New Permanent Exhibit Opening at Prime Desert Woodland Preserve’s Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center
The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center, located on the grounds of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, will debut a new permanent exhibition with a special celebration on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The interpretive center project, designed by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), is the first stage of a multi-phase improvement initiative which will include the development of an additional twenty acres of walking trails, as well as infrastructure and signage to the preserve.
The new exhibition explores each of the major areas the center has traditionally included such as fauna, flora, geology, native peoples, and historical figures -- while increasing audience engagement through a more interactive experience.
New to the interpretive center is a petroglyph and pictograph wall where visitors are invited to make their own pictographs in chalk. In addition, the preserve now offers an excavation station which includes replica bones, artifacts, and genuine geodes; an expanded library and reading area for children and adults; a reimagined touch table where guests can have a hands-on experience with real animal hides, horns, and antlers; and regular workshops inspired by the landscape.
The April 7 opening celebration will include special craft workshops, entertainment emphasizing the uniqueness of the preserve and new interpretive center merchandise, as well as light refreshments. Partnering with the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation, Signs and Designs, and Lancaster Community Services Foundation have generously supported this project.
The preserve encompasses an area of more than 120 acres of uninterrupted desert landscape with three miles of trails. The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center is open every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.