The title of the post describes the 3 people in attendance at my iSWOOP program this morning. They didn’t all come at once. I had a couple, about my parents’ age, right at 9:30 when the program started. However, they were on the 10:00 King’s Palace tour, so I promised them I would keep it short. We spent about 15 minutes together talking about the bats and technology that helps us learn more about them–they had never heard of motion capture before (and had never seen any of the movies I offered as examples)–so this program went a little differently than others. It went well, but quickly, because then they had to head to their tour.
Then one of the contractors (Joe) for the elevator project came by. He’s a pretty social guy and loves to talk to the rangers. I still had the bat flight video going, hoping to catch a few more people before I packed up, and seeing it intrigued Joe. I ended up spending the next 20 minutes showing him different videos of bats and answering his questions. I actually pulled up the template program with all the different images on it so I could show him even more stuff, like the thermal imaging. He loved seeing everything! He said he wants to come to more programs over the next week to learn more about the park. I told him everyone’s program was different, so he should definitely check them all out. 😉
On a related note: Yesterday I was talking to some of the contractors working on the lighting project. Cave resources had taken them into Lower Cave and they were super psyched about it. They were asking me about getting on more adventure tours. It seems that our partners (contractors, cooperating association, concessionaires) respond really well to learning more about the resource. I know I have taken folks from the gift shop and bookstore on after hours tours and they’ve always responded really positively. Maybe iSWOOP can be another way we reach out to our partners.