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Mon, Sep 04


Ozark Natural Science Center

Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training Course - Lodging and Meals

The nationally recognized CIG program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a volunteer, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will help you deliver quality interpretive programming to visitors of all ages.

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Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training Course - Lodging and Meals
Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training Course - Lodging and Meals

Time & Location

Sep 04, 2023, 4:00 PM – Sep 08, 2023, 3:00 PM

Ozark Natural Science Center, 1905 Madison 1305, Huntsville, AR 72740, USA

About the Event

Ozark Natural Science Center, 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.  

STEP 1: Register for the course here: NAI Website, course code GI090523

STEP 2: Register for overnight accommodations and meals, provided by ONSC (see ticket options below). 

Master Naturalists: use this code as you check out for your 25% discount: NWAMN-CIG


The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality, engaging, interpretive programming to visitors. This 32-hour course includes:

  1. History, definition, and principles of interpretation
  2. Incorporating tangibles and intangibles to make your programs meaningful and memorable
  3. Presentation and communication skills
  4. The ability to write measurable outcomes
  5. Understanding and using learning styles for maximize impact
  6. Tools for talking that engage your audience and maximize attention and memory
  7. A variety of individual and group activities
  8. Completion of all certification requirements
  9. All materials including your CIG workbook, pen and tablet, and light snacks, are provided

Option one: take the course without obtaining certification, $235.   

Option two: take the course and add certification and be recognized as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee of $165 for certification, and that includes one-year professional membership in NAI. The CIG lasts four years and can be easily renewed. If you are already a member of NAI, we will add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.


Monday 9/4

4 - 5:30PM: Check-in

5:30 - 6:30PM: Dinner

optional campfire at Lewis Pavilion

Tuesday 9/5

7:30AM: Breakfast

8AM: Registration

8:30AM: CIG course begins

12PM: Lunch

1PM: CIG course 

5:30PM: Dinner

Wednesday 9/6

7:30AM: Breakfast

8:30AM: CIG course 

12PM: Lunch

1PM: CIG course 

5:30PM: Dinner

Thursday 9/7

7:30AM: Breakfast

8:30AM: CIG course 

12PM: Lunch

1PM: CIG course 

5:30PM: Dinner

Friday 9/8 

7:30AM: Breakfast

8:30AM: CIG course

12PM: Lunch

1PM: CIG course


• This exceeded my expectations.

• Showed me there was so much more to the field of interpretation than I ever thought.

• I feel extremely fortunate that he was my instructor. His passion for interpretation is 2nd to none, and his teaching of the material was clear and entertaining.

• Knowledgeable, warm, engaging.

• I enjoyed learning a different way to present information to people.

• It was a very interesting workshop!

• Well worth my time – All of the participants worked hard to work and support one another – that starts at the top.

• It was very valuable. I learned more about my profession that I would have imagined.


Jay Miller, M.S., Certified Interpretive Trainer, Certified Interpretive Planner: Jay  worked with Arkansas State Parks for 37 years, first as a state park planner and state trails coordinator, and for 30 years as head of the Program Services Division. As head of Program Services, he was responsible for interpretation, publications, exhibits, training, and direction for interpretation, education, and exhibits within Arkansas’s 52 state parks, historic sites, and museums. The Arkansas State Park interpretation/education program received numerous national and regional awards for excellence in exhibits, publications, and interpretation including “Excellence in Interpretive Support” from the National Association for Interpretation. Jay was honored to be named the Distinguished Professional Interpreter from NAIs Region 6, NAI’s national Master Interpretive Manager, and to receive the NAI Region 6 Fellow/Life Achievement Award.

Jay taught Interpretation of Historic Sites in the public history program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and for 9 years taught courses in interpretation at Arkansas Tech University. He is a frequent trainer and speaker at regional and national conferences. He has been a consultant to the Madagascar National Park Service where he developed an interpretive training program for Malagasy park service staff. In Bolivia he developed the interpretation plan for the Flor de Oro Ecolodge complex in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. He was part of a five country interpretive team to South Korea, and for several years enjoyed traveling America’s rivers as naturalist on the historic Delta Queensteamboat.

Jay holds a Master of Science in Forest Recreation Management with an emphasis in interpretation from Utah State University and is a Certified Public Manager, a Certified Interpretive Planner, and a Certified Interpretive Trainer. He has served on the NAI Board of Directors and currently is NAI President.


  • Private Lodge Room, 4 nights

    Includes 1 room in one of ONSC's Lodges. Each room has an attached private bathroom with shower. Lodge rooms can sleep 4 - 6 people in twin bunkbeds. If you wish to share a room, please make sure to purchase separate meal tickets for each guest. There is a shared entryway and living room for all of the rooms. View photos of our lodges at

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  • Campsite for 4 nights

    Includes 4 nights at a camp site at ONSC's platform tent sites. Each site can sleep up to 3 tents. Outhouse available, but no running water (water and restrooms are available on ONSC's main campus).

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  • Glampsite for 4 nights

    Includes the glampsite ("glamour camping") for 4 nights at ONSC's campground - large canvas tent, queen bed with screen, personal outhouse, cooking station, solar lights, sunshower. This site sleeps up to 2 people. No running water, but water and restrooms are available on the main ONSC campus.

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  • Meals for 4 days of training

    Ticket is for all meals from dinner on Monday 9/4 through lunch on Friday 9/8. All meals, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Options available for all common dietary restrictions and preferences.

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