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Certified Interpretive Guide Training

Schedule and location

This section of Certified Interpretive Guide Training has been CANCELED.

Please check the NAI Certification Course Calendar for other training opportunities.

Four days: Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration Building


Fees and Registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

$220 registration - required
$10 workbook fee - required
$150 certification and annual membership to NAI - optional, but required to receive certification


Course description

The Certified Interpretive Guide program from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. Participants have two options:

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, your complimentary membership will be added onto the end of your current membership.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • history, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic
  • using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
  • presentation and communication skills
  • certification requirements (50-question literature review; program outline; 10-minute presentation)
  • all materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook

Course number



Cindy Crosby, CIT

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books, including "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and the forthcoming "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" (with Thomas Dean, 2019) . She is a prairie steward supervisor, a dragonfly monitor, a certified interpretive trainer with NAI, and a naturalist.

Course details

Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Snacks provided but please bring a lunch each day. Limit 15

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