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BLM Forester Cindy Allen at the CIG Training Workshop.
BLM Forester Cindy Allen at the CIG Training Workshop.

NHTIC Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training workshop 

By Lesley Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, High Plains District 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) hosted a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) Training workshop the first week of March.

“We were thrilled to host the CIG Training workshop at our facility and I am especially proud of the hard work and large amount of effort attendees expended this week,” said NHTIC Director Mike Abel.

Professionals attended from across the state including participants from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Casper Field Office, the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, and Plains Conservation Center in Colorado.

This workshop was developed to train individuals in developing quality interpretive services to all audiences. The course is specifically designed for guides, docents, seasonal employees or volunteers who deliver programs to the public. The CIG certification is internationally recognized, and provides a competitive edge in the tourism and interpretation industries.

The course included:

  • History, definition and principles of interpretation
  • Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized and thematic
  • Incorporating tangible things and intangible ideas into your programs
  • Presentation and communication skills

“It was an intense four days, and the students worked really hard,” noted instructor Emily H. Buckles from the
Buffalo Bill Historical Center. “This was a fun group of students.”

Last updated: 05-26-2010