Kaweah Oaks nature trail goes digital
VISALIA – Sequoia Riverlands Trust has completed a digital trail where visitors can use their smart phones for a virtual tour of Kaweah Oaks Preserve.
Visitors simply scan the “QR” codes which sit on top of recycled grape stakes along the Sycamore Trail and get stories and information about the plants and animals that live there.
“QR” stands for quick response and Sequoia Riverlands Trust has already received feedback from happy nature lovers who also love their technology.
Nursery Manager Andrew Glazier had just completed the installation of the 11 codes when a group of Kenyans visiting the preserve excitedly observed, “Oh! QR Codes!” Glazier said the group immediately got out their phones and took the digital tour.
The codes were initially used to track parts in vehicle manufacturing in Japan, but today QR
Codes are used in a variety of ways.
SRT is one of only a few lands trusts in the nation which have implemented this technology.
SRT Communication Director Kelly Ryan adds, “We wanted to reach those people who are inside using technology and get them outside to experience nature. They can enjoy an incredible setting without bothering others, which keeps the smart phone annoyance factor down.”
Kids especially are drawn to the technology and are often the ones explaining to parents and grandparents how the self-guided tour works.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located east of Visalia. Travel 7 miles east of downtown Visalia via Highway 198. Drive north on Road 182 one-half mile. The parking lot is on the west or left side of the road.