Columbia Valley Interpreter Course

Columbia River and Wetlands

Becoming an Interpretive Guide

The Columbia Valley Interpreter Course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate our unique local geology, geography, wildlife and cultural heritage facts.

How did Mount Swansea get its name? Where do the turtles go when the lake is frozen? Why is this the warmer side of the Rockies?
If you live, work or recreate in the Columbia Valley and would like to learn the answer to these questions and more, then join us!
This course is aimed at individuals wanting to deepen their personal knowledge and at professionals who interact with guests and visitors.
Learn about local:
  • Geography
  • Columbia River
  • Rocky Mountain Trench
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Local First Nation history
  • David Thompson
  • Today‚Äôs settlements, economy and commerce
  • Local Climate, basic meteorology and forecasts for the area
  • Local wildlife, foliage and invasive species
  • Basics of interpretation and guiding
  • Psychology of guests
  • Decision making
This three day course is a mixture of classroom and outdoor learning on and around Lake Windermere.
More information about the course and pricing is at