Conservation Center Exhibits

You Are Here: Pammel Park Map as Context

The central feature of the exhibition area is a relief map of the Devil’s Backbone Trail and Ridge in Pammel Park, which serves as a focal point around which visitors can orient themselves. From where they stand, visitors can easily “zoom out” to consider Madison County’s topography, landcover, and associated ecosystems, or “zoom in” to specific ecosystems, specific plants and animals within them, and even the microscopic world underfoot. They can travel through time: backwards, via layers of bedrock and eras of evolution, and forward toward a future in which their choices already play a part — starting right then and there in Pammel Park.

In the physical space, Pammel Park structure helps ground the visitor experience in a central, low-profile area that doesn’t disrupt visitors’ nightlines out of the building’s many windows. At a glance, visitors can see where they are in the park, then look up to see the park around them. In the between Pammel Park Map and the out-of-doors are topic-specific areas, which connect to the central map via Geo Pins.

Geo Pins

Atop the Pammel Park Map are larger than life color-coded pins — free standing, cut-out graphics that connects the physical features of the landscape to topic-specific areas around the rest of the exhibit space. This allows the visitor to contextualize the content they’re seeing in the outer topic areas.

5 Exhibit Components

For detailed information provided by the exhibit design company, Split Rock Studios, check out the following design manuals: SDII Design Package and Content Manual.

Area A: Journey Through Time

Area B: Meet the Animals

Area C: Oak Ecosystems

Area D: Geology

Area E: Water