Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Wilderness Graphics designed, fabricated, and installed exhibits for a visitor center at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Working with the renowned architectural firm Short Elliott Hendrickson, Wilderness Graphics prepared a conceptual plan for exhibits, programs, and bookstore fixtures, followed by the design and creation of a series of exhibits that offer a wide range of media. Video footage for a multimedia object theater focusing on the importance of the Lake Erie shoreline to migratory birds and the duck hunters’ contribution to wildlife conservation also aired on the CBS Sunday Morning program. In addition, the exhibits include a main lobby diorama with a two-story cottonwood tree and eagle’s nest replica, a custom-designed floor with a historic map of the Great Black Swamp, an exhibit on the history of the area and the establishment of the Refuge, and an exhibit on the beauty of the Refuge throughout the seasons, which included stained glass windows. Outdoor wayside exhibits, Soundposts©, entrance sign, and kiosk panels were also produced.