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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop

February 2, 2015 - February 5, 2015


Local Point of View is partnering with the National Association for Interpretation to offer a professional certification course for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have public contact at any resource, facility or business such as visitor centers, nature centers, parks, museums, zoos, tour companies or heritage sites.

“Fantastic, holistic workshop for interpretation great opportunities to work together and learn from each other.” -CIG Participant, August 2014

Why become a CIG?
The CIG is an internationally recognized professional certification. Many potential employers and volunteer recruiters actively seek certified interpreters.

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)
  • CIG course textbook & binder

Old Town State Historic Park Interpreters

California State Parks District Office, Old Town San Diego

Additional Materials
Two sets of the certification library will be provided in class for the open book literature review. If you wish to purchase your own set, the NAI Store a member discounted price.

Certification library includes:

  • Interpreting Our Heritage, 3rd Edition by Freeman Tilden
  • Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources by Knudsen, Cable & Beck;
  • Gifts of Interpretation by Beck & Cable


Workshop Trainer

Crystal is a NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer with a master’s degree in education and an undergraduate degree in earth systems science. Crystal has spent the last 18 years pursuing her passion of helping young people reconnect with nature. Her background is in informal science education working with organizations such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, the NAT, Cuyamaca Outdoor School, and the Wyland Foundation.  Crystal now owns and operates small business in San Diego, where she offers interpretive training, nature-based educational consulting, and local naturalist guide services.


Workshop runs 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Thursday.


February 2, 2015
February 5, 2015
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Crystal de Soto


California State Parks District Office
4477 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
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