Exhibits being developed at GoG Visitor Center; public view May 16
It won't be open to the public for a while, but the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center gave a recent media “sneak peek” at the first completed space in its new, 1,648-square-foot exhibit area.
Featuring graphic, tactile displays with information about the buffalo and early humans who lived in the Garden of the Gods area, “People and History” will be one of seven new exhibits.
The titles of the other exhibits - which are still under construction - have not been announced yet, but Visitor Center Manager Linda Carter said a few of the topics are flora, fauna, geology and dinosaurs.
“The schoolchildren are going to love it,” she commented.
Free and open to the public, the Visitor Center is at 1850 N. 30th St.
The exhibit area is being created in an addition that was constructed at the northeast corner of the building's upper level over the past year. The project is part of an overall building renovation that started in early 2014.
All the exhibits are scheduled to be unveiled simultaneously at a May 16 grand opening celebrating the facility's 20-year anniversary, Carter said. The renovation is also still in progress, but the work that remains is walled off from the public and the center remains open daily.
Despite the construction work, the center hosted its 10th annual Bighorn Day Feb. 14, attracting a record crowd of 3,660 people; and is planning its also-annual Earth Day event April 18.
The Visitor Center's new exhibits are being designed and developed by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design, based in Austin, Texas. Bernhard “is a writer/producer/consultant/subject matter specialist for science and nature exhibits in museums around the world,” a press release states.
The nonprofit Garden of the Gods Foundation owns and operates the center in cooperation with the city and numerous volunteers. A percentage of its gift-shop sales are donated to the upkeep of the park.
Westside Pioneer/press release