Marvin and Lee Cook founded a unique company that provided comprehensive products and services centered on interpretation of natural history and environmental topics. In the 37 years of building the company, they assembled a capable team of designers, artists, planners, media specialists, writers, and exhibit builders. They were nationally recognized for their contributions to the National Wildlife Refuge System. They sold the company in 2012, which continues under new management. Following their semi-retirement, they established Caribbean Heritage Concepts as a part-time consultancy to share their expertise and passion for conservation of nature and history with past and new clients in the Caribbean.

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Having broad experience in design and implementation of visitor center and museum exhibits, natural history dioramas, nature trails, historic site interpretation, audiovisual multi-media and immersive experiences, and concept planning to accommodate and support nature and heritage public use programs, Marvin and Lee Cook are available for projects where they can make a contribution to sustain natural and cultural resources.

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sm logoThe Cooks administer the Everglades Trail Association,  Inc., a not-for-profit organization and enjoy cruising in their sailboat. Marvin paints fine art landscapes on exhibit at Marvin Cook Studio and Gallery.



Talented professionals are available to assist in CHC projects. Associates bring proven experience and design expertise, with projects spanning the United States and Caribbean, to support the services offered by Caribbean Heritage Concepts.

Yelena McLane, Ph.D. 

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Yelena McLane holds a Doctorate degree in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, and a Specialist (Masters) degree in Russian Philology from the Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the design of educational environments and how it influences learning. Yelena worked with us at Wilderness Graphics, Inc. for 11 years as a designer of visitor center and museum exhibits and assisting with conceptual plans. She was the lead designer for many projects, including the Cayman Islands National Museum, Turks and Caicos National Environmental Centre, Texas Chenier National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

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Lena and Lee on site measuring the historic Cayman Islands National Museum building. 

Designs program included natural history and culural history galleries and a multi-media object theater. 

IN ADDITION TO ASSOCIATES, a number of qualified and experienced professionals and vendors, that are well suited to provide specialized expertise, products, or services, are available to consult on projects. 

For maintenance and troubleshooting, we can refer past clients to dependable exhibit shop artisans that have specific knowledge of the operation and constuction of your exhibits. 

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