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"Growing Your Astronomy Club" is a series of three videos that offer ideas and advice gathered from research with amateur astronomy clubs across the United States. 

The solutions outlined here have been successfully implemented at astronomy clubs to address a variety of issues related to attracting new members, retaining members, and involving members as volunteers.

If your club is experiencing any of these issues, watch the videos with your Board and club members. Then review the Tips to start transforming your club.

Do new people visit your club meeting once and never return?

Do new members join, but then don’t renew their membership? 

Have trouble getting members to volunteer for club positions?

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Welcoming Visitors

Part 1: Welcoming Visitors

Research shows that too many astronomy clubs are shrinking in membership as well as growing older and not successfully recruiting new and younger members. See how healthy, vibrant clubs attract and maintain a stream of new members.

Keep 'Em Coming Back

Part 2: Keep 'Em Coming Back

Do new members join for a year, but don’t renew? Is attendance at your club meetings declining? Discover techniques clubs have adopted for supporting new members and keeping current members interested and engaged.

Cultivating Volunteers

Part 3: Cultivating Volunteers

Can’t get members to volunteer? Can’t extract a member from a position? Are some volunteers experiencing burnout? Find out what practices clubs follow to successfully recruit and support members as volunteers.

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ASP logoSharing the Universe videos are produced by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) from research conducted by the Institute for Learning Innovation, the ASP, and from astronomy clubs like yours. www.astrosociety.org/SharingTheUniverse


NSF logoThe Sharing the Universe project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is supported by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) of the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 0638873. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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