Exhibit Specifications

Proposed Site Map

What will attract visitors?
The front end of the exhibit (the web interface) has interactive "wow" factors. This includes panoramas of today's landscape (that users can manipulate) and these landscapes merge into past landscape art reconstructions of the same areas. Participants will be able to experience a virtual tour with interactivity that allows them to "pick up" objects and enter virtual worlds not found elsewhere. There are many images of fossils including bones, footprints, and teeth as well as stories about paleontologists and park rangers who have made astounding discoveries in the park. The web site will be promoted to teachers, educators, and to the public through the park.
What will engage them in the exhibit or display?
This exhibit presents a mystery and then helps visitors solve it. The mystery? What animal made these tracks, had these teeth, had feet like these, etc.? Interactive questions stimulate curiosity about the objects of the exhibit.
What will enliven prior knowledge or experiences relevant to the exhibit or display?
Visitors will be encouraged to investigate the past by comparing clues to past life to what they know about the present. The web page will show current landscapes and allow visitors to compare them to past sites. It will connect current animals to past animals of similar structure to make conclusions about their behavioróeating, walking, running, etc.
How will we present new information?
New information will be presented through images and text, and through visual objects that visitors can manipulate online.
Will visitors have an opportunity to apply their new feelings or understanding? To write, to draw, etc.?
Visitors can write to park rangers and paleontologists to clarify questions. A weblog or bulletin board will also let them record impressions to the park as well as responses to the site.
What will prompt visitors to think or feel and/or discuss?

The great difference between today's Anza-Borrego and that of the past will create discussion and wonder among visitors. In addition, it will cause them to think and discuss, how could this have been? What conditions created the world we see in this window to the past?
What physical interaction might stimulate thought and/or discussion?
Visitors can manipulate objects, answer questions and pull up information from several information sources on the site. In addition, answering questions and solving the mystery of what animal could have made these footprints, have a tooth like this, a jaw, etc. will stimulate thinking.
How will we facilitate further exploration?
We will connect them to the exhibits and resources at the park, as well as let them know of upcoming field trips and events. In addition we will encourage classes to request video conferences with park rangers and paleontologists.


Key Ideas We Want Visitors
to Walk Away With


The Anza Borrego Desert has a record of life that goes back over 45 million years and has the greatest collection of Pleistocene mammal of anywhere in North America.


The fossils found in the area give us clues to the kind and type of life that existed in the past.

Curiosity and Wonder
We can study ancient life in the area by having a sense of curiosity and wonder. We can use that sense of investigation to look through a window into the past to gain an appreciation and understanding of the range and variety of plants and animals that lived so close to us millions of years ago.