For over 30 years, the Triangle Land Conservancy has owned and managed over 16,700 acres and six nature preserves across six counties in North Carolina. In 2016, they opened their “That Makes Sense” trail.
The “That Makes Sense” trail is an interpretive trail designed to get kids excited about spending time outdoors while teaching them about nature. It’s a 0.8 mile loop located at the Horton Grove Nature Preserve. There are a series of fourteen signs that explain how animals, including humans, use their senses to navigate the world around them. Each sign also encourages the reader to carefully observe the preserve using their own senses. Visitors are also able to print a scavenger hunt online before they visit the trail.
“The panels were designed in partnership with science writer Susan Ring,” said TLC’s Communication Director, Diana Hackenburg. “Susan helped develop the theme and content while I created the actual design in house.”
TLC chose to display their fourteen Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) panels in Single Pedestal exhibit bases. GCL panels were perfect for the harsh North Carolina sun thanks to its extra barrier of UV protection.
“We found Pannier through a simple Google search,” said Hackenburg. “This was our first time creating interpretative signs so we just started by searching the internet, Krystyn really helped answer all of our questions along the way. Working with Pannier was simple and easy! The beautiful signs add so much to our preserve and we hope they’ll keep families coming back to explore the wild again and again.”
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