Ground breaking and Gearing Up for 2017 Season

            Summer 2017 season is fast approaching here at YBRA and we could not be more excited for what it will bring! New students, new research, new building projects, and of course, the same great rocks and views at your favorite field station. 

We were expecting a very hard and rocky excavation, but to our surprise revealed this rich orange soil. 

We were expecting a very hard and rocky excavation, but to our surprise revealed this rich orange soil. 

             The Russ Dutcher student dormitory is officially underway as we broke ground for its foundation yesterday April 24th! Nestled just above the road between Bucher and Siegfriedt, the bunkhouse will sleep up to twelve students and is projected to be finished this coming summer. The creation of this dorm will also allow re-conversion of Wadsworth back into a study hall to give us much needed study space for groups, especially during peak times when several groups are on campus.

Camp manager Greg Creasy taking advantage of snowfall to help prepare camp for summer 2017.

Camp manager Greg Creasy taking advantage of snowfall to help prepare camp for summer 2017.

            For the past 80 years YBRA has been dedicated to experiencing, learning, and leaving a legacy in Earth science education. We would not be able to keep opening our doors and make upgrades to the camp, like the Dutcher Dorm, without the consistent support and dedication of our volunteers, schools, partners, alumni, and other donors.  

Make a contribution today to support YBRA in its growing legacy.

Successful Meeting at GSA 2016

YBRA had a strong presence at the Geological Society of America's national meeting this past week in Denver, CO. New students, academics, and industry professionals learned about our 80 year old operation in the Beartooths. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth!

The Colorado Convention Center bustling with geo-scientists all week long.

The Colorado Convention Center bustling with geo-scientists all week long.

Grand Valley State University students learning about YBRA.

Grand Valley State University students learning about YBRA.

YBRA Alumni from every decade and all over the world re-connected at our booth in the exhibit hall of the Colorado Convention Center. We saw alumni from Ohio University, Princeton, Amherst, University of Houston, Penn State, Franklin and Marshall, and a big turn out from Southern Illinois University from this past season! There was hardly a time where the YBRA booth was empty! Attendees cleared out our supply of "I AM YBRA" buttons and YBRA stickers of our official logo. 

(Left) Noel Potter, YBRA 1948, with Camp Manager Greg Creasy, YBRA SIU 1986 (right).

(Left) Noel Potter, YBRA 1948, with Camp Manager Greg Creasy, YBRA SIU 1986 (right).

Stephania Zneimer, YBRA SIU 2016, engaging the audience with her research poster. 

Stephania Zneimer, YBRA SIU 2016, engaging the audience with her research poster. 

Princeton and YBRA had a joint private reception Monday night at the Hyatt Regency Center. Alumns from Princeton and YBRA got together to reminisce a sacred past time of living in log cabins in the Beartooth Mountains that crosses generations. It was beyond enjoyable and a great night to remember!

YBRA alumni from SIU 2016 field course at the Princeton/YBRA joint reception Monday night.

YBRA alumni from SIU 2016 field course at the Princeton/YBRA joint reception Monday night.

If you missed out on GSA 2016, we will be in Seattle, WA next year for GSA 2017! Also we will be attending the the AAPG meeting in Houston June 2017. See you there!

Cheers!