During the month of March, Pannier Art and Marketing Director Jon Kovach received the opportunity to present classes at the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society conference as well as to the US Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center.
At PRPS, Kovach taught an Education Session titled “Interpreting Your Park”. In this class, the 23 students learned how to interpret their park from start to finish. Kovach has served as the Project Manager on over 30 National Park Service Wayside Exhibit Plan-Design-Build Projects over the past five years. He brought his broad knowledge of all things wayside design and fabrication to the class.
“Being longtime supporters of PRPS, I was excited to have my session chosen by the Education Committee this year,” said Kovach. “Over the past five years working on Plan-Design-Build projects for the NPS, I have learned a lot about interpreting a site and was very eager to share my hands-on experience and knowledge with others.”
This was the second time Kovach presented a session for the USFWS Training Center’s Interpretive Media Course. The course is an eight session course offered to any USFWS employee. The course is designed to help participants make the most out of signage at their sites by covering topics such as interpreting their sites, working with a designer, designing the interpretive signs themselves and working with a fabricator.
“I love having Jon in the class,” said Laurie Heupel, Course Leader. “It is very beneficial for our students to do the session and hear from the fabricators point of view.”
This past winter Kovach also mentored a class at Hocking College, teaching them about designing wayside interpretive panels.
“We are very pleased that Jon has been able to share his knowledge with many different groups,” said Jeff Heddaeus, President of Pannier Graphics. “He definitely has a lot of experience to share and we are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with such prestigious groups.