What is the difference between scheduling an event, reporting on an event, and logging your volunteer hours?

Scheduling an Event: Posting an event means you have scheduled an event on the NSN calendar. Ideally these events are posted in advance of the actual event dates! By scheduling an event in advance you can take advantage of the tools from the NSN website to aid in member coordination and messaging, as well as simply publicizing the event to the public.

Reporting an Event:  An event report (formerly known as an event log) sums up how the event went and what happened - or even if it happened at all! It’s the broad summary. An event report is added to an event that has been previously posted to the calendar as a way to record a few essential details about event after it has happened. These event reports are very valuable and are an essential part of maintaining membership in the Night Sky Network. Event reports allow us to show NASA how your club's volunteers are bringing space science to the public! Event reports are also what qualifes member clubs to receive Outreach Toolkits, handouts (when available), and the ablity to order the annual NSN outreach award pins

Logging Volunteer Hours: Club members can log their volunteer hours, which allows individuals keep track of their own time and specifically what they did – and lets the coordinators know what they did as well. These reports are separate from the event report, and focus just on the individual's work. Logs can be added to an event, or even standalone, if the club for member finds it useful to keep track of work done outside of normal events, such as club newsletter editing or equipment maintenance.

Use of the volunteer logging feature is entirely optional, but many clubs and members find it handy as a record of their service at certain events, especially if they also want to earn the Astronomical League outreach award. Please note that while the NSN's volunteer hours logging system is helpful for recording your service for the club, you will still need to fill out the AL's official spreadsheet for their award.

Last update: January 9, 2020