Nelson Rocks was pleased to welcome the Valley Ridge Governors School. The students were working on a science based summer program that incorporated many local businesses. Before arriving at Nelson Rocks, the students spent an evening at The Green Bank Radio Telescope learning to operate the telescope and conduct research on their own. They then arrived at Nelson Rocks to try out the Via Ferrata and North Fork Valley Canopy Tour. On their tours, the students learned about the geologic history of the area, the history of the American Chestnut and invasive species that are found throughout the property. After their tours at Nelson Rocks they headed up to The Mountain Institute for some class time and then ventured back to Harrisonburg, Virginia to James Madison University to research the American Chestnut blight in a lab.
Best of Luck to the Valley Ridge Governors School on your research!