The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau teamed up with Split Rock Studios, a full-service interpretive exhibit firm from St. Paul, MN, on the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point project.

Split Rock Studios is a 40,000 sq. ft. modern design and fabrication facility with exhibit designers, developers, artists and skilled craftspeople who elevate exhibits from the expected to the exceptional. This multidisciplinary team works from coast to coast to design, develop and build interpretive displays for museums, nature centers, visitor centers, zoos, aquariums, and national and state parks.

“We were inspired by the area’s hospitality and consider the project a blessing in so many ways. The Creole Nature Trail  has so much to offer and these exhibits will serve as an excellent starting point for those looking to explore the area’s recreation, scenery, and cuisine,” said Craig Sommerville, Chief Operating Officer.


Through the years, Split Rock Studios has received over 20 national awards for excellence exhibitions from organizations like the American Alliance of Museums, National Association for Interpretation, and the Association for Zoos and Aquariums.

“Working with Split Rock Studios was an energetic process. The creative team at Split Rock worked with the building committee comprised of members of our board of directors and CVB staff to deliver an immersive experience to engage the senses as well as the imagination. There is an interactive component to each display, and visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the attraction while simultaneously gaining knowledge,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the bureau.

Split Rock Studios was selected to design and fabricate the exhibit displays for the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point project through a nationwide request for proposal process. The Adventure Point aims to inspire visitors to explore not only the 200-mile trail but the entire region.

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News Release
For Immediate Release
Angie Manning
Communications Director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana
Convention & Visitors Bureau