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Blandford Environmental Education Program celebrates 40 years

6:07 AM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Blandford Environmental Education Program is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a two-day event, August 9-10.

Highlighted speakers include BEEP alum James Ashley, Ph D. Ashley has earned three degrees in planetary sciences, and is currently a research fellow at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. There, Ashley is working on two missions for NASA: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers.  He tributes a large part of his success to his sixth-grade year spent with BEEP.

"I've always considered my sixth-grade experience at Blandford to be the single most influential part of my training as a scientist and, perhaps, even as a human being," said Ashley, who attended in 1974-75.

Ashley's Saturday night presentation is just one of the highlights of the reunion. In addition to gathering with former classmates and checking out the brand new school building, BEEPs and their families can recreate their sixth-grade experiences with archery and trail hikes.

Food and beverages available for purchase from food trucks on site from 2-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Vendors are What the Truck, Organic Gypsy, Spoonlickers and Bumblebee Ice Cream

Tickets are required to attend the events.

Click here for a full schedule.

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