Training & Professional Development

Heidi Doss - Yellowstone NP - Photo by Bob Fuhrmann 2001Make your natural and cultural history tours purposeful, enjoyable, and relevant! There are several Certified interpretive Guide (CIG) Training classes coming up in Region 7.

  • February 28 – March 3, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT
  • March 7-10, 2017: Littleton, CO
  • May 22-25, 2017: Kalispell, MT

These training classes are great for staff or volunteers who are developing and/or presenting interpretive programs. Learn to:

  • Emotionally connect your visitors to the resources and experiences.
  • Use recent research in social behavior and learning.
  • Tailor your program for diverse audiences.
  • Improve your communication skills.
  • Work one-on-one with mentors and other professional guides.
  • Set yourself above your competition.
  • Local discounted lodging available.

Registration is online on NAI’s website. Sign up today!

Are you already a Certified Interpretive Guide? Do you train your students or staff to do interpretive programs? NAI is teaching a CIG Train-the-Trainers workshop March 6-10 in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT. Those who complete the course will have finished half of the requirements toward becoming a Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer (CIGT). Individuals who complete the CIGT certification are able to teach CIG courses through NAI. More information can be found here.


The NAI National Conference is going to be right on Region 7’s doorstop this year! The annual conference will be in Spokane, Washington, November 14-18, 2017. Save the dates on your calendar and keep an eye out for more information and registration.

Can’t make it to the National Conference? Consider a regional conference! The Heartland Region will be holding their regional workshop in Deadwood, South Dakota, April 5-9, 2017.

If you’re planning on offering a training event in Region 7, advertise it here.  This is a free service available to all members and their host organizations. Please note this does not suggest official endorsement on the part of NAI/Region 7. Send all information to us here.

Additional training opportunities can be found through NAI’s main site on the Calendar of Training Workshops page.