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Interpretive Master Plan Update: Consultant Scoping Trip Report

This is an update on the progress of the Interpretive Master Plan by Interpretive Solutions (IS). IS was hired by the Parkway in July 2011 to prepare this plan, required for National Heritage Area designation by the National Park Service.

The Interpretive Master Plan got off to a splendid start in August with our initial scoping trip of the Parkway – our consultants were impressed with an entire week of beautiful Wisconsin weather. They probably think it’s always like that! The consultants followed a detailed itinerary that brought them from Green Bay all the way to Prairie du Chien, meeting history and nature enthusiasts and getting to know the Parkway and its assets. Stops included wineries and theatre, Indian mounds and football games – and lots and lots of locks.

Read our full report on the scoping trip, which details their initial findings related to the Parkway’s heritage resources, including our potential challenges and recommendations for interpretation:

The consultant team returned in September for meetings with key officials and the first meeting of the Core Planning Team at the Indian Agency in Portage. The meeting addressed the upcoming assessments of fifteen sites within the Parkway that will begin soon. The intent is to identify places and programs that, with FWHP support, could make strong contributions to telling Parkway stories.

Read our report to the Core Planning Team:

The ideas and thoughts of “Parkway People” are an important contribution to the planning process. Listening sessions for stakeholders from the Lower Fox, Upper Fox, and Lower Wisconsin are in the planning stages. And early next year, a series of listening sessions along all segments of the Parkway will be open to the public. But that’s not all – check our website in the coming weeks and complete a survey about the Parkway and what you like best about it. It will be just one of a series of surveys that will help us plan the very best ways of telling Parkway stories as the Interpretive Master Plan continues.

If you are interested in assisting with development of the Interpretive Master Plan or would like to submit a story or potential interpretive site, please contact Candice at

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