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More than words, interactive signs amplify the experience of trail patrons by engaging the senses.



More than just words: experience trails through interactive interpretive panels

photo of child in snow with sign

The interactive elements can withstand intense weathering


Imagine walking a trail. You hear birds; you see wildlife; your feet crush the dirt, and you make your way through the wilderness, engaged in your surroundings. While walking the trail, you encounter an interpretive sign. What makes you take time to read the sign?

For young campers and explorers at Camp Minikani in Wisconsin, the interpretive signs draw patrons in with the promise of play. The signs dotting the Camp Minikani boardwalk use interactive elements to captivate and engage patrons.

Press a button and hear the song of the American goldfinch or the bellow of a bullfrog. Lift a three-dimensional mud casting to reveal an underwater habitat teaming with bugs. The sounds and tactile experiences of the surrounding forest are captured in the interpretation. More than words, interactive signs amplify the experience of trail patrons by engaging the senses.

When multiple senses are engaged, awareness is heightened, which means patrons are more likely to internalize the information contained on a single sign.

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The Out of the cold, campers enjoy native bird calL


This internalization fosters connections, increases the desire for stewardship, and intensifies the desire for more learning, making interactive signage a powerful interpretive tool. Organizations like Camp Minikani have connected the dots and recognize the value of interactive interpretation in helping them achieve their organizational goals.

Eli Fyksen, Camp Minikani Environmental Education Director, requested the help of Interpretive Graphics (an interpretive firm based out of Salt Lake City, UT) for design and fabrication of the Camp’s interactive panels. The full-service firm provided the illustrations, graphic design, audio components, and the casting. The team oversaw all details of fabrication to ensure that the interactive panels were more than just words.



For more information:

Interpretive Graphics
3590 Summerhill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
801.942.5812 801.943.6008 (Fax) -

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