“Measure Your Wingspan” Part 5

It’s the fifth and final installment of the “Measure Your Wingspan” saga. The past few days has been dedicated solely to its installment, and today it was finally put into the ground!

Thursday (6/24/21)

On Thursday, we travelled back to the J&M sign shop, this time with the wingspan board (we were very careful to transport it safely!). There, Mr. Jordan and his family helped to create a backing for the panel and then attach each of the minis, letters, and the Wingspan board itself onto it. We left it at his office to dry, with the plan of picking it up tomorrow and assemble it at Pure Hope Ranch.

I am helping Mr. Jordan mark a curve on top of the Wingspan Board’s backing.
We glued the wooden pieces onto the backing, which Mr. Jordan had cut into a design.

Friday (6/25/21)

In the morning, we drove back to J&M signs to load the finished product into the pickup truck to bring it home.

After a night to let the glue dry, the panel is ready to be brought to Pure Hope Ranch!

Although the original plan for Friday was to both assemble it, and install it onto the trails, we ended up deciding to put it into the ground on Saturday morning before we hit the road on our trip back to North Carolina. However, a lot of progress was still made today. To prevent the panel from getting wobbly, we created a wooden frame, then attached the posts and the panel onto it.

My team and I worked on building a frame for the panel to ensure that it would be sturdy.

Saturday (6/26/21)

We woke up early this morning so that we could install the Wingspan board before we began driving home. Along with my mom and grandparents, Mr. Cooper and Mr. Troy also came to help with this final project. After we carried it over to it’s location, they dug the holes, and we finally got it installed! In the end, it was even better than I had hoped. Needless to say, this was a huge success!

My wingspan is almost as long as a Great Blue Heron.
We all worked hard to complete this panel, and it was totally worth it!

Now, we are on the road, headed back home. This trip was a lot of hard work, but it was also productive, and, most importantly, fun.


  1. So exciting to see this, Holly! Have you considered reproducing it? There are so many possible uses! It has potential to help children understand their own growth and think of themselves in relation to the natural community.

    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of work to build this, but I plan on creating many more activities similar to this in the future to be put on the trails, such as a game of cornhole or a photo cutout board.

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