Qualifications

With an MFA in Visual Art, a science-based teaching credential, and over 30 years experience as a field interpreter in natural sciences, owner Erica Fielder brings a wealth of knowledge to planning and designing your interpretive displays and trailside panels. These displays skillfully convey facts and anchor them in a reader’s mind through engaging original artwork and reference to memory, sensory and metaphor. With our panels, your visitors are more likely to enrich their experience, fall in love with your site, and care about it over time. Erica Fielder Studio has been making displays since 1983 and is a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business.

Printable Résumé

Owner:

  • Erica Fielder Studio: Interpretive Displays Start to Finish. Fort Bragg, CA (1983 to Present)

Education:

  • MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT
  • Additional course work in biology, botany, dendrology, geology and ornithology,
  • U.C. Berkeley and College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA
  • Graphic Design Studies, College of the Redwoods, CA
  • Lifetime Elementary Teaching Credential (science & environment), California State University, Hayward, CA
  • BA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Awards:

  • Award of Excellence for Regional Park Design (2015)
  • Mayor's Well Done Award (2015)
  • Sustainable Small Business Award for Success in Mendocino County (2008)
  • Threshold Foundation Award for Visionary Creativity (2002)
  • Mendocino Coast Local Environmentalist Award (1999)

Selected Client List and Projects:

  • Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, Napa Valley Vine Trail, 18 interpretive panels. (2016)
  • City of Fort Bragg Noyo Headlands Park, 20 interpretive panels. (2016)
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park, illustrations. (2016)
  • Lake Solano Park Visitor Center, interactive displays. (2015)
  • American Canyon Regional Open Space District, interpretive benches. (2012)
  • Government of Pago Pago, American Samoa, panels. (2012)
  • Bay Model, Army Corps of Engineers, Sausalito, panels. (2007)

Writing:

  • Interpretive Nature Guides, California Department of Parks and Recreation. (1996-2000)
  • City Safaris: A Sierra Club Explorer’s Guide to Urban Adventures for Grown ups and Kids,
  • Sierra Club Books. 1987)
  • Ecology for City Kids, Published and distributed through a grant from the San Francisco
    Foundation. (1976)

Memberships:

  • Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Count Team Leader
  • National Association for Interpretation, Exhibitor and Presenter
  • Graphic Artists Guild
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Display Designer
  • Coast Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), Citizen Scientist Participant

 
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