Another way to tour Coldwater Spring

By Jordan Wein

In these days of smart phones and apps, a QR scanner is free and easy to download. You use it like one of those price scanners in a grocery store. Turn it on and hover your phone’s camera over the code and it automatically takes you to the associated picture, document, video, etc that is found somewhere online.

We thought a QR code would be a great way to help visitors easily access current information about Coldwater Spring restoration efforts, wildlife sightings, what’s in bloom, and where to find these things. New visitors can show up and scan the code and get a guide they can take with them and highlight the most beautiful things. At the same time, recurring visitors will be alerted to things that have popped up since their last tour.  It may also give park patrons interesting reasons to deviate from their normal routes to see Coldwater Spring from a different angle. 

The kiosk in the parking lot has a QR code that can help
you access the latest information about Coldwater Spring.
Inside the kiosk is the QR code that takes you to Biotechs Weekly,
a regular publication that points out new things at Coldwater Spring.

Whether it is your first time at Coldwater Spring or you are a frequent visitor, try using the QR code to enhance your experience. You can find the posted code in the kiosk in the parking lot at Coldwater Spring. While you are at the location referenced on the posted map, you can learn something quick about the featured plant or animal and become more familiar with your park. 

It’s simple:
1: Download the QR scanner app on your smartphone.
2:  Launch the app.
3:  Hover the camera over the QR code in the Coldwater Spring kiosk until you (typically) hear a beep.
4:  Finally, swipe through the pictures/slides and match them up with their location using the map in the document.
5:  Tell your friends!

Share what you find on your adventures at Coldwater Spring on social media, like Facebook.