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Interpretation In The Natural Areas: Enhancing The Visitor Experience, Alexandra Correia-Sareyka Jan 2017

Interpretation In The Natural Areas: Enhancing The Visitor Experience, Alexandra Correia-Sareyka

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The natural areas at Morris Arboretum are one section of the gardens that have a strong need for new and updated interpretation. The existing panels in the wetland were outdated and weathered, while a newly-installed deer fence in Penn’s Woods required directional signage. My project was to fill both of these needs, which I accomplished through collaboration with the interpretation team and other key stakeholders. With the assistance of the interpretation team, we developed new content. A graphic designer helped us to design five beautiful new panels for the wetland, while I designed a simple sign for the deer ...


Fostering Family Engagement At The Morris Arboretum, Pilar Rivera Jan 2016

Fostering Family Engagement At The Morris Arboretum, Pilar Rivera

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This project is a web-based Arboretum app for families with children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. This piece of digital mobile technology is in support of the Arboretum’s interpretive initiative, Awakening the Senses. The main purpose of this project is to encourage families to connect with their natural surroundings and one another through sensory engagement. There are five unique experiences that coordinate with the five senses and five different plant parts. Each experience provides a movement cue, interactive activity, scientific lesson, an open-ended question to answer as a family, and a digital reward for completing ...


Creating Arcgis Story Maps Of The Morris Arboretum: Mapping People, Plants, And Place, Corey Bassett Jan 2015

Creating Arcgis Story Maps Of The Morris Arboretum: Mapping People, Plants, And Place, Corey Bassett

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This project explores the use of ArcGIS Story Maps in digital interpretation projects at the Morris Arboretum. Story Maps are web applications that bring together maps, images, and stories, into a cohesive, interactive, format. The completed deliverable, “Exploring a Century of Cherry Trees at the Morris Arboretum,” will be available to view via the Morris Arboretum website for the annual cherry blossom festival. This project shows that this method of digital interpretation is well-suited for future use at the Arboretum and opens the door to use many ArcGIS mapping and web application products.


Member Retention Through Continuing Education, Stephanie Kuniholm Jan 2014

Member Retention Through Continuing Education, Stephanie Kuniholm

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Since the start of Fiscal Year 2013 Morris Arboretum received 1,297 registrants for continuing education courses (excluding the School of Arboriculture and symposia but including Growing Minds programming for families). Out of those 1,297 registrants, 61% were designated as member registrants. At the same time, 10.5% of Arboretum memberships were associated with course registrations. Assuming that membership retention often occurs through increased involvement, then it follows that an increase in continuing education participation from members should result in continued or added financial support. With this knowledge, we need not offer a larger quantity of classes but should ...