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.

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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



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Travelling 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.  This historic route, translated as the Royal Road to the Interior Lands or “the King’s Highway,” ran from Mexico City (the 17th- and 18th-century Spanish colonial capital) northward as the Spanish explored and settled in what is now New Mexico.  

Our first assignment was to take a walk under clear, bright blue, impossibly sunny skies.  (Tough job, but somebody has to do it!) We followed the path laid down by Santa Fe County Open Space and Trails and used our GPS to record the best spots for interpretive signs.  Then we met with local residents of the nearby Agua Fria, a designated Traditional Historic Community, where many residents can trace their lineage – and their land lots – back many generations to the very first Spanish settlers in the region!  We’ll be working on a total of nine signs along the route from Agua Fria into downtown Santa Fe.  Thanks to our design client, Content Design Collaborative, for pulling us in on this cool (hot!) project.

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