Session 3 Enhancing the Visitor's Experience

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Published on September 23, 2014

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Connecting People with Gardens The Acorn Group www.acorngroup.com: Connecting People with Gardens The Acorn Group www.acorngroup.com PowerPoint Presentation: your mission the visitors’ interests t he garden’s stories PowerPoint Presentation: Interpretive planning is a process that analyzes the need for facilities, media, programs, and services in order to inform and inspire visitors. The end goal is to help visitors connect emotionally as well as intellectually with your institution’s collection and activities. PowerPoint Presentation: Interpretation is an education activity which aims to reveal meanings and relationships through the use of original objects, by firsthand experiences, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information. Freeman Tilden, Interpreting Our Heritage , 1957 Interpretation aims at giving people new understanding, new insights, new enthusiasm, new interests. A good interpreter is sort of Pied Piper, leading people easily into new and fascinating worlds that their senses never penetrated before.   Y . Edwards, Interpreting the Environment , 1976 Guiding Questions : Guiding Questions Where are you going? Why are you going anywhere? What messages are you conveying ? What tools can you use? Are you there yet? Where are we going? : Where are we going? PowerPoint Presentation: Why are you going anywhere? To advance your garden’s mission; To help visitors connect with the garden’s collection and pursuits and value their intangible worth; To inspire and enlighten in order to open minds, cultivate appreciation, and advance knowledge and stewardship . Factors to consider: the size of your garden take-away messages needs and interests of target audiences educational and interpretive goals new opportunities for visitor engagement available and appropriate interpretive media : Factors to consider: the size of your garden take-away messages needs and interests of target audiences educational and interpretive goals new opportunities for visitor engagement available and appropriate interpretive media PowerPoint Presentation: Message Mechanics Management Market Media What messages are you conveying?: What messages are you conveying? PowerPoint Presentation: Interpretive theme : principle message about a subject connects facts and concepts with their deeper meanings goes beyond mere description foster opportunities for reflection and critical thinking answers the question "Why does this matter to me and my life?" PowerPoint Presentation: To understand the parts you must first see the whole. Case Study: Coral Mountain: Case Study: Coral Mountain PowerPoint Presentation: Coral Mountain is like a good mystery.   PowerPoint Presentation: Case Study: Alameda Creek Watershed Center Mission statement: Mission statement The Alameda Creek Watershed Center provides a community gathering place where history and science come alive. The Center inspires visitors to discover and understand the history of water development and agriculture in the Sunol Valley and help protect this watershed and its natural resources. Topics: Topics Sunol Valley California pastoral landscapes the Temple Willis Polk Muwekma Ohlone working landscapes Spanish land grants antique water conveyance Ranching concept of watershed steelhead history of Spring Valley Water Company watershed water quality endangered species water and land stewardship       PowerPoint Presentation: Theme: Here at the Sunol Water Temple, we honor the watershed and the water that flows through it. PowerPoint Presentation: n sustaining both. At this unique confluence of waterways, we also see the confluence of people and nature, and we are reminded of the significance of water in sustaining both. Case Three: Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden: Case Three: Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden T heme California’s plant life tickles your senses. “One thing we know for certain is that every one of us sees the world uniquely.” -William J. Lewis: “One thing we know for certain is that every one of us sees the world uniquely.” -William J. Lewis Group exercise: developing identifying themes: Group exercise: developing identifying themes PowerPoint Presentation: Interpretive themes are organizational tools : applied, but rarely seen. Reflected in the media, they serve as an “ advance organizer . ” PowerPoint Presentation: Themes link tangible elements with intangible concepts. They build the story “ up ,” not just across. They advance your Garden’s mission. Examples: Examples Fellows Riverside Gardens is a sanctuary that lies between the urban edge of Youngstown and the wildness of Mill Creek Park. It celebrates the world of plants and beckons visitors to become immersed in it. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a remarkable place whose land history is as fascinating as its collections and woodlands. Examples: Examples Garvan Woodland Gardens celebrate the beauty of the Ouachita Mountains and honor the work of Verna C. Garvan and other remarkable individuals. Its collections and settings reflect an understanding of how the natural world informs and inspires architecture and landscape architecture. Once the gathering grounds of the Tongva , the grazing lands of ranchers, and the oil fields of wildcatters, West Coyote Hill's open space now returns to a more pristine, natural state. Its restored habitats support wildlife, enriching our spirit and natural heritage. The Acorn Group www.acorngroup.com Jennifer Rigby [email protected]: The Acorn Group www.acorngroup.com Jennifer Rigby [email protected]

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