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.

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.

Paved Path at Sulphur Works

Visitor Accessibility for Waysides

Paved Path at Sulphur Works

Rachel Carson Wayside Dedication27Sept201625KC

Wayside Exhibit Planning

Rachel Carson Wayside Dedication 27 Sept 2016

Hikers reading about Devastated Area

Wayside Writing

Hikers reading about Devastated Area.

Wayside with text in two languages in front of a stature

Wayside Design

Low profile wayside

Wayside on Lassen Peak

Wayside Bases

Wayside on Lassen Peak

West Mountain trail sign map.

Wayside Map Standards

West Mountain trail sign map.

Jeff Simmons with Sanson Ranch Wayside Exhibit

Wayside Panel Materials

Jeff Simmons with Sanson Ranch Wayside Exhibit

36x24 Wayside Grid

Wayside Grids

Wayside Grids

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM

Wayside Installation

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM

New color exhibit

Wayside Evaluation

New color exhibit

Last updated: August 28, 2018