Sketch of people walking on path along exhibits and people fishing

Snake River Interpretive Plan and Exhibit Design

Snake River Gateways
Grand Teton National Park, WY

Interpreting the Snake River corridor connecting stunning landscapes, intact ecosystems, and diverse human experiences.

The Snake River—tranquil and serene, mighty and powerful— gives Grand Teton National Park life. The river runs through the entirety of the park from headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to the park’s south boundary, travelling over 1,000 miles to the Columbia River and and the Pacific Ocean.

To enhance the experience of visitors who fish, kayak, canoe, and raft this beautiful and dynamic river, EDX is working with the park and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation to enhance interpretation at 10 sites along the Snake River corridor—creating a sequence of meaningful visitor experiences.

Sketch of diorama with bison

Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center

Hot Springs, SD

Stories of rich cultures and a complex ecosystem link worlds, above and below ground.

Wind Cave National Park, located in southwestern South Dakota, is the country’s eighth national park. Originally designated to protect the cave, the park now also protects one of the largest remaining mixed-grass prairies in the Black Hills. The cave is an extensive, complex network that includes miles of underground passageways interconnected in a tangled knot and connected to the above-ground world in surprising ways. Prairie wildlife include bison, elk, pronghorn, deer, mountain lion, prairie dog, and the endangered black-footed ferret.

EDX-designed exhibits shed light on the geology of the cave, its cultural significance to the Lakota and other American Indian tribes, the rich natural environment, and the ways in which these stories are intricately connected—above and below ground. The exhibits provide ADA-compliant experiences for all visitors. Oral histories and traditions from American Indian tribes educate visitors on the important cultural significance of Wind Cave to different peoples.

Sketch showing diorama island in center of exhibits

Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitor Center

Mosca, CO

Exploring the unique plants, animals, and people who make a home among some of the world’s most impressive sand dunes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve encompasses over 234 square miles of diverse landscapes and ecosystems. From the San Luis Valley at 7,500 feet to the 14,000-foot summits of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the park encompasses grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. New EDX-designed exhibits highlight the diversity of the park’s ecosystems and history through stunning dioramas, interactive tactile elements, and an immersive night-sky experience.

 

sketch showing Hurricane Ridge landscape in summer on left side and winter on right side

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Olympic National Park
Port Angeles, WA

A window into life in the extreme climate conditions of Hurricane Ridge.

Sitting at 5,242 ft, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center encompasses stunning, sweeping views of the Olympic range in clear weather. However, life on aptly named “Hurricane Ridge” is dictated by the wind and snow that shapes its climate year-round. Olympic National Park is currently in the process of developing new interpretive media for one of its two top highly visited visitor centers. In preparation for this work, EDX collaborated with the park as well as local stakeholders to conduct workshops to prepare for the planning and design phases of the new exhibits. Designs will provide new content in the entrance/lobby area, fireplace and lounge orientation area, existing exhibit gallery, and theater.

Sketch showing visitors peering at a volcano cross section

Crater Lake National Park

Klamath County, OR

A place of immense beauty to awaken our imagination and curiosity seeped in the wonders of the natural world.

Crater Lake National Park, established in 1902, is located in southwest Oregon in the south-central portion of the Cascade Range. Exhibits under design highlight the park’s unique geologic history and rich natural environment through memorable hands-on immersive zones. Features include an eye-catching 3D replica and cross-section of pre-eruption Mt. Mazama that connects two floors, a dramatic 180 degree “Eruption Theater” experience, and exploratory dioramas capturing four seasons of the natural world at Crater Lake.

Sketch of exhibits, with a vignette with tactile javelinas and a jeep and graphic panels. There is a map on the floor.

Big Bend National Park Visitor Centers

Big Bend National Park, TX

Focusing on natural history and cultural stories throughout the park.

Exhibit design is currently underway for four sites in Big Bend National Park. Rio Grande Village Visitor Center is focused on the ecology of the river, highlighting the history of bi-national cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico. Magdalena House was named after Magdalena Silvas, a cook who lived there in the early 20th century. Exhibits will explore what life was like in this isolated area almost a century ago. Chisos Basin highlights the diversity of animals and habitats in the park. Persimmon Gap focuses on transportation in the remote areas of Big Bend National Park.

In 2007, EDX completed exhibits for the Panther Junction Visitor Center, interpreting the natural history of the mountains, river, and desert.

‘Iolani Palace

Honolulu, Hawaii

Highlighting the innovation and resilience of native Hawaiian culture.

As Hawaii was threatened by imperialist forces in the late 19th century, King Kalakaua built ‘Iolani Palace as a symbol of Hawaii’s sovereign role in the world. EDX first created a Concept Design of 4,000 sf of new exhibits on the Palace’s gallery level, integrating them with an existing Palace tour and introductory movie. As we begin Design Development, EDX will continue to work closely with an advisory group of native Hawaiians assuring that exhibits tell an accurate and unflinching story of the turbulent years of history represented by the Palace—while celebrating the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture.

Grand Canyon National Park Verkamp’s Visitor Center

South Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ

People live at the Grand Canyon? Interpreting the South Rim community

Grand Canyon is a world-famous natural wonder. The South Rim is also home to a community of people whose livelihoods revolve around the canyon. Exhibits at Verkamp’s Curio Store (now a National Park Service visitor center) celebrate this rich and diverse community, engaged in preservation and tourism since the late 1800s.