It’s time once again for our annual GEOFEST event and we need your help! Whether you’re a rockhound, a fossil enthusiast or you just love crystals and gems, there is something exciting for everyone to discover. This annual program features three days and three floors of rock, mineral and fossil vendors along with hands-on activities and community partner displays for visitors to enjoy. Meet GeoFest sponsor Irving Materials, Inc., to do some special make-and-takes and check out a real cement truck!
We need volunteers to assist with the following activities each day from Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18. Shifts are either all day; 9:45 – 1:00 and 1:00 – 5 pm.
Table Demonstrations and Activities (2 per shift)
A table demo is an interactive activity that allows guests to complete and activity that results in the guest finishing a challenge or creating an object. Table demos last all day and are broken into AM and PM shifts. Working a table demo requires long periods of being seated and working with a high volume of guests. This year, we will be doing:
Construction Zone: Work together to plan, play, and build structures using “construction” blocks that were inspired by Indiana’s use of limestone.
Diggin’ in the Dirt: Become paleontologist and discover hidden fossils from Indiana’s Ice Age Past.
Wristband Checker, (2 per shift)
Wristband checks check guest wristbands as the enter and area, specifically the Great Hall. This ensures only paying guests access the event. These positions are needed all day, broken into AM and PM shifts. Checking wristbands requires being cheerful but also ok with sending people back to pay if they have no wristband and having general knowledge of the event to answer questions. Chairs are available to sit or stand as needed.
Canal Entrance Greeter: Greet guests at the canal entrance doors. Inform visitors that GeoFest requires a wristband to enter and direct guests to the Ticket Counter.
Main Entrance Greeter: Greet guests at the main entrance to GeoFest and check for wristbands for GeoFest admission.
Second Floor Info Desk (1 per shift)
The second-floor info desk position is almost like a greeter, but with as much knowledge about the event as possible, as well as promotional material to give away as needed. This position is needed all day and is broken into AM and PM shifts. Working at the info desk means being extremely familiar with the event and the locations of the vendors, having general knowledge of the ISMHS, passing out membership info, directing guests as needed and sitting for long periods.
Volunteers should check in at the Volunteer Center then proceed to Level 2, outside of School 5 where Aly will hand out info sheets and direct them to their positions. Aly will do this each day at 9:45 and 1 pm, (Rebeccah or Hayley will take over as needed), so that everyone gets the necessary updates each day.
If you are able to help with GeoFest, please let me know which day(s), shifts and activity you would like. Please reply no later than Friday, February 2 so that Aly can ensure that the positions are all covered.
Thanks again for all you do for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites!