Due to my background in environmental education, both at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (Roswell, Georgia), as well as with International Expeditions in developing environmental education programs, developing outdoor classrooms, consulting for nature trail development, and administering nature programs, it is a very good fit for me to offer these services in my business. In addition, I have traveled the world and visited Natural Heritage Sites, Nature Centers, Environmental Centers and have walked trails with every imaginable type of interpretation signage and settings all over the world. These experiences have provided me a source of ideas in implementing environmental interpretation consulting in the U.S. as well as international destinations.
Trail development for hiking, cycling and other recreational / educational activities can be implemented to take advantage of the most important features of the landscape. This includes, but certainly is not limited to, geology, botanical features, wetland areas and particular areas that may be food sources or den sites for wildlife. There are many ways to provide educational information to visitors of any natural area and today, websites are a wonderful tool in allowing people to download and print material as needed. This reduces cost for an organization that no longer has to spend “ever shrinking” financial resources to print color brochures, that may only end up in the trash and / or have entire stacks of brochures vandalized at outdoor kiosks. Once a trail is established, I can survey the trail and provide all of the info required for a website to provide a very “user friendly” natural history educational trail guide. This will include high quality color images of habitats, plant and animal species as well as text with information in support of photographs.
There are many possibilities where providing trail interpretation can be of benefit to organizations, businesses, schools, lodges, private and public clubs etc…..
Nature trails allow for guests, visitors, members and patrons to take advantage of having some quality family time in the out-of-doors. Often, day trips result in expenditures that may prevent a family from a particular venue but most often, walks in nature come at a price of only the gas required for the family automobile taking them to and from the trail. This makes getting out doors even more pleasurable and if a fun educational experience is the result, then it is a very worthwhile outing that benefits not only the family but also provides a means of promoting stewardship for our dwindling natural resources.
Please note! In designing interpretation for a nature trail, it is important to recognize that nature changes, sometimes quite drastically with the seasons. What is observable in spring may be completely absent in fall and winter. To insure the best use of a nature trail, year round, it is important to have three or possibly four different tabs on a website to click on for the appropriate time of year. This way, visitors to the website, can take advantage of trail interpretation that is very different from one season to the next. This may also encourage those persons interested, to visit the trail 3 or 4 times or more over the course of a year.
Please contact me to discuss your needs in developing trail interpretation.