National Park Virtual Tours - 360 Degree Panoramic Interpretive Virtual Tour Programs
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Panoramic Virtual Tours and Screen Savers of National Parks and Monuments
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Christmas Tree Room
   
Christmas Tree Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park


Collaboration with NPS and Cooperating Associations

What makes our programs unique and valuable to visitors? How do we ensure the accuracy of our content and programs? How do we know what is environmentally important to include in our programs?

Collaboration with the National Park Service and Cooperating Associations!

Before we shoot a single picture in a park, we begin a process of collaboration with the NPS and Cooperating Association. We work with the rangers to identify what sites are important in the park, and we communicate with the Associations to see what is important to visitors. With this information, we make a list of sites to photograph, and plan our approach. All through the process, we work with NPS Rangers and Association staff to make sure that we have the right content in the program, and that it is accurate and correct right from the start.

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Snapshot from a 360 Degree Panorama taken in the Bell Cord Room by NPS rangers. The Rangers were trained by Four Chambers Studio on how to photograph the caves in 360 degree format.

Dry Tortugas National Park Case Study:
In March 2004, Cal Singletary, President of the Florida National Park and Monuments Association contacted Four Chambers Studio at the Association for Public Parks and Lands Conference regarding production of an interpretive program for one or more of the parks they serve. Over the next year, the project 360 Degrees of Dry Tortugas National Park was planned. In April 2005, our crew traveled to Dry Tortugas National Park to work with Rangers there to photograph the amazing sites on the keys. Working with Chief Interpretive Ranger Mike Ryan, we photographed numerous sites on the islands that visitors are not allowed to access, such as the casemate cistern, the Loggerhead Lighthouse, and the Tower Powder Magazine. Over 50 sites were photographed and in the months that followed, we continued to work with the park as the interpretive text was written and verified for accuracy. In September, 2005, the CDROM was released, and a plasma-screen display was installed at the visitor center. Today, after weathering the hurricanes of 2005, the Park is open to the public again and visitors are now touring areas of the park in person and through the virtual tour display at the visitor center.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Case Study:
The story of collaboration at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is still ongoing. The process for production of the first CDROM recently released has followed a strong model of cooperation and collaboration between Four Chambers Studio, the National Park Service, and the Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association. Now we have embarked on a new type of collaboration with the NPS and CCGMA. In October 2005, we traveled to the park to train the NPS staff on how to take 360 degree photographs. The photographs require special equipment and special training. With the added difficulty of shooting in total darkness, the cavern photographs are some of the most difficult to take. Despite the difficulty, the NPS has already successfully photographed a number of caves and the collaboration continues as we add new sites to the interpretive program. Visitors will soon be able to experience and access (via virtual tour), some parts of the Cavern that are visited only by personnel with technical caving experience.
Ranger-Led Virtual Tours
in the Parks
Interpretive Virtual Tour
Exhibits and Displays
Collaboration with NPS and Cooperating Associations
Ranger Led Virtual Tour at Montezuma Castle National Monument
Interpretive Virtual Tour Exhibit at Yavapai Observation Station from the Grand Canyon
Collaboration with NPS photographing Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Interpretive Virtual Tour Testimonialss
"Your 360 degree product has been one of the most outstanding products to come along in a very long time. Your product provides visitors to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park an opportunity to view areas of the inner canyon that most would never have the opportunity to view in person. This added perspective helps people to understand the diversity of this resource and adds value to their educational experience. As educators in support of this world-class resource, we applaud the quality of your product and would like to thank you for its development."

- Brad Wallis
Executive Director, Grand Canyon Association

 


   

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