Creating and Staffing a Booth
The toolkit includes posters that you can use. You can either hang them as part of your exhibit or print them on foam core so that you can hold the poster and engage participants who pass by your booth. The posters are designed so that you may ask participants questions and get them thinking and talking about endangered species.
Remember your booth etiquette!
- Stand up and greet participants.
- If seats are needed, use tall stools that create contact at standing eye level.
- Smile and make eye contact with participants.
- Speak with participants, not just your colleagues.
- Find fun ways to engage participants!
- Make sure that you're dressed appropriately & respectfully.
- Stow away anything unattractive (e.g., storage boxes, food wrappers, etc.) in another part of the space or behind a table curtain.
- Be mindful when using electronics (i.e., ensure the volume is appropriate, the wire safely covered by tape or carpeting, so that participants won't trip, etc.).
- Thank participants for spending time at your booth when they arrive and leave.
- Have fun! We are celebrating endangered species recovery and the commitment of our nation to protecting our wildlife and wild places. Thank everyone for coming to support strong endangered species protection.
- Take lots of photos! Have someone be the designated official photographer. Send them to us to post on the Endangered Species Day website.
- Talk with reporters. Make sure to identify members of the press and give them information about your event. Click here for a sample press release (MS Word .doc)
- Thank elected officials for attending the event and supporting Endangered Species Day. Makes sure they know about the strong support for endangered species protections in their city or state.
- Make Connections. The people at your event will hopefully want to continue to work to protect Endangered Species, so try to pass around a sign-up list to keep everyone connected.
- Engage new volunteers. Have something planned for a week or two after your event where you can plug new volunteers directly into your work to protect endangered species.
- Have a clean up crew set and make sure you leave the area clean and without trash.