The following is from my feedback form, but I figured I would share with everyone. I did the 4 pm program on Sunday, which was the busiest day of the weekend, of course, and I decided to do it out in the exhibits! That meant there was a lot of coming and going among visitors, but I had a few families that stayed for just about all of it. I estimated about 30 people saw at least most of the program, and many more probably saw at least one or two slides. Anyways, here were my comments:
Sara observed this program. Since she had observed one of my programs on an earlier site visit, we decided to change it up and do a program in the exhibit hall rather than in the privacy of the theater. Because it was a busy holiday weekend, I knew I could attract a lot of people if I stood among the exhibits. It was after the natural entrance trail closed, so there wouldn’t be people running through the program either, trying to get to the cave on time. This was definitely a fluid audience, but I estimated about 30 people saw all or most of the program. There were definitely lots of people stopping by just for one or two slides, as well. That’s why I asked the feedback questions multiple times. The audience was mostly composed of families with multiple generations. I had little kids sitting on the floor right in front (and they were engaged the whole time, and stayed afterwards to ask me more questions about the scientists who study bats!) and I had parents and grandparents as well, answering my questions and offering up their own questions and observations. It was definitely a very different feel than being in the theater, but I liked it a lot. And now that we are going back to our winter hours, I am definitely going to continue doing it out among the exhibits, because it seems like I attract more people that way.