The Creation of the Titanic Rail Trail and Creating Trail Guides
Linking rail-trails and creating trail guides.
Speakers: Thomas Chamberland, Park Ranger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District; Richard Harris, TN/NC Maintenance Director, Benton MacKaye Trail
The first presentation will explore why one person said, "This is like trying to put together a bowl of spilled spaghetti," when a nonprofit trail group endeavored to link five different rail-trails, 13 communities and two states into a 66 mile long rail-trail in Southern New England. The second presentation will show how one trail group, the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, was able to publish their own trail guides at minimal expense and with maximal returns.
Stefis Demetropoulos of the Florida Forest Service tells the story of how one volunteer can make a difference.
Exhibitions are complex presentations that convey concepts, showcase objects, and excite the senses. However, as museums recognize the diversity within their audiences, they realize that exhibitions must do more: exhibitions must teach to different learning styles, respond to issues of cultural and gender equity, and offer multiple levels of information. The resulting changes in exhibitions have made these presentations more understandable, enjoyable, and connected to visitors’ lives.
The Accessibility Guidelines are intended as a reference manual and department policy on accessible design and shall be utilized in planning and implementing regular maintenance activities, construction projects, publications, exhibits, new programs, and special events. The guidelines are not a comprehensive set of requirements for all situations, but rather a summary of information from many sources which provide guidance for common uses in the State Park System. This document is an update to the 2009 edition.
Kartchner Caverns State Park provides tours that see over 150,000 people annually and the information that rangers provide on the tours is crucial to the experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has been missing out on a vital part of the experience, until now.