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Raleigh, North Carolina

ALW Nature Preserve Park 

Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson delivered thousands of babies during her 53 year career in Wake County. In 2006, she gifted her 157 acre property along Falls Lake to create Raleigh’s first nature preserve.  HH Architecture transformed Annie’s former residence into an Education Center with exhibit and classroom space. The educational exhibits were designed, fabricated and installed by Design Dimension, Inc, to introduce visitors to the park and to tell the story of Dr. Wilkerson and her amazing career.

 

Nature Exhibit Components

 

A custom-built welcome table creates a centerpiece for the space. As visitors walk around the table, they experience a timeline graphic about the history of the property.  The walls surrounding the table are layered with wallpaper imagery and graphic panels. The wall coverings utilize photographs taken on the property to bring the outside in.  Some of the panels also discuss park rules, the concept of “nature play”, and LEED green features found throughout the renovated house.

 

Habitats on the Property

The original fireplace was enclosed to utlize the space for an undulating P95 wall with graphics attached. Custom-drawn habitat illustrations are complemented by 3D type, vinyl type, rail graphics, flipbooks, and a photoframe. Visitors can learn about the different landscapes and wildlife seen in the park. Once visitors begin their journey to explore outdoors, four rail graphics are placed in key locations to guide them around the park.

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