Main Street News

Main Street News

May, 2018
exhibit design, main street design

In a public city park in Richmond, Virginia, on the grounds of a great American estate, the Maymont Nature Center’s exhibits and educational programs introduce area residents to the wonders of the natural world in their own backyard. Aquarium tanks, a river otter habitat, and diverse science...

April, 2018

For a nearly 100 year old organization devoted to hiking and enabling public access to outdoor experiences, Main Street is working on two parallel initiatives.

At Bear Mountain State Park we are developing the second phase of Trails for People, a unique play-based exploration of trail...

February, 2018

Main Street Design, in partnership with Hands On! Studio, has been selected to create a groundbreaking new permanent experience at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. THINK, an acronym for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network and Know, will be a guided interactive maker space where people of all...

December, 2017

Main Street Design has been selected to provide interpretive planning, exhibit design, and environmental graphics design for the Houston Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands exhibits, working in collaboration with Studio Hanson|Roberts, a leading zoo exhibit design firm. The exhibits will feature American...

July, 2017

Main Street Design is pleased to announce that we have been selected to undertake a comprehensive redesign of the Jekyll Island Museum, in partnership with The Weber Group, a leading design-build firm focused on the entertainment and hospitality industries. The new Museum will tell the deeply...

June, 2017

We are pleased to announce the completion of Wildlife on the Edge at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York, a comprehensive re-interpretation of the Zoo’s existing Rocky Coasts zone that gives exhibits a fresh new look while updating content and messages to reflect current conservation...

April, 2017

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the completion of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center's new Savanna Field Station – the first in a series of satellite interpretive destinations to be located at intervals along the Arboretum's trails. These simple shade structures, built in part...

February, 2017

Main Street Design has been selected by the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology to develop and design new interpretive exhibits and experiences for the Lab’s Visitor Center at Sapsucker Woods, just off the Cornell University campus. Recognized worldwide as a leading ornithological research...

February, 2017

Main Street Design is delighted to have been selected by the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools and Quinn Evans Architects to provide interpretation for the Stratford Middle School, in conjunction with a major renovation and expansion of the school being designed by QEA. In February of 1959...

January, 2017

Main Street Design Provides Interpretive Planning & Design for Florida: Mission Everglades at Zoo Miami. Read article by Joe Kleiman

December, 2016

South Florida zone tells story of the Everglades at Zoo Miami. Read Article by Alice Davis

December, 2016

New Everglades Exhibit at Zoo Miami article by Jenny Staletovich.    See video here with Communications Director, Ron Magill.



December, 2016

Carol Kruse: Director prepares for Zoo Miami’s Everglades exhibit read MIAMI TODAY article by Susan Danseyar.  Click here for a preview of our work on this project.



November, 2016

Visiting Nature's Neighborhoods See Video here

Creature Feature


October, 2016

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the opening of Nature’s Neighborhoods, the George Robert White Fund Children's Zoo at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The first major new attraction in over a decade at this community-focused zoo in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, Nature’s...

October, 2016

Read SOFT LANDING by Jane Roy Brown

Main Street Design completed the Interpretive Signage for the 1st Lt. Arthur E. Farnham Jr. and SSgt. Thomas M. Connolly Jr. Memorial Park in Canton, Massachusetts. 

October, 2016

Zoo Miami’s latest blockbuster attraction sticks close to home, exploring the unique ecosystem and extraordinary diversity of the legendary “river of grass.” Florida: Mission Everglades, which debuts on December 8th in conjunction with the opening of the Zoo’s dynamic new main entrance, takes...

September, 2016

wbur The ARTery
The New Children's Zoo Invites Kids to Play Like The Animals
by Arts Reporter Greg Cook
September 16, 2016

September, 2016

Playing all the Way
Franklin Park Zoo Opens Its New Children's Zoo
September 9, 2016

May, 2016

We are delighted to announce the opening of Trails for People at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County, New York. This unique interpretive adventure play experience celebrates the pleasures of hiking and the art and craft of trail design and construction. Located directly on the...

August, 2015

Main Street is pleased to announce the completion and installation of its interpretive graphics package for Massachusetts’ newest state park, Farnham & Connolly Memorial Park, in Canton, Massachusetts.

May, 2015

Main Street Design, with Studio Hanson|Roberts and Science North, has been selected to design the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new Kids’ Discovery Zone, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

March, 2015

Continuing a longstanding partnership with the John Hancock division of the Canadian financial services corporation Manulife, Main Street Design has begun work on three new branding and environmental graphics projects for the company’s offices in Boston's Back Bay and Seaport District.

March, 2015

Main Street Design and Zoo Advisors have been selected to provide interpretive master planning for Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, working in collaboration with the NewKnowledge Organization to develop innovative and effective strategies for integrating conservation action and environmental stewardship...

January, 2015

Main Street’s President, Michael Mercadante, has been elected Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).