Pre-Conference Seminars Sunday November 3rd
Seminar #1: Fruits of Labor Recovery Program
Fruits of Labor is where the fruits of the earth meets the fruit of spirit. Fruits of Labor's mission is to develop a sustainable agricultural model to inspire small Appalachian farms to realize a profit in food production while retaining the environmental integrity of the land for future generations. Fruits of Labor also works with Greenbrier County Drug Court to provide culinary training, so they can experience the complete cycle of food production and a spiritual journey for others. Learn how one woman turned something as simple as growing a tomato to giving others a second chance at life. There is also a retreat center which provides a peaceful, natural environment for victors to come rest, restore, and renew. Seminar will include tour of the Rainelle Bakery and training Café, presentation and demonstration. Casual comfortable dress.
$35, includes buffet lunch.
12:00 p.m. Leave Greenbrier Hotel
12:45 p.m. Arrive at Fruits of Labor
1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
2:00 p.m. Presentation/Demonstration
3:00 p.m. Questions and Answering session
3:30 p.m. Depart for Greenbrier
4:15 p.m. Arrive at Greenbrier
Seminar #2: West Virginia Underground Coal Mine & Tamarack Tour
Tour a piece of West Virginia’s history! Tour the underground mine, visit the Coal Camp, the Museum and the Gift Shop. The hands-on exhibitions and underground coal mining tour offer wonderful opportunities for visitors to learn, explore, interact and share. Then you will visit Tamarack, known as “The Best of West Virginia.” Tamarack is a large arts and crafts facility operated as an economic development project to provide WV artisans an opportunity to sell created WV Craft Projects such as wood, glass, textiles, pottery, art, specialty food items, as well as books and recordings. Gourmet dinners are available in the food court. Food voucher provided for dinner. Please bring a jacket for the mine due to a steady 58° temperature and comfortable walking shoes.
$50, includes dinner voucher for food court
Website: https://beckley.org/general-information-coal-mine/ https://www.tamarackwv.com/
Eat on own before seminar.
12:00 p.m. Depart Greenbrier
12:55 p.m. Arrive at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
1:00 p.m. Tour Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
3:00 p.m. Depart for Tamarack
3:15 p.m. Arrive at Tamarack
3:15 p.m. Tamarack tour, shop. Dinner on your own in food court.
5:30 p.m. Depart Tamarack
6:30 p.m. Arrive at Greenbrier
Seminar #3: Greenbank Observatory and Skynet Junior Scholars
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank site was part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) until September 30, 2016 and currently serves as the Green Bank Observatory. During this Seminar-On-Wheels, participants will spend the morning exploring the telescope and control rooms where SETI research got its start. After lunch, participants will be trained on the Skynet Junior Scholars 4-H Project Book, a new national curriculum that provides youth with hands-on astronomy activities as well as investigations using research-grade, remotely located, Internet-controlled telescopes. Activities include exploring the heavens by surveying galaxies, tracking asteroids, and monitoring variable stars. Along the way, the project book also teaches youth about the nature and methods of science.
$50, includes boxed lunch
Website: https://greenbankobservatory.org/ https://skynetjuniorscholars.org/
9:00 a.m. Depart Greenbrier
10:30 a.m. Arrive at Greenbank Observatory
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Telescope Tour
12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch in Café
1:15 p.m. Skynet Juniors Training
3:30 p.m. Gift Shop/Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m. Depart Greenbank
5:30 p.m. Arrive at Greenbrier
Seminar #4: Summit Bechtel Reserve
Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, the Summit Bechtel Reserve is the permanent home of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree and serves as a training, Scouting, and adventure center for millions of youth and adults involved in the BSA program. The Summit comprises properties totaling over 14,000 acres and is also home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, the James C. Justice National Scout Camp, and the John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center. Get ready for the next century of Scouting. With incredible facilities and amazing outdoor programs, The Summit is a place that takes Scouts and Venturers to the limits of what they think they can do, and then pushes them further. Participants have three options: a canopy tour adventure, a ziplining adventure, or the Shooting Sports Experience which includes hands-on first shot fundamentals with a choice of two disciplines including shot gun, air rifle, archery and/or black powder. Participants who choose the canopy or ziplining adventure tours will also have the opportunity to climb the rock wall and enjoy the laser range. Please dress for weather and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Based on chosen option, includes boxed lunch
50 participants between all three options
Option 1: Experience Adventure Course – Canopy Tour, Cost $120
Includes the 1 hour and 15 minute canopy tour and unlimited time on the climbing wall and laser range.
Option 2: Experience Adventure Course – Zipline, Cost $100
Includes the 1 hour ziplining adventure and unlimited time on the climbing wall and laser range.
Option 3: Shooting Sports Experience, Cost $62
Participants will get to choose 2 of the 4 disciplines to experience First Shot Fundamentals and subsequent “experiential learning practice”: Shotgun, Air Rifle, Archery, Black Powder. The Shooting Sports Experience takes 3 hours.
8:30 a.m. Depart Greenbrier
10:00 a.m. Arrive at Summit Bechtel
10:15 a.m. Presentation in Fenneman Hall/Overlook
11:15 a.m. Boxed Lunch
12:00-3:00 p.m. Adventure Challenge Course or Shooting Sports Experience
3:30 p.m. Depart Summit
5:30 p.m. Arrive at Greenbrier
Post Conference Seminar Offered Friday Only
Seminar #5: Spirits of Southern West Virginia
Appalachia has always been known for its spirits, you will visit three local businesses that have brought flavor as well as economic boom to the local economy. First, minutes from the Greenbrier, tour Hawk Knob Cidery, West Virginia’s first cidery offering dry aged meads and traditional dry ciders. Next, visit Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, home to several flagship lagers and ales. While at GVBC enjoy a BBQ lunch from a local favorite. Conclude the tour at Smooth Ambler Distillery, makers of award-winning gin, vodka, rum and whiskey. Learn about the science of creating spirits matched with mountain traditions. Local businesses will share how they are boosting the economy through connections with local foods and companies. Please dress for weather and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
$45, includes catered lunch
Website: https://www.hawkknob.com/ https://www.gvbeer.com/ https://smoothambler.com/
9:00 a.m. Depart Greenbrier
9:25 a.m. Arrive at Hawk Knob Cider
9:30 a.m. Tour Hawk Knob Cider
10:40 a.m. Depart Hawk Knob
11:00 a.m. Arrive at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company
12:00 p.m. Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company catered lunch from Dutch Haus
12:45 p.m. Walk to Smooth Ambler
1:00 p.m. Smooth Ambler tour and tasting
2:30 p.m. Depart Smooth Ambler
3:00 p.m. Arrive at Greenbrier