Breaking News: Local Naturalist Receives International Training
Mr. Brion Young, a staff naturalist guide at The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Cayo, has recently returned to Belize after completing advanced training in the United States. The two-week course on “Interpretation and Visitor Services” was conducted by the United States Department of Interior’s National Park Service and was facilitated at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The course’s theme centered on improvement of professional skills and techniques that are required to provide high quality visitor services and interpretative communications.
Mesa Verde National Park is internationally known for the well-preserved cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people of North America. Archaeological records indicate that their civilization flourished during approximately the same time period as the ancient Maya of Belize. Mr. Young reported that he was, “extremely impressed with the professionalism of the park rangers,” and that he, “learned a great deal about interpretive communications and working with large tour groups.”
Mr. Young is the eighth member of Chaa Creek’s naturalist guide staff that has completed this advanced course. Mike Green, manager of the Chaa Creek Natural History Centre stated that, “We have developed a very beneficial working relationship with the U.S. National Park Service and for the past eight years they have generously afforded us the opportunity to send one of our naturalists through their training course.” He further stated that, “In order for Belize to compete within the world tourism market, it is imperative that the tourism services that are available in Belize meet and even exceed international standards.”