Interpretation is fun!



Spoiler Alert:  These are the answers to my recently launched "Public Lands Puzzles" series: Word puzzles naming our nation's vast and beautiful public lands. To get next month's installment, just drop me an email.

Uh-oh. Are you stumped?  Find the answers to Public Lands Puzzle here:

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, Georgia 


Known to early Indian tribes as “The Land of the Trembling Earth,” the Okefenokee is a vast cypress swamp (actually a type of peat bog) on the Georgia-Florida line. Think alligators -- lots of alligators.  My favorite adventure there:  Watching a family of sandhill cranes step delicately through the wetlands. The baby was still young and clumsy on long unsteady legs, like a foal.  He kept falling down in the muck. See samples of our work on the visitor center. 



Washington Monument Repairs 

 When's the last time you looked out over Washington, D.C., from the top of the Washington Monument? Try it again this spring, when this iconic landmark reopens, with earthquake repairs and new exhibits planned by a team including yours truly.  READ MORE

Nature's Navigators 

Every time I work on interpretive panels for another National Wildlife Refuge, I am astonished – again! – by the incredible journeys made by millions of birds every year. Read more... 

Traveling El Camino Real

Thanks to funding from the FHWA National Scenic Byways program, we have a great assignment this fall: creating interpretive signs for a section of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail in Santa Fe, NM.  Read More... 



Atlanta: City in a Forest

How does a fast-growing city keep its trees? Just ask Trees Atlanta – a non-profit dedicated to protecting existing trees and planting new ones throughout metro ATL. 

GIG just finished TA's new signage!


Swimming, Anyone?

A lone lifeguard chair remains at Horseshoe Bend Beach in Montana's Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. 

I'm spending most of a Georgia January daydreaming of faraway places-- Read More



Faye H. Goolrick

Certified Interpretive Planner and Interpretive Exhibit Writer
A longtime professional writer, editor, and interpretive planning consultant, Faye works with clients throughout the U.S. to develop long-range interpretive plans for cultural and historic sites, including many plans for the National Park Service. She also plans and writes engaging, award-wining interpretive exhibits and audiovisuals. Faye's intelligent, lively prose has won awards in three different fields: interpretive exhibit writing, corporate/business writing, and magazine journalism. A Phi Beta Kappa English major (Hollins College) with an advanced degree in history (University of Virginia), she has helped hundreds of clients with interpretive projects large and small.

Faye has consulted and written for scores of cultural and historic sites, from history museums to battlefields to national forests (National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service), as well as blue-chip corporations (The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia-Pacific, IBM), top-ranked universities (Emory University, Georgia Tech), and mass-circulation journalistic publications (the Michelin Green Guides, Reader’s Digest Publications, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

She holds professional memberships in the American Association of Museums, the Atlanta Press Club, the Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC), and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), where she earned her Certified Interpretive Planner credential in 2007.

Allie Goolrick
Interpretive Writing, Audiovisuals and New Media
A 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Emerson College, Boston, with a degree in media arts and a specialty in audio engineering, Allie boasts a lifelong background of visits (sometimes unwillingly) to museums, visitor centers, nature centers, and state and national parks all across America.

Her college experience includes an art history semester in Europe; internships with Clear Channel Entertainment (The Tabernacle music venue, Atlanta) and Mad Booking music promotions; by-lined feature writing for the Emerson College newspaper; and a semester working for the High Museum of Atlanta during the special installation “From Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kröller-Müller Museum.”

From 2005 to 2006, Allie was podcast producer and editorial intern for Paste Magazine. A trained photographer, audio engineer and video editor, she is skilled with Podcastmaker, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, Steenbeck Editing, and related software and holds membership in the Audio Engineering Society of America. In addition to working with GIG, she recently completed a masters degree in Journalism at the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism and has just optioned her first screenplay.

Chester B. Goolrick III
A retired Wall Street Journal reporter, Dad is Head Cheerleader, Chief Recreational Officer, and occasional consultant and copyeditor for GIG.

How We Work

Goolrick Interpretive Group offers a cohesive team for interpretive planning, natural and cultural history research and documentation, and interpretive exhibit writing.

Faye Goolrick serves as project leader, lead researcher, and writer on all projects.

Allie Goolrick works under Faye’s supervision to provide directed research from primary and appropriate secondary sources, bibliographic documentation, and image sourcing and permissions as required. Allie also provides new media consulting, a valuable “20-something” perspective, and administrative support for all aspects of GIG.

Chester Goolrick provides encyclopedic cultural knowledge, bad jokes, and excellent iced tea.

Hardware and Software

Goolrick Interpretive Group is equipped with both Apple Powerbook G-4 and Windows XP computing, printing, and email capabilities. Our preferred text-writing software is MS Word. Depending on client preferences, we use Excel and other MS programs for inventorying and tracking, as well as the FilemakerPro-based National Park Service Exhibit Planner software.