Capay Open Space Park (COSP) is a 41-acre park located in Esparto, California. The area is rich in cultural and natural history and has been open to the public for over ten years. However, until recently, the park and its public access to Cache Creek was virtually unknown and received few visitors due to the lack of wayfinding and interpretive signage.
Located in Osborn MetroPark is the Erie MetroParks Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is a first-of-its-kind, mile-long trail system featuring five play pods. These interactive pods are made up of larger-than-life play structures that mimic local wildlife and plant life.
As a conservation park district, Erie MetroParks ensures that natural resources are cared for by educating the public on the importance and unique qualities of the natural world around them. This makes the signage for the Discovery Trail just as important as the trail and play pods themselves. To carry out this mission of conservation, Erie MetroParks staff called on Pannier to bring their educational, interpretive, and wayfinding signs to life.
Tennessee’s largest state park, South Cumberland State Park, consumes nearly 31,000 acres of deeply-forested, rugged and breathtaking landscape; defined by the environmentally-unique escarpments and canyons of the Cumberland Plateau. Located between Nashville and Chattanooga, the park contains a dozen major waterfalls and nearly 100 miles of wilderness hiking trails. Also found in the large state park, is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
Spanning across 430 acres of what used to be a rock quarry in northwest Ames, Iowa is now Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The park was named after local botanist, Ada Hayden. It is comprised of 5 miles of hiking trails, two lakes, scenic overlooks and much more.
Surrounded by lush foliage and home to abundant wildlife, the Ponderosa Walking Park is a hidden gem just to the north of bustling Houston, Texas. With a goal to engage visitors and raise awareness for the park’s natural resources, the Ponderosa Forest Municipal Utility District and Interpretive Insights partnered with Pannier to develop durable educational and wayfinding exhibits.
In 2015, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) began working with Chippewa County to provide green infrastructure improvements for Sherman Park Beach, located along the St. Mary’s River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The beach had been experiencing periodic closures due to elevated levels of E.coli from storm water runoff.
ECT designed a stormwater “Best Management Practices” for Chippewa County, which included the installation of rain gardens, sidewalk infiltration grates, and native plantings, along with redirecting a storm drain to discharge outside of the jetties, and soil stabilization. In addition, a beach nourishment plan was prepared to raise the profile of the beach, restore the sand dunes and help infiltrate runoff.
As part of the project, ECT’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Chris O’Meara designed seven interpretive panels to display educational information. O’Meara’s designs were manufactured as Fiberglass Embedded panels. Four were installed into Pannier Traditional T exhibit bases, while one became part of a Triangular Kiosk.
Climate Change is one of the most talked about topics in the world today. For the past three years, Pannier has been working with the National Park Service (NPS) as part of a Plan, Design, Build contract to design wayside exhibits that provide awareness of the impacts of Climate Change in different areas of the country. This project was awarded as part of Pannier’s IDIQ contract with NPS.
Located at the Greenville Downtown Airport, Runway Park is the perfect combination of fun and education for children of all ages. The park features an aircraft themed playground, part of a Boeing 737 airplane, an airport hangar that can be rented out and its newest addition, 17 educational signs.
Combining exercise, nature and literature is what Owlexander’s Hoot Route is all about! Located in Centerville-Washington Park District in Ohio, Owlexander’s Hoot Route is the first nature and literature trail of its kind. This trail was a community effort between the park, the Washington-Centerville Public Library and is fully funded by the Yeck Family Foundation.