This has been a watershed year for the National Scenic Visitors CenterSM, thanks to the engagement and support that so many have provided.
Earthwalk ExplorerSM, our walkable, physical relief map of the Eastern USA, kicked off with three presentations in 2021, then traveled to several additional sites across Pennsylvania, bringing us to a total of nearly 20,000 map walkers. 96% of visitor reviews gave it a five-of-five (and some a ten out of five!). In our NSVC Educational Evaluation surveys, children in grades 3-6 showed a significant gain in knowledge of the content in the Native-American themed Geoshows.
NSVC’s track record with Earthwalk Explorer has proven our concept sound, public interest strong, and our vision achievable. Based on these results, our Board of Directors has set NSVC’s strategic direction: Starting in 2023, the National Scenic Visitors Center will begin the capital campaign for a permanent, large Earthwalk USASM map in Eastern Pennsylvania. At 100 ft. long, this beautiful map will be another step on the path to our original vision, the 100 yard long Earthwalk USA ‘Zenith’ map (Zenith is our working title), as seen in the IMAGINE! video available for viewing on this website.
We’re garnering the resources and personnel to forward this grand plan for the Zenith. A feasibility study is in the works, administered by members of the NSVC Board, Advisory Council, Consulting Crew, and Volunteers; all key contributors to our mission.
A watershed year indeed, with a bold plan to guide us to the next horizon!
Engineering the largest walkable relief map in the universe