Design and production of the inquiry station signs were performed by the Phoenix Zoo's graphics department to assure consistency with other zoo signage.
Surveying visitor time spent at each inquiry station will provide information on interpretive content and design for inquiry activities.
One of the key roles of zoos is education (Broad & Smith, 2004), so it stands to reason that providing learning opportunities in the form of inquiry stations contribute to the education of visitors.
For this study, inquiry stations consisted of printed signs inviting visitors to perform an activity (Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4).
Inquiry stations, which provide limited choice (or may be seen as guided inquiry as opposed to free choice inquiry), direct the purpose of the visitor's visit, therefore leading to deeper engagement with nature and conservation.
This study investigates whether visitor groups will spend significantly more time on a loop trail with self-led inquiry stations than on a trail without inquiry stations.
The presence of inquiry stations did not appear to have an impact on the time visitors spent on the trail.
The inquiry stations were placed temporarily (leaned along the trail fencing).