Exhibition Explores Connection Between People and the Land

Ways of the Woods: People and the Land in the Northern Forest is the Center’s mobile forest heritage museum. The exhibition combines multi-media displays with educational kiosks, artifacts and children’s activities to help people explore the ever-changing relationships between people and land across the Northern Forest.

Ways of the Woods reached more than 130,000 people, including 6,000 school children, in 85 communities during a four-year tour of the Northern Forest. That’s the equivalent of 1 out of every 15 Northern Forest residents!

Today, the Center partners with colleges, museums and other organizations to use Ways of the Woods as an anchor for extended programming and educational activities. Host organizations work with the Center to “install” the exhibit for periods ranging from a few weeks to several months, and to manage public interaction with the exhibit based on their own organizational interests and capacity.

Ways of the Woods is on display at Morrisville State University in New York.

Bring Ways of the Woods to you

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The Center can partner with your college, museum or organization to provide Ways of the Woods as an extended installation. We bring the exhibit to you, and your organization works with us to install the exhibit and manage public interaction with the exhibit.

If you are interested in hosting Ways of the Woods for a 6- to 12-week period in the coming year, please contact Mike Wilson, Senior Program Director: 207-767-9952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exhibit Description

Ways of the Woods combines traditional exhibits on Northern Forest history which are set up outside the trailer with an interior space that has been transformed from a 53-foot truck trailer into a museum- quality exhibit. Floor-to-ceiling photographs, displays and interactive pieces engage visitors.

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    Rings of Time

    A multimedia display that projects images and film onto a giant cross-section of a white pine.

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    Videos

    Videos delve into the lives of local people, the economy and environment of the Northern Forest

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    Kiosks

    Kiosks outside the exhibit explore themes in Northern Forest history. Some are tailored for elementary school-aged children providing hands-on fun.

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    Displays

    Exhibit cases display hand-crafted forest products, non-timber forest products, and information about invasive pests.

Testimonials

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    “Thanks for helping me better appreciate a place I've lived for 40 years!“

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    “Great exhibit. I enjoyed seeing people making a living from natural resources while respecting it for its beauty.”

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    “One of a kind. Never saw anything like this before. Love the displays, the trip through time. Very well put together! Love the local stuff.”

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    “The best part of my day! Do people realize what they have and could lose?!”

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    “An incredible resource in teaching about the North Wood… A mobile museum to teach, to motivate, to inspire. Bravo.”

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    “Wonderful, wonderful! Loved the tree ring projector, interview, smells, and things made by kids. Come to my town please!”

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    “Great exhibit. Kids nowadays need to know the history of this area so they can be part of planning the future.”