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Registration is now open for a statewide guide training workshop to be held in Mason City at Music Man Square from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on June 13.

The new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, specifically created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, nature and conservation areas, agritourism, and historic sites. The one-day workshop features interactive methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on guiding adult visitors.

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The workshop fee is $10 per person, which includes the course workbook, workshop activities, lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is required and due by June 5. To register, contact Central Iowa Tourism Region at 800-285-5842 or ann@iowatourism.com.

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. 

Cost of the workshops has been underwritten by the Central Iowa Tourism Region, the Iowa Tourism Office/IEDA, ISU Excellence in Extension, Visit Mason City and the Iowa Group Travel Association.

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