Seven members of the Iowa State University Carnivorous Plant Club participated in Fellows Elementary's Science and Technology night here in Ames, Iowa. Around 200 kids and parents passed through the room to learn about how carnivorous plants trap and eat insects. They also had lots fun winning candy at the venus flytrap bean bag bug toss.
It's pretty easy to start up a club like this here at ISU. You just need to copy down a general format of a club constitution and have a few members ahead of time. Not sure if there's a similar system wherever you're at, but we were able to get a decent-sized group formed after only starting up last fall. Posters around campus before meetings have been our best bet for recruiting so far.
I usually just present info via powerpoints once a month to anyone interested in showing up. We also talked the greenhouse manager into giving us some space for CPs so we can give plants away to anyone who shows up to meetings.
Sundewman - Very Cool! Excellent outreach and education of the next generation.
This is just the kind of efforts we like to see and hear about!
One of the things folks have thought about is pulling together a "tool box" of materials to help start up clubs or groups. I'd be curious to see a copy of your club constitution - would you be will to share/email a copy?
Thank you very much, Mike! I think everyone can access the page below, but if not, let me know. There, you can view our mission statement (in "Description") download a copy of the constitution at the bottom of the page: sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view-details.php?id=1741#constitution Bear in mind this bare-bones constitution was created in order to meet the minimal student organization requirements