Learning what makes the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project unique will be easy thanks to signage recently drafted by a team of Arboretum and Public Garden staff and volunteers through a unique process termed Team Week.
Team Week is a state of the art model of interpretive exhibit creation developed with a National Science Foundation grant by UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden Director Kathleen Socolofsky. It is an intensive week of creative problem solving in which teams of people develop and then test potential new visitor-centered interpretive signs.
Through a cyclical process of brainstorming, creative design, and evaluation, teams create mock-ups of the proposed interpretive exhibits, test them with visitors walking through the Arboretum, and then revise and refine the signs based on the feedback received. The process directly applies best practices in informal education and environmental interpretation.
From April 10-22, participants worked on developing educational signage for the Downtown Davis Parkway Greening Project, which includes the new California Native Plant GATEway Garden and the restoration of the Putah Creek Parkway near the east end of the Arboretum. By the end of the project timeline, our two teams produced a total of ten mock-ups on topics ranging from wetlands, native plants, and rain gardens, to wildlife in the Arboretum and along the Putah Creek Parkway corridor.
Many thanks go to our volunteers for donating their time and expertise to the development of these important educational tools! We’ll keep you posted on their final iterations and upcoming installations.