California State Parks has recently awarded a grant to CCBER for the construction of a Visitor Plaza at NCOS, along with an interpretive garden, viewpoint overlooks with benches, and a variety of interpretive signs. This grant comes just as Granite, the bridge and trail contractor, is completing their work. The visitor plaza will include information panels, shade and seating, and is designed to accommodate a wide range of users, including school groups, community members, UCSB students and researchers, and tourists. Considering this diverse audience and that the NCOS project site is still under construction, some of the signage is challenging to design due to the different interests of visitors and the likely future changes in how the restored ecosystem will function for wildlife as the plants grow. Another challenge is that, despite our familiarity with the goals and history of the project, we may not notice where there are missing links in the logic of information or in the background material. Therefore, we would like to invite you, as future users of the site, to review some of our draft interpretive signs, and to be involved in reviewing and developing signage and other interpretative features at NCOS in the coming months.
The proposed sign themes include the following:
- Plant communities
- Land Use History
- Climate change adaptation and Ecosystem benefits
- Ethnobotany - primarily Chumash use of native plants
- Site Maps and place names
- Management and Use practices – hours, dogs, on-going management activities
- Acknowledgement of funders and donors
You may have other ideas about what we should interpret or how we should display or present it, and we welcome those questions and ideas. If you would like to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get an idea of what some of the signs might look like when they're complete and set-up, have a look at this interactive map that shows the locations of 20 of CCBER's interpretive signs around the UCSB campus that you can visit, along with links to an image of each sign.
Below are images of some of the DRAFT signs with links that you can read and review. We hope you will participate in helping make sure that our message is clear, and that the kind of questions different people may have will be answered in a natural, fun and informative way.