Thanks to a partnership with Imperial Multimedia, Lake Anna State Park on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Guests check out the new exhibits
In spite of more than a quarter of a million visitors annually and the convenient location of the visitor center adjacent to the popular beach area, few visitors actually ventured into the old visitor center. The old exhibits were pretty much what were installed when it opened in 1983 and they were static and a little tired. In today's multi-media world you need a lot more to capture the attention of young people and adults alike.
A young visitor takes a nature quiz in the Feathered Feeders exhibit
The idea was to create technology based exhibits using resources and techniques available to reduce costs. We used some video capture from some environmental education projects we have been working on and, more importantly produced the graphics and wall panels in our own sign shop and used our own staff to fabricate the exhibit casings and install everything. With funds from the Virginia Association for Parks and the Friends of Lake Anna, we were able to create exhibits that will enhance the visitor's experience.
Beaver Tales exhibit
Nature is literally at your fingertips now, withtouch screen displays(including quizzes, so you betterpay attention), a 3D theater room (yes, in a dark room, with the 3D glasses),animals (including a giant beaver with some verystained teeth),colorful murals on the wall, huge 70" flat screen TVsshowingeducational footage andnaturescenes…I'd say it's a bit moreappealing than playing Angry Birds on your phone.
Visitors interact with at the Whose Clues exhibit
We tried to highlight all the cool stuffyou can do in a Virginia State Park and enticekids to get outdoors. There's even a life sizedvirtualhuman, campingin her tent, setup with all her gear, talking about her experience camping at Lake Anna. This is the third storyteller style exhibit in our parks that takes advantage of the age old concept of sharing stories but uses technology.
A virtual camper talks about Lake Anna State Park
There's alsoa gift shop and an information desk to helpvisitors orient themselves to the trail system and park programs. You can learn more about the park, the lake, check the weather forecast, plan your 15 mile hike, buy a souvenir, find out about migratory birds…cool park happenings like this.It's just a nice addedtouch we're sure you'll appreciate.
Panoramic view of the gift shop area in the Visitor Center
The Lake Anna State Park visitor center will be open for a special preview Feb. 23-24, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The visitor center is usually open Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
From I-95, take Exit 118 at Thornburg and travel about four miles on Rt. 606. At Snell, Rt. 606 becomes Rt. 208. Stay on Rt. 208 west for 11 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 601 Lawyers Road and drive three miles. You’ll see the state park sign on your left.
Going east on I-64, take Exit 143 at Ferncliff and stay on Rt. 208 east for six miles. Go through Louisa and continue five more miles on 208 east to Mineral. Turn left at the light onto Rt. 522 north and stay on the road for six miles to the intersection just before Dickinson Store. Take a right there onto Rt. (New Bridge Road) and travel eight miles. You’ll cross a bridge. When you get to Rt. 601 (Lawyers Road), turn left and go three miles. The park sign will be on your left.
From west on I-64, take Exit 159 at Gum Springs. Take Rt. 522 north for 11 miles until you reach the village of Cuckoo. Stay on Rt. 522 until you reach Mineral. Turn right at the light to stay on Rt. 522 north and stay on the road for six miles to the intersection just before Dickinson Store. Take a right there onto Rt. (New Bridge Road) and travel eight miles. You’ll cross a bridge. When you get to Rt. 601 (Lawyers Road), turn left and go three miles. The park sign will be on your left.
Traveling south on Rt. 522, it’s best to go past the state park sign at the Rt. 612 intersection and, instead, stay on Rt. 522 for eight miles. At that point, you’ll see Dickinson Store. Just beyond that, turn left onto Rt. 208 east. Stay on that road for eight miles. You’ll cross a bridge. When you get to Rt. 601 (Lawyers Road), turn left and go three miles. The park sign will be on your left.