Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Interpretive Program

Prescott Creeks (http://www.prescottcreeks.org)
Prescott, AZ

New and refreshed interpretive materials with an updated look helped the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve in Prescott, AZ, improve educational opportunities for visitors. Five new interpretive signs, installed along two new loop trails, addressed stream restoration, groundwater monitoring, southwest rivers, cottonwood gallery forests, and a wildlife pond. At each entrance, a custom wood butterfly-roofed kiosk orients trail users with a large trail map. Colorful graphics draw interest to six updated signs throughout the City of Prescott; new layouts enhance reader understanding. Ten engraved metal plaques with hand-drawn botanical illustrations help visitors identify common native and non-native plants throughout the Preserve. A brochure, to be distributed off-site, attracts visitors to the Preserve and prepares them with rules, site history, and directions.

See a step-by-step walkthrough of designing these interpretive signs on our blog.

Wayside trail sign on the riparian cottonwood forest

Wayside sign explains the "gallery forest" within the Preserve. Photo by Prescott Creeks.

Colored pencil interpretive graphic of a watershed

Detail of "gallery forest" sign custom illustration in colored pencil.

Wayfinding kiosk with butterfly roof

Orientation kiosk installed at park entrance. Photo by Prescott Creeks.

Wayside sign highlights wildlife use of a created pond

Interpretive sign installed at the Preserve's wildlife pond. Photo by Prescott Creeks.

Tri-fold brochure presenting site ecology, history, and rules

A tri-fold brochure attracts visitors to the Preserve and conveys Preserve history, features, and rules.

Plant identification plaques

Ten plaques identify common native plants with custom botanical illustrations.

Rendering of wayfinding kiosk.

Rendering of custom orientation kiosk with map panel.

Interpretive sign explaining the function and types of southwest rivers, and the history of Granite Creek

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