Discovering Erie County Trails Through Forty-Eight, Cut-To-Shape, Fiberglass Embedded Panels

Home to 12 public parks and 30 miles of trails, Erie MetroParks provide opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy and appreciate the public land in Erie County, Ohio.

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.

San Francisco’s Windows into the Past

The diverse history of San Francisco did not start in with the California Gold Rush in the 1840s. Nor did it begin in 1776 when the Spanish established a Mission and a Presidio. Instead, San Francisco’s history dates back thousands of years further in time. During those millennia California was the land of Native Americans, and the Ohlone Tribe called San Francisco, and indeed much of the Bay Area home, as do their descents today. Yet, standing at the Moscone Center in the heart of this urban setting, it may seem an impossible task to envision what everyday life was like on this spot 500 or 1000 years ago.

US Lighthouse Society Outdoor Historical Exhibits

Over the past two and a half years, the Chesapeake Chapter of the US Lighthouse Society has created and installed fifteen indoor lighthouse historical exhibits. They established the Offshore Lighthouse Historical Placard program in 2016. There are several purposes to the program; one of them being to preserve the history of Lighthouses, Lighthouse Keepers, Lightships and Lightship crew in the Chesapeake  Bay core area.

Ongoing Historical Interpretation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The City of Lancaster is one of the largest historic districts in the country, according to the National Register of Historic Places. The African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania has initiated a program to educate visitors on the history of the area. Approximately 25 historical sites, people and events have been identified for interpretive outdoor panels and exhibit bases.

Retelling History Through Interpretive Signage

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.

“Lasting Legacy” Interpretive Exhibits in Perry County, Pennsylvania

By the year 2020, over 100 National Park Service style historical exhibits will be installed throughout Perry County. The Perry County Bicentennial Committee decided to begin the project several years ago, for the anniversary of Perry County’s legal establishment. Numerous interpretive panels have already been designed, manufactured, and installed through the county. Over 25 exhibits will be placed at Bicentennial Plaza, at the Lynn Sheaffer Dum Memorial Park.

Outdoor Signage Accompanies New River Access in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Organized in 2007, the Cass River Greenway initiative has a goal to boost recreational opportunities and promote environmental well-being of the Cass River Corridor in Frankenmuth, Michigan. In the decade since its inception, the Cass River Greenway has worked with municipalities to provide public access points and increase awareness of the river. As part of the change, volunteers have worked with Pannier to produce Fiberglass Embedded (FE) panels and upright triangular exhibit bases to better orient and educate locals and tourists alike.

Enhancing Alabama Bird Watching through Fiberglass Embedded (FE) Signs

Due to its geographical location, Alabama is an attractive location for bird watchers to visit. The state is a haven for many resident birds found only in the Southeastern U.S., plus serves as a significant flyway for birds traveling from South and Central America all the way to the Arctic Circle. The Alabama Birding Trails project covers nearly 300 locations across the state that have been deemed premier birding sites by seasoned birders and naturalists. One of the cornerstones of the project is interpretive panels at locations statewide. To date, Pannier has manufactured nearly 30 outdoor exhibits with future plans for additional waysides.

Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) Panels Installed at Ponderosa Walking Park in Houston, Texas

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.