Rain was the word of the day today, but we didn’t let that dampen our enthusiasm. We wrapped up the STEM small group activities and had a wide array of (indoor) afternoon seminars. After dinner at the Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge, we joined a WV Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist who presented a lecture on the effort to reintroduce elk to West Virginia. Afterward we returned to the NYSCenter and pitched tents in the Conference Hall (the rain was simply too heavy to brave the outdoors).

Photo Gallery – YSI – Day 6

Friday, July 28, 2017

7:00 AM Wake Up
8:30 AM Breakfast in Your Cabin
9:00 AM Pack Cabin and Load Belongings into Buses
9:45 AM Transport to NYSCenter – Meet in Circle to Board Buses
10:00 AM STEM Activities

  • Trebuchet with Amy (Group C – Stream 7/27)
  • Python with Avanti (Group A – Trebuchet 7/27)
  • Stream Study with Gavin (Group B – Python 7/27)
12:45 PM Lunch at the NYSCenter (Back)
1:30 PM Surveys with Andy in the Computer Lab or on your phone.
2:30 PM Recreational Activities

Seminar Block I 2:30 – 3:45

  • Open Art (Finger Painting) with Molly and Amy in Conference Room 3
  • Paper Airplanes with Quinn in Conference Room 2
  • Exploding Kittens (card game) with Mason in Conference Room 1
  • Photography with Gavin in the Office Conference Rooms

Seminar Block II 4:00 – 5:15

  • Open Art (Magazine Envelope Making) with Molly and Amy in Conference Room 3
  • Game Extravaganza with Avanti in Conference Room 2
  • Portuguese with Hunter in the Computer Lab
  • Just Dance! with Chalice in Conference Room 1
5:45 PM Transport to Blackwater State Falls Lodge – Meet in Lobby
6:00 PM Dinner at Blackwater State Falls Lodge
7:00 PM STEAM Lecture – The Return of one of North America’s largest land mammals: Elk in West Virginia. Eastern Elk once roamed the mountains of West Virginia until 1875. How did they return to West Virginia? Where are they located? WVDNR biologist Randy Kelley is the lead manager of the project. Kelley will be presenting WVs Elk Management Program, from the initial possibility, through receiving Elk from Kentucky and the release into southern West Virginia mountains. Video highlights of the release is part of the program. His expertise in answering questions about necessary habitat, elk attributes, and long term plans and goals of Elk Restoration in WV is entertaining and educational.
9:00 PM Meet in Conference Room 2 to get tents
9:30 PM Snacks and Cabin Time
10:30 PM Cabin Meeting
11:00 PM Lights Out