Ohiopyle State Park is a flagship park within the Pennsylvania DCNR-Bureau of State Parks system. The park is known for its high attendance of nearly 1.5 million visitors per year, diversity of natural resources, and wealth of recreational opportunities. More than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge pass through the heart of the park. The unusual geology creates numerous waterfalls including the 20-foot Ohiopyle Falls, the natural water slides in Meadow Run, and the Ferncliff Peninsula that includes a number of threatened and endangered plant species. 

Client: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Role: Designer and Fabrication Manager. Conduit between interpretive messaging and fabrication. A/V by BPI and fabrication by Blue Rhino Studio.

Primary goals: 

  1. Go Outside: Encourage exploration of the many features in this diverse park and throughout the Laurel Highlands. 
  2. Tools: Give visitors the tools to confidently, safely, and respectfully get out there. 

To accomplish these goals, we built an exhibit with dioramas, an interactive game about fighting evasive species, an adventure wall where visitors choose the gear needed to go explore the park, and a touch table gently providing stewardship messaging.