West Virginia University's Extension Service partnered with the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources Program to improve guide performance in West Virginia's tourism industry. The result of this partnership is a West Virginia Interpretive Guide Training program aimed at providing low-cost, widely available training to guides throughout the state. The course is divided into two components—a set of online modules and an in-person skill assessment workshop. We expect the benefits of completing the West Virginia Interpretive Guide Training to be similar to the benefits gained by completing national certification courses.
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Balcarzyk, K., McKenney, K., Smaldone, D., & Arborgast, D. (2013). West Virginia Interpretive Guide Training: A Collaborative Effort. The Journal of Extension, 51(6), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.06.14