bed as well as a pillow and pillow case, but please bring a warm sleeping bag. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp for night trips to the bathroom.
Equipment: Please bring a notebook, clothing appropriate for NW Montana weather, comfortable footwear (for the classroom AND the hike), a water bottle, rain gear, and a daypack.
Physical Requirements: This course will be based at our Field Campus classroom, an indoor facility. For the classroom days, there will be very little physical activity required. On Thursday (5/6/2021), we will take a hike to practice our interpretation skills. The hike will require moderate activity, less than 6 miles total and less than 1,000ft. elevation gain.
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.