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Fri, Aug 14


Ozark Natural Science Center

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

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.

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

Time & Location

Aug 14, 2020, 7:30 AM – Aug 17, 2020, 11:30 AM

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

About the Event

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).

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.

ONSC is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors and follows all state directives and recommendations for indoor and outdoor gatherings, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning protocols.

To support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and adhere to Arkansas state directives, we are limiting the attendance of our events to 50 or fewer guests.

All events are subject to the Arkansas Directive for Large Indoor Venues, the Arkansas Directive for Large Outdoor Venues, and some events are subject to the Arkansas Directive for Summer Day Camps  

Please do not attend an ONSC event if you:

  • Have had a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last 5 days
  • Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
  • Had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days

ONSC welcomes out-of-state visitors, children, and small groups. Please take extra precautions and consider your health risks if you:

  • Are an individual who is 65 years of age or older
  • Are an individual of any age with underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma, or weakened immunity

International or “hot spot” out-of-state visitors must abide by the AR Department of Health guidelines found here

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