Air and Space, Washington DC

In epic year-long+ project, I joined up with Vancouver’s NGX Interactive to take on the digital content development and writing for the redevelopment of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Where to begin? It was huge, and it was fascinating. I had done a fair bit of astronomy interpretation before but the aviation history was new to me. This was also the […]

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Interpretive Signs: Astotin Lake

I hired Melanie Greenaway, designer and Keely Langford, writer and together we put together a concept, interpretive plan, and interpretive text for a whole new suite of interpretive panels at Astotin Lake in beautiful Elk Island National Park, Alberta. Here are a few pages from the plan.

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Unpacking Macdonald

I worked with Bellevue House National Historic Site in Kingston, Ontario on a complete interpretive media plan. Bellevue House was a residence of John A Macdonald (our first prime minister, for those who aren’t from around here.) He has become, well, a controversial figure: he’s the father of Confederation, and arguably an architect of genocide, for starters… We have taken a Many Voices approach, making […]

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Discovery Centre in Delta BC

I worked for over a year on this ambitious project: a discovery centre for the City of Delta, BC on the theme of identity and change. My role was interpretive planner and writer, working with the city’s own curatorial team and contracted designers from DoubleDare, EDM Design, Holman Exhibits, and others. I’m well pleased with how it turned out. Not only did we create artifact-based […]

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Calgary Zoo Bugtopia!

I teamed up with Reich and Petch, Holman Exhibits, and the Calgary Zoo to help put together a fantastic new creative play space at the Calgary Zoo entitled Bugtopia! The idea was to get children playing in a natural space (the river valley that provides the setting for the Zoo), and get them up close to insects, spiders, mushrooms, and other things that city kids […]

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Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Strategy

I worked with the folks at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to develop a comprehensive interpretive plan for their public programming. It was a big job. They were interested in evaluating their geographic approach (they have many parks over a huge physical area), programming styles, their relationships with their existing and potential audiences, their professional development framework, and more. It even made the news when it […]

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Springs and Scavengers

I teamed up once more with Doubledare Design and Point Ellice House to be the interpretive writer for Springs and Scavengers, an exhibit about the history of water, public sanitation (that’s fancy talk for sewage), and of course the politics of privilege. It was fascinating stuff; I’ve lived in Victoria a couple of times and had no idea of the interplay of power, race, money, […]

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Hiawatha First Nation

This year marked a new way of doing interpretive planning for me: in the past I have worked a lot with Indigenous groups through government or nonprofit clients. This year, for the first time, I have been hired (three times now) by the First Nation itself. Indigenous groups are taking control of their own tourism and cultural heritage, and by hiring their own contractors they […]

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Widgeon Lake

I teamed up with the people at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to embark on a combination interpretive planning course, and interpretive planning process for a brand-new regional park, Widgeon Lake. We got together every week or two for day-long workshops, and together we worked through the interpretive planning process. I guided the group along the way, and they did most of the work. We were […]

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Interpretive Planning Course

In February of 2020 I spent a week in Jasper, Alberta leading an interpretive planning course. It was a ton of fun and fairly intense from a content point of view. The interpretive and visitor experience staff there were starting a process of interpretive planning and wanted this week-long workshop to kick off the process and fill in some of the planning pieces along the […]

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