Design and production of the inquiry station signs were performed by the Phoenix Zoo's graphics department to assure consistency with other zoo signage.
Additional studies are necessary to determine if there is a true relationship between number of visitors using the trail and time spent on the trail; results may alter viewpoints on trail design to include rotating or permanent inquiry stations. Surveying visitor time spent at each inquiry station will provide information on interpretive content and design for inquiry activities.
For this study, inquiry stations consisted of printed signs inviting visitors to perform an activity (Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4).
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).