Other Activities During Blandy's REU Program

Blandy is less than 5 miles from the Shenandoah River, the largest river in the Shenandoah Valley. Students have the opportunity to go on an all day canoe trip during one of the first weekends of the program.

Alisha Kissel (Ohio Wesleyan Univ.) Diana Guzman (Univ.
Puerto Rico-Bayamon) and Kelly Spratte-Lennington
(Transylvania Univ.) float downstream [Left]. Jessica Byrd
(Howard University) flies off a rope swing. Talitha Price
(NC State) and Lila Warren (UVa) (right) share a canoe.

The Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains are right next door. Blandy is less than 10 miles from the Appalachian Trail, the 2000 mile walking trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. Students take a group hike during orientation week.   
Andy Miller (Ursinus College) and course coordinator
Patrick Crumrine (Rowan University) sit atop Old Rag (left).
Students enjoy an overlook along the Appalachian Trail( Right).

Several outdoor concerts take place at Blandy's Margaret Byrd Stimpson Amphitheater every summer. Students help set up the concerts and are encouraged to perform during open mic night, the last concert of the summer.   
Missy Rynerson (U. Minn. Morris) performs classical guitar [Left]
and Iman Sylvain (Howard Univ.) reads a poem at Open Mic Night. [Right].

The summer also includes visits to other fields stations, such as the Smithsonian's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and the University of Virginia's Mountain Lake Biological Station. With metropolitan Washington DC 70 miles away, students often explore the life of the city.  
Students bond with a terrapin on a field trip to the
Smithsonian's Center for Environmental Research and
Conservation [Left] and go contra dancing at Glen Echo Park.