Waco Gem and Mineral Club, Waco, Tx

7.3 Bulletin Board or Poster Board Displays


7.3: Bulletin Board or Poster Board Displays

Bulletin boards are found in many locations: in your local schools, in public libraries, in homes for senior citizens, in local and county government centers, etc. Explore options within your community and make arrangements for providing educational displays on rocks, fossils, minerals, or the lapidary arts (or on all these aspects of the rockhounding hobby). You might assign this to individual kids within your club, or you might make this a group activity involving everyone.

With a bulletin board display, your audience is usually passing by and isn‘t likely to stand still and read a great deal of text. You need to grab attention quickly and to get your message across efficiently. As with billboards along a highway, vivid and memorable pictures should do most of the talking and supporting text should be kept to a minimum, mostly in the form of headlines and brief captions.

For instance, a bulletin board about rockhounding in general might ask the question, in large, colorful print: WANT A NEAT HOBBY? At the bottom, in equally large print, you might write TRY ROCKHOUNDING! These two large banner headlines very quickly broadcast the main message of the bulletin board. Then the middle of the bulletin board can be filled with large photographs, drawings, and other visual images about various aspects of the hobby. Each might be provided with a small caption where you can go into a bit more information. But remember, unlike an article in a newspaper or newsletter, folks will be reading this while standing up and usually while on their way elsewhere, so each caption should be as brief and to-the-point as possible and in print that‘s large and easily read at a distance.

Junior leader Sandra Corry of the Tennessee Valley Rock & Mineral Club worked with her juniors to present a Geology Science Fair to their club. They created tri-fold poster boards on different topics and, at the end of the day, they had a nice supply of traveling posters they could take to other public education events around town. The Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society (California) has a similar supply of tri-fold poster boards (one on fossils, one on dinosaurs, one on mineral identification, one on earth processes, etc.) that are set up on tables around the kids‘ booth at their annual show and that are taken to schools for educational talks and programs. Tri-fold poster boards provide a great way for kids to make more-or-less permanent educational displays about our hobby that can be conveniently stored, then transported and set up in all sorts of venues.

Note: Kids can use this activity to satisfy requirements toward earning the Showmanship badge simultaneously (Activity 6.4).