This week was long and a bit stressful. The Bureau of Land Management staff organized the Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) training here in Yaquina Head, and I was able to partake in the seminar. Today we had to present a 10-minute talk on a certain theme to an audience, and my talk was directed to a group of Oregon State University students about the Common Murres. It was nerve-racking to present on this topic, due in part to the organizational structure of the talk. Following a rubric on speeches is not my thing. Thankfully, I did quite well on my presentation and passed with flying colors! I have officially obtained my CIG certification through the National Association of Interpretation. Whoop, whoop! I feel much more confident about speaking to the public and sharing my passion of the outdoors to all those around me.

Additionally, the individuals taking part in this training were from all walks of life, but they all shared one thing in common: we had a software engineer, a graphic designer, and a preschool teacher all pursing a job in the outdoors. But why? Because they learned later in life that pursuing their passion was more important than anything else. 🙂


Mandy Nativi · June 24, 2016 at 8:44 am

What a coincidence! I have been looking into getting the certification from NAI recently and saw that it was going to Yaquina head!! Its quite pricey and the next training near me is in September but it is so awesome that you got certified through your internship!

Meredith Matherly · July 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm

You honestly gave one of the BEST presentations of the whole group. Incorporated so many different techniques and I was so proud of you 🙂 Gonna miss you girl!

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