Our main goal with the Geo-Adventurers is to get students active in extra-curricular activities. In the case of this club, most of those activities involve getting down and dirty with the earth, which provides a natural link to the geoscience curriculum at UWFox. But again, first goal is involvement, and anything that happens after that is icing on the cake.
We started out at the UWFox Beginning of the Year Picnic back in September. We had a table set up for the Geo-Adventurers with a sign-up sheet, advertised with a simple poster. Of course, because we hadn’t done anything with the club yet at UWFox (having been there only a matter of a couple of weeks) the poster included imagery from earlier clubs and classes we’d led:
But, let’s be honest. Many of our geoscience students, especially this semester, are in our classes not because of interest in the content, but because they needed X requirement, or because Y advisor recommended it. We needed to broaden our approach to attract an audience.
The first step was a simple VBBS slide. Simple to do, and it hits the entire campus:
Of course, nothing matches promotion like actually getting students out to do stuff. On November 5, we took a fun spelunking tour out to the caves at Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton: