The Acorn Group, Inc.

Blending the skills of planners, designers, and educators, The Acorn Group offers award-winning services in interpretive planning and design.


Our capabilities include:

  • Interpretive master planning
  • Interpretive writing and editing
  • Design, exterior wayside exhibits
  • Design, visitor center and museum interiors
  • Environmental graphics
  • Curriculum development
  • Donor recognition media, including panels, pavers, banners
  • Print media, including exhibit passports, brochures, discovery kits, and trail guides
  • Formative and summative exhibit evaluation
  • Front-end research, including intercept surveys, needs assessments, focus groups
  • Illustration, including fine art, maps, scientific illustration
  • Script development for audiovisual media
  • Strategic planning for both interpretation and education
  • Visitor engagement through citizen science and stewardship
  • Wayfinding design, including monument markers, orientation panels, directional signs

Our projects and efforts are recognized nationally, receiving such awards as the Exhibit Design Award, Print and Media Design Award, and Interpretive Media Award by the National Association for Interpretation, Best of Show by the Western Fairs Association, Award of Excellence by the California Parks and Recreation Society, and National Education Award by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 2007, The Acorn Group received the First Place Interpretive Media Award from the National Association for Interpretation for design of Nix Nature Center. In 2012, the North American Association for Environment Education honored The Acorn Group with their Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award. In 2016, the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented the Owens Lake design team (of which The Acorn Group was a part) with their Award of Excellence.

Partial list of clients:

  • Bellfree Contractors, Los Angeles, California
  • California State Parks, Sacramento, California
  • City of Glendale, Glendale, California
  • County of Orange, OC Parks, Santa Ana, California
  • Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Friends of Fakahatchee, Everglades City, Florida
  • Google, Mountain View, California
  • Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, Hayward, California
  • Holden Forests and Gardens, Kirtland, Ohio
  • Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
  • Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Irvine, California
  • Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Los Angeles, California
  • National Park Service/National Trails Intermountain Region, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Oregon Metro, Portland, Oregon
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Palos Verdes, California
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • PlayCore, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Red Butte Garden, Salta Lake City, Utah
  • RJM Design Group, Inc., San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Roesling Nakamura Architects, Inc., San Diego, California
  • San Diego Zoological Society, San Diego, California
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, California
  • Split Rock Studios, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • State of New Mexico, Department of Cultural Affairs, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • State of Oregon, Department of Parks and Recreation, Salem, Oregon
  • State of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Terra Design Studios, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The Nature Conservancy, Los Angeles and Ventura, California
  • United States Forest Service, San Gabriel River Ranger District, California
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California



The Acorn Group, Inc.

180 S Prospect, Suite 230
Tustin, California 92780
(714) 838-4888
[email protected]

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