EAST BAY — The Park District’s interpretive and sport techniques and actions have historically been taught reside at our customer facilities or out within the parks. The Shelter-in-Place order modified the entirety for Park District team of workers, with the surprising closure of all customer facilities and being limited to operating from domestic. Fortunately, there have been initiatives within the works that might permit them to convey their reside categories and actions to a bigger target market thru a virtual platform.
Naturalists and outside sport team of workers had been already creating content material for brief tutorial movies to hide a few of their interpretive subjects. A number of new movies referred to as Creature Features, revealed day by day on Facebook because the finish of March, spotlights herbal wonders discovered all through the parks and was once shot fully by way of Park District team of workers operating from domestic to switch their common reside techniques. A brand new Park District internet web page, Parks to People, was once introduced quickly thereafter and is now domestic to the Digital Learning program, providing virtual reality park excursions, nature and box learn about movies and downloadable actions and games.
“The digital offerings at the Park District expanded greatly during the crisis,” mentioned Anne Kassebaum, Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services. “The stay-at-home order increased the significance of virtual studying and our naturalists and outside sport team of workers have risen to the problem.
“The Park District’s on-line interface could also be some youths’ first advent to nature, however we in point of fact hope those preliminary on-line stories inspire other folks to move out and revel in nature in individual,” she added.
In addition to the Creature Features movies on Facebook, the Park District’s YouTube channel now hosts the recently-produced Digital Learning movies.
The Park District may be delving into new, state of the art technology. One thrilling instance is its collaboration with TimeLooper, a company that mixes virtual reality with interpretation for an immersive tutorial revel in, to create Virtual and Augmented Reality Park Experiences. By downloading the TimeLooper app to a wise phone or tablet, other folks can now discover Regional Parks thru virtual reality. In addition, the Park District and Timelooper have introduced a brand new East Bay Parks: Virtual Tour app, which permits other folks to engage with an augmented reality model of the East Bay.
“People can hop across a 3-d map showing proper in entrance of them to just about consult with one of the most Regional Parks,” commented Supervising Naturalist Kevin Damstra, who worked closely on the project. “It’s yet another means the Park District has used virtual media to introduce nature and train the neighborhood all over the stay-at-home orders.”
To additional make bigger its tutorial techniques all through COVID-19, the Park District has labored to supply virtual interpretive media for colleges and households and is now a part of a partnership with Alameda County to broaden some curriculum-based virtual content material.
Digital studying and virtual reality technology have introduced a brand new degree of interpretive training to guests on domestic computers or in study rooms. When the stay-at-home orders are lifted and techniques start once more within the parks, the Digital Learning program will proceed on as a significant part of the Park District’s interpretation and sport services and products.
— Press liberate from East Bay Regional Park District