Guide Training Workshops Are Enrolling Now


February 14, 2020, 1:50 pm | Diane Van Wyngarden

AMES, Iowa -- Registration is now open for statewide Guide Training workshops at three Iowa locations.

participant in guide training and certification.This program was created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s cities and tourism attractions, including museums, nature areas, agritourism and historic sites, according to Diane Van Wyngarden, state tourism specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The one-day workshop features methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic, guided programs, with a focus on adult visitors.

The workshop fee is $10 per person, which includes the course workbook, workshop activities, lunch and refreshments. Each workshop is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required and due by each date below. To register, contact Central Iowa Tourism Region at 1-800-285-5842 or ann@iowatourism.com, or use the registration form.

  • Wednesday, March 25 – Honey Creek Resort near Moravia. Must register by March 13.
  • Thursday, April 2 – Pella Opera House. Must register by March 23.
  • Thursday, April 30 – Iowa Gold Star Military Museum in Johnston. Must register by April 17.

Individuals who complete the workshop have the optional opportunity to receive Professional Guide Certification from Iowa State University for an additional fee. Certification is completed at each individual’s place of work or other Iowa location. For more information about the Guide Training workshop or certification process, or to offer a Guide Training workshop in your community, contact Diane Van Wyngarden at dvw@iastate.edu. Additional program information and registration is available online.

Cost of the workshops has been underwritten by the Central Iowa Tourism Region, the Iowa Tourism Office/IEDA, and the following local partners: Honey Creek Resort, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group, Red Rock Area and Visit Pella.

[PHOTO] Colleen Frein, Mason City Chamber of Commerce, participated in Guide Training and Certification.

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