Modeled on the dream of our 2022 National Youth Science Camp Alum of the Year, Dennis Schatz (CO 1965), we are proud to announce our yearlong local program, Monday Night Science! Email Associate Director Nathan Sams for more information. Additional dates are posted on our Calendar of Events. A huge thank you to the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for sponsoring this program, and to our partners at the Tucker County Family Support Center for helping to make these events possible!

During May we are preparing our community garden with raised beds for local families. Parents helped to assemble the beds on May 6th while other participants enjoyed a wetland tour led by Frank Gebhard. On May 20th, we look forward to planting the beds with advice from local gardener John Merrill.

Our eclipse event on April 8th was a tremendous success with over 450 attendees, followed by a spaghetti dinner and a talk on DarkSky International from folks at Blackwater State Park in the evening. On April 22nd, we celebrated Earth Day with a walk on the Heart of the Highlands trails around our campus led by biologist Frank Gebhard.

In early March we celebrated Dena L. Beckner’s book A Wild & Wonderful West Virginia Alphabet. The local parent, author, and illustrator joined us for a book signing with copies of the book provided by Tucker County Family Resource Network. We highlighted several letters in the book with STEAM activities and tables – including local elderberry jam, honey (with Mat Cloak on beehives), sugar maple syrup, quilt squares, and zucchini seeds. The local Parents as Teachers group made pepperoni rolls and Charm Farm provided local greens for a delicious salad. Two weeks later, we premiered our promotional video by Verglas Media featuring Monday Night Science families! In addition, Jerod Caligiuri of Davis & Elkins College led a planetarium show plus activities on dark skies and light pollution after a wonderful dinner prepared by Sheena Williams using her grandmother’s recipe for corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread. Beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions were all from Charm Farm in Beverly, WV.

We enjoyed activities where science and art intersect with Emilee Goodman and Frank Gebhard on February 5th, 2024!

For the month of December (4th and 18th) we enjoyed game nights with a focus on community bonding, math, strategy, and problem-solving skills in our fun learning environment. Thank you to locals Jason and Angie of The Adventure Guild Game Shop in Thomas for joining us on December 18th!

Check out our new weather station!

Thank you to Frank Gebhard of Friends of Blackwater, Jerod Caligiuri of Davis & Elkins College, Pablo Velt of the WV Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT), as well as to Beth Henry-Vance and Callie Cronin Sams of the WV Department of Environmental Protection for joining us in November for our local water/wetlands programming!

Todd Ensign and Autumn Gleydura from the NASA Katherine Johnson IV & V Education Resource Center in Fairmont joined us in October. On October 9th, they led activities with a portable dome planetarium and infrared camera. On October 23rd, they focused on rockets, drones, and robots!