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1-3 miles/day


4,000 feet

Registration Fee

$235 / $400 includes certificate

Program Overview: Yosemite Conservancy, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.

*Contact [email protected] to inquire.

There are two options for this course.

Option one: Take the course without obtaining the CIG Certificate (Cost is $235).

Option two: Take the course and add the certificate as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for the certificate (Cost is $165). The CIG lasts four years and comes with a complimentary one-year membership to the National Association of Interpretation. If you are already a member of NAI we will add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.

The CIG Program The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies for delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

This 32-hour course includes:

The history, definition, and principles of interpretation. Techniques on how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic. How to use tangible objects to connect your audience to intangible ideas and universal concepts. The 2 requirements needed to obtain a CIG (program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation).

Know Before You Go:

  • Program dates: Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 from 9am – 5pm each day.
  • Program location: Yosemite Valley
  • What’s included: Four full days of guided instruction by two Yosemite Naturalists, park entry (as needed), one free day to enjoy the park on your own (Friday, April 26), and shared tent camping (camping dates cannot be altered). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Camping dates: Participants can arrive on April 21 after 12pm and must depart April 27 by 11am. There are two shared campsites among all the participants. We guarantee tent camping only. If you choose to bring a recreational vehicle, we cannot guarantee you will have a parking spot. Please be prepared to tent camp. A picnic table, bear locker and fire pit are provided at each site. Campsites fit 6 people per site.
  • Campground Location: Upper Pines in Yosemite Valley
  • Lodging: Upgrade to Yosemite Lodge for an additional fee. Lodging dates match camping dates. Lodging blocks expire 30 days prior to the program. Details on using our Group Code to book lodging will be emailed to you immediately after you register.
  • Experience level: All levels welcome.

*This four-day program includes six nights to camp. Make the most your trip by enjoying an extra free day, April 26th, to explore on your own.

What’s not included:

  • Gear or meals during your program.
  • Camping gear or meals in the shared campsites.
  • Transportation.

View a suggested packing list.