Living Off-grid – A Lesson in Energy Consumption

  In the early 1980s I was a nature center director in Pueblo, Colorado. The energy crisis nationally energized us to be early adopters and models of conservation measures. We put a solar hot water heater on the center, added clivus multrum composting toilets and built a solar greenhouse both as demonstrations and to showContinue reading “Living Off-grid – A Lesson in Energy Consumption”

Gift Shops – Eights Ideas to Consider

Great gift shops extend the learning experience in a community or at a natural science or cultural site. They encourage us to invest and take home a symbol of the visit. These are traits that you might consider in planning or revamping your gift store.   1) Sell fair trade goods, sustainably crafted, with enduring value.Continue reading “Gift Shops – Eights Ideas to Consider”

Message Your Waste

Locations where people throw away items or use bathroom facilities can be great opportunities to send messages that matter. Here are nine thoughts on creative ways we see messaging of varied kinds at facilities the public almost always has to use wherever they go.   Art in bathrooms or on recycling centers can help tell yourContinue reading “Message Your Waste”

Science Interpretation on a GRAND SCALE

Virtually all people everywhere enjoy the innovations of science but often without any appreciation of what it took to develop that innovation. We rely on and love our technology, but many people don’t seem to understand that the same scientists who bring us technology are the same ones who are telling us about the effectsContinue reading “Science Interpretation on a GRAND SCALE”

Missed Opportunities – Video and Photographic Histories

I recently spent several days going through boxes of family photos left to me in my mother’s estate and given to me by my sister just months before her passing. I scanned each photo and attempted to add a meaningful tag on the title of the jpeg file. Many of the photos have a questionContinue reading “Missed Opportunities – Video and Photographic Histories”

Viral Video Ethics – Eagle Snatches Kid

  I just watched a cable TV show, Caught on Camera, Viral Videos – Is That Possible, about the making of videos that have gone viral with some fake and some real situations. One was a “phony” video of a man flying like Icarus with wings flapping through the man’s arm movements. The show debunksContinue reading “Viral Video Ethics – Eagle Snatches Kid”

Branding a Region – Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The coffee tree (Coffea arabica) was brought to Kona in 1828, now flourishing on more than 800 farms on the rich volcanic soils of Mauna Loa and Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world due to its rich flavor, very limited growing area andContinue reading “Branding a Region – Kona Coffee Cultural Festival”

Build It and They May Not Come

Who doesn’t enjoy the passionate pursuit of a romantic dream? Kevin Costner’s successful movie, Field of Dreams, fed a new generation of dreamers in 1989 when it came out.   Many organizations plan their future facilities with the “Build it and they will come” idea in mind, but just because a facility works well inContinue reading “Build It and They May Not Come”

Capacity Building with Computers

  We have made several trips to Rwanda to provide training and interpretive planning in two national parks. The dedication of the guides we have met in Rwanda is inspirational. They are deeply committed to the conservation and care of the spectacular park resources of their nation.   Last January we asked the guides weContinue reading “Capacity Building with Computers”

Ecological Restoration – a Story Worth Telling

  We live next to the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado. It meanders out of the Rocky Mountains toward the Platte River, which eventually joins the Missouri River and travels onward into the Mississippi basin at St. Louis. More than a century of agriculture and community development have led to numerous waterContinue reading “Ecological Restoration – a Story Worth Telling”