Certified Interpretive Guide
The National Association for Interpretation is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. NAI was founded in 1988 by the merging of two interpretive organizations. These were the Association of Interpretive Naturalists and the Western Interpreters Association. The new organization is associated with Colorado State University’s Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism.
The goals of NAI are:
· Provide a professional association for those who are involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural resources.
· Encourage networking, training, and collaboration among members of the association.
· Develop professional standards with training programs designed to facilitate the acquisition of technique and delivery skills for the presentation of interpretive programs.
· Recognize individuals who have completed required training as Certified Interpretive Guides.
Training of Certified Interpretive Guides at the Edwin b. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is accomplished by a partnership with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The course is open to anyone, career or volunteer, who desires to achieve this certification. It builds on each person’s knowledge base. The ultimate outcome is quality interpretive presentations.