Advanced Resource Management, Lafayette, Colorado: Melding the art and science of interpretation to connect people and places.

Arm News!

  • ARM is at the forefront of green energy and sustainability interpretation, having recently produced interpretive signs for wind energy projects in Colorado and Illinois.
  • ARM is the interpretive consultant on the team designing a new city park in Henderson, NV. The multiple use park, which was once a 100-acre gravel pit, will contain trails, interpretive kiosks and signs, recreational amenities, and other features.
  • ARM produced interpretive signs for Bentís Old Fort National Historic Site, one of the most significant outposts along the historic Santa Fe Trail.


More about ARM

ARM has been providing interpretive products and services to a diversity of clients since 1997. ARM principal, Rich Smith, has worked in interpretation for more than 25 years.

The ARM Team

When a project warrants, ARM assembles a team from its network of leading professionals in a variety of disciplines:

  • Graphic artists and designers
  • Illustrators
  • Exhibit engineers, fabricators, and installers
  • Interpretive sign fabricators
  • Fabricators of kiosks, bases, and frames.
  • Landscape architects

Rich Smith

  • Certified Interpretive Trainer (NAI)
  • MA in Education
  • BS in Wildlife Biology and Secondary Education
  • Certified Environmental and Public Policy Disputes Mediator
  • Substitute Teacher certification held in Colorado.
  • Teaching Certification formerly held in Colorado and Massachusetts

Boards and Other Former Positions

  • Boulder County Nature Association Board of Directors
  • Foothills Nature Center Board of Directors
  • Foothills Nature Center Education Advisory Committee
  • Boulder Valley School District Environmental Education Steering Committee
  • Adjunct Faculty, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)
  • Program Coordinator/Instructor, Colorado Interagency Ranger Training Program (RRCC)
  • Education and Outreach Coordinator City of Boulder Open Space Department

ARM’s Awards Include

  • Best Interior Exhibits Award (Third Place) from the National Association for Interpretation: Lookout Mountain Nature Center exhibits
  • Starburst Award for excellence in the use of state lottery funds: Greenlee Wildlife Preserve observation deck
  • People’s Choice Award from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association: Greenlee Wildlife Preserve observation deck
  • Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects: Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Interpretive Master Plan
  • Creativity in Design Award from the Colorado Division of Wildlife: Queens State Wildlife Area wildlife viewing blind