COSA CIG Course at Butterfly Pavilion- Dec 11-14, 2018

Professional Development opportunity. Please pass this along to your networks.

Butterfly Pavilion will be offering a Certified Interpretive Guide course in December of this year. The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers programs to the public. It combines the theoretical foundations of the interpretation profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to varied audiences. If you work (or would like to work) at tour and cruise companies, parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquariums etc. helping visitors connect with our natural or cultural heritage this 32 – hour course is for you! The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) offers a professional certification program to recognize individuals who exhibit knowledge and skills necessary to assure quality interpretive services to all audiences. The goal of the CIG program is to provide consistent, high quality training for staff and volunteers on the basics of presenting interpretive programs. Certification is a way to document that you possess skills and knowledge that allow you to perform effectively in the interpretive profession.

This 32-hour workshop offers background and skills including:

• History, definition and principles of interpretation.

• Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized and thematic.

• Programming emotional and intellectual ideas into your presentations to connect audiences to the resource.

• Tailoring your programs for diverse audiences and various learning styles.

• Presentation and communication skills.

• Interactive group activities, demonstrations and individual sessions with instructor.

• All materials, course workbook and the supplemental text.

COURSE LOCATION: Butterfly Pavilion

6252 W. 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020

DATES: Dec 11-14, 2018 / 9-5 Daily


Dec 11-14, 2018

QUESTIONS: Parker McMullen Bushman



• CIG Courses w/Certification Fee – $380 (includes instructor fee, cert fee, 1 year NAI membership, and workbook)

• CIG Courses w/out Certification Fee – $230 (includes instructor fee and workbook)


All participants must attend all four days of training. Successful students will complete 32 hours of training, pass a written exam with a minimum score of 80%, and demonstrate use of skills acquired in the training course.

  • Attend entire workshop.
  • Provide your own lunch.
  • Take a 50-question open book literary review.
  • Produce a one-page presentation outline.
  • Deliver a ten-minute thematic interpretive talk on the last day of the workshop.


Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. each day. Lunch (1/2 hour) and breaks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch and eat in community with their classmates. Weather permitting, come prepared to head outside.


Class size is limited to 15 to ensure individual attention. There are no prerequisites for this training workshop other than a desire to learn new skills for connecting people to your natural and cultural resources.


Each course participant is required to take a 50-question open book literary review. If you wish to purchase your own books, NAI offers a discounted package price CIG certification library package (the package price is less expensive for current NAI members). Visit or call NAI at 888-900-8283, order the “CIG Core Review Library Package” and have the books shipped to you now. Reading the material in advance is recommended, as it is a lot of material to cover and this will free up your evenings and allow you to focus more on class activities. I will provide 2 full sets of books which you may utilize during the course so it is not essential to purchase your own copies of the texts.


  • Interpreting Our Heritage, by Freeman Tilden (4th Edition, U. of North Carolina Press, 2007)
  • The Gifts of Interpretation, by Larry Beck and Ted Cable (Sagamore Publishing, 2011)
  • Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources, by Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman (National Association for Interpretation, 2015)
  • Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose, by Sam H. Ham (Fulcrum, 2013)

Parker McMullen Bushman

Vice President of Programs, Interpretation and Exhibits, Butterfly Pavilion

Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Address: 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020

Office: 720.974.1863 Cell: 773-426-2738
Email: pmcmullenbushman


The Butterfly Pavilion is a non-profit, invertebrate zoo

with the mission of fostering an appreciation of butterflies

and other invertebrates while educating the public about

the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the

tropics and around the world.

‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’ Sir David Attenborough

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