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



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Great Views from AAM and Minnesota Valley

As always, the recent AAM conference (Minneapolis this time) was great fun and extremely informative.  I can’t believe how terrific the exhibit hall was this year – absolutely chock-a-block with cool, innovative, and very USEFUL new techno stuff that no one can resist playing with (and learning from, despite ourselves).  

I also trekked over to the Bloomington Visitor Center of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to see the new exhibit installation, which I researched and wrote but hadn’t yet seen.  Wow!  The building itself is a knock-out, all beautiful stonework and natural light, and the exhibit colors and images complement the setting marvelously.  As for the text:  I’m happy.  It’s short, simple, and interpretive in a way that should inspire general readers/visitors to look closely, explore, and learn more in that vast, wild, wet landscape just outside the windows. 

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