Winner: NAI Best Interpretive Media, Interior Exhibit, 3rd Place
Named for botanist Otto Jennings, this visitor center celebrates and interprets the relict prairie–a patch of sunflowers and blazing star that give us a glimpse into Pennsylvania’s climate history. The exhibition starts in the lobby and winds around the exterior of visitor center’s education space.
The displays focus on the park’s use as a “living laboratory,” a place where students, volunteers, and scientists study the soil and habitat. Immersive and hands-on exhibits give visitors the chance to hone their observation and analysis skills. Colorful graphic panels make full use of beautiful watercolor illustrations from Otto Jennings’ 1953 book Wild Flowers of Western Pennsylvania.
Designer and fabricator: Split Rock Studios
Owner: Pennsylvania State Parks