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Community Development

Green Bank and the local community

The Green Bank site has tight links to the local community, the region and the State. In addition to the mentorship experiences offered to local secondary school students, the site staff has significant outreach into the community.   Staff members often teach STEM classes in the locals schools, mentor science and math students, serve as science fair mentors and judges to the county and are on county and state educational committees and boards. Site facilities are used for community meetings and by organizations such as the Boy Scouts and National Forest Service, and are a vital part of the county emergency services plan.

Below is a partial list of the various community activities in which our staff actively participate, broken into three main categories – Emergency Services [1], Schools [2], Local and community Organizations [3].

Emergency Services

Staff are members of the local emergency services crews, serving in the following capacities:

Schools


Support for the local school system comes two ways – through programs which are hosted by the observatory as well as through local staff participation in school activities and planning.  A few of the ways staff help the local schools include

Community Organizations


Observatory staff serve on a wide variety of community organizations and boards. These include: