We are an International Network of Professional Heritage Interpreters
supporting the promotion of the value of cultural and natural heritage.
Promote the value of natural and cultural heritage through interpretive experiences.
WHO ARE THE INTERPRETERS?
Interpreters connect visitors to the vast and important natural, cultural, and historical resources at parks, nature centres, historical sites, museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and more places link to natural and cultural heritage.
More than only offer a lecture, interpreters count on a complete understanding of the subject matter, they also contribute to the conservation of the resources and understand visitors interests.
We plan interpretive programs based mainly on the visitor's interests, focus on offering meaningful, relevant, inclusive, accessible and enjoyable experiences.
Every interpretive experience is planned with a purpose, which is primarily to promote heritage appreciation, benefit sites, support conservation programs, local communities, the interpreters and especially avoid negative impacts on natural and cultural resources.
Interpretive programs are full experiences that include talks, demonstrations, performances, exhibits, media, guided tours, visits, classes/lectures, workshops, publications, outreach...
What do we do?
A small part of the timeline of modern interpretation
1954 - 1988
AN ORGANISATION FOR INTERPRETATION WAS FORMED
The association for Interpretive Naturalists (AIN) was formed. Three years after Interpreting our Heritage by Freeman Tilden was published. In 1988 AIN and The western Interpreters Association (WIA, created in 1969) merge to become the NAtional Association for Interpretation in US (NAI).
1998 - 2021
SINCE NAI'S CERTIFICATION BEGAN IN 1998
NAI has facilitated the certification of over 30,000 interpreters across the globe. In addition, other organisations for Interpretation have worked in their certification programs increasing the number of professionals in the field.
From the NAI's Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workbook