• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

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Wayside Exhibits

Located outdoors, close to the features they interpret, wayside exhibits readily answer questions visitors have, when they have them.

Preparing for a Wayside Project

Use the new "Wayside Exhibits: A Guide to Developing Outdoor Interpretive Exhibits" to learn about best practices and good examples, and to avoid common pitfalls. The "Wayside Guide" can lead you through the work process, link to web pages, videos, PDFs, and other resources.
Learn more about the Wayside Exhibits Guide

Wayside Work Process

Wayside exhibit projects should begin with parkwide wayside planning integrated into the full spectrum of media within a park. But following the overall identification of all desired waysides within a park, it is often necessary and prudent to move a subset of waysides forward ahead of the others. A multiphase project is not a sign of poor management, rather, wayside exhibits can be—and often should be—completed in phases. Reasons include availability of funds, the need for original art or maps, the opening of a new trail, limited staff hours for the project, seasonal conditions, or other circumstances.
Download the Wayside Work Process Charts PDF

Work with Harpers Ferry Center

Contact Harpers Ferry Center for assistance with media development strategies, project management, and to use wayside IDIQ contracts. Call or email us to obtain project cost estimates, to get answers to your wayside exhibit questions, or for HFC assistance in developing and producing wayside exhibits.
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