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               National Association for Interpretation


Interpreters connect visitors to important natural, cultural, and historical resources at parks, nature centers, historical sites, aquariums, zoos, and anywhere that people come to learn about places. The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a professional organization dedicated to supporting interpreters with resources for continuing education, professional development, and industry-recognized certifications. With a national network of cultural, natural, and historical interpreters, NAI offers a comprehensive range of membership benefits designed to enhance career growth and foster meaningful connections. Members enjoy exclusive access to events, career opportunities, publications, scholarships, and more. The NAI National Conference, held annually in the United States, typically attracts around 800 participants, while the NAI International Conference is hosted at various international locations every other spring, offering unique global networking opportunities.



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  • 5,869 Members
  • 870 Certified Professionals
  • 13,756 Certificate Holders


Get access to a global network of cultural, natural, and historical interpreters at great value. Choose from various membership options best suited for you!

Exclusive Access to the NAI Member Area

Explore the Interpreter's Network, NAI's Career Center, and the Mentor Match Program.

Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Find your regional NAI community, receive discounts on certifications and trainings, and get access to scholarships and grants.

Online Publications and Interpretation Content

Automatically subscribed to NAI's magazine, Legacy and discounts on InterpPress book titles.

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Events & Announcements

"Becoming a member of NAI is the best thing I have ever done for my professional career. Collaborating with other interpreters, sharing ideas and passion for our profession and how we can continue to see it grow and maintain its relevance - this is what NAI provides. Fostering and building and growing from the global community of Interpreters around the world helps remind me that my profession and my job expands way beyond the borders of my park."

—Erin Gates

Upcoming Conferences

St. Augustine, Florida
December 2-6, 2024

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May 15-22, 2025

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 2025

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Latest Episode

Nadina Galle, Ecological Engineer, National Geographic Explorer & Author of "The Nature of Our Cities." Nadina shares her insights on urban ecology, discussing how environmental data and natural behaviors can bridge the gap between technology and nature, emphasizing the role interpretation can play in this process.


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