West Virginia Students Contact International Space Station LIVE

How would you feel if you could talk to an astronaut, orbiting over 200-miles above you in space?

Friday, May 7th at 8:00 AM EDT, students in rural West Virginia will experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Green Bank Elementary-Middle School (GBEMS) will be contacting astronaut Mark Vande Hei on the International Space Station (ISS).

Green Bank Elementary Middle School sits in the shadow of the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. Photo credits NSF/GBO/Jill Malusky.
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Staff volunteer in county wide road clean-up

The Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau Make It Shine road clean-up campaign is underway with a goal of 125+ miles to be covered.  Motorists in the area should be cautious of people picking up trash next to the roadways and please slow down. This county wide effort will take place over the next two weeks of late April in to May.

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Green Bank Sustainable Living Guide

Green Bank Observatory Sustainability Committee

The Green Bank Observatory employees established a sustainability committee in late 2020 to develop new initiatives for local residents to improve their environment and their lives.

2021 Tree Planting on Green Bank Observatory campus

2021 Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau Road Clean-up in Green Bank

Local Food

Green Bank Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 3-6pm Senior Center parking lot

Pocahontas County Farmer’s Market

Trent’s General Store sell locally sourced products in season, and everything else you need

Frostmore Farms produce and sell maple syrup

Grow Appalachia (High Rocks West Virginia site) garden planning resources

Allegheny Mountain Institute free virtual workshops, in person workshops and events for a fee, farmer’s market and CSAs

Highland County (Virginia) Farmers Market

Horse manure for gardening and composting $10/load, Ashley Sheets apperformancehorses@gmail.com

Eggs can be purchased locally from several individuals, including Elaine Sheets ejzksheets@gmail.com

Recycling

Recycling can be dropped off at the Green Box waste collection area in Green Bank which accepts cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, and plastics #1 and #2 from Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 4pm

The Pocahontas County Landfill accepts white goods, electronics, and tires and is open Monday – Friday 8am-4pm

Elkins Metal Recycling

Accepts aluminum, iron-based metals, white paper, magazines, cardboard, and plastics #1 and #2

1404 15th Street, Elkins 26241

Randolph County Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center

24/7 Self Service, see photos below for items accepted
10 Eleventh Street, Elkins, WV 26241

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RECYCLING AREA IN BLUE BUILDING

RECYCLING AREA IN BLUE BUILDING

Elkins Glass Recycling

Brown, Green and Clear Glass is recyclable at 31 Jones Drive, Elkins, WV from Monday – Friday 6 AM – 2 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM, Closed Sunday. Note: Jones Drive is a gravel road, un-named on Google Maps, that branches off of Haddix just after the intersection of Haddix and Andrews St. Sort your glass into the 3 dumpsters.

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

GLASS RECYCLING ENTRANCE, ARROWS AT BINS

GLASS RECYCLING ENTRANCE, ARROWS AT BINS

Elkin’s Walmart and Kroger

Accept plastic bags for recycling in bins located just inside the front entrances. Click here to see a complete list of what is ok to include.

Earth Day

Wild and Wonderful Earth Day state level celebration and schedule for 2021

The West Virginia SPOT program (Science Public Outreach Team) has several presentations that focus on Earth science. Learn more and see upcoming dates here.

GBT@20 Data Image Contest Winners Announced

We are very excited to announce the winners to our GBT@20 contest, using actual GBT data to create images!

First Place: Annika Kreikenbohm, a still from a 3D mapping/animation of the maser disk in galaxy NGC 1194, culminating from 7 years of data.

Second Place: Kat Barger, a still from a3D mapping/animation of Complex A, a high velocity gas cloud, and its Hydrogen gas distribution that rotates through position and velocity maps.

Third Place: Preet Agnihotri, with GBT data adapted into a composite image and sonification.

Honorable Mention: Preet Agnihotri, with more GBT data adapted into a composite image and sonification.

Honorable Mention: A composite image created by Emily Moravec.

Honorable Mention: Jeremy Thorley, who produced a 3D printed lamp using GBT data and Observatory logo.