2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series at Grove Stone
Posted on April 22nd, 2016
Grove Stone, our quarry outside of Asheville, NC is one of the five race courses hosting the 2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series. Kicking off in May, the most elite athletes will compete in one race a month at select Spartan Race courses across the county. Race 4 is “Southeast Showdown,” at Grove Stone on August 6th. The races will all be filmed (and then broadcast at a later date) on NBC Sports Television. Whether you are a competitor yourself or an enthusiastic spectator, take this great opportunity to be apart of it all with some of the best athletes out there.
For more on race dates, locations, and NBC air times, check out Spartan U.S. Championship Series official website
Grove Stone Quarry Tour Tomorrow!
Posted on April 14th, 2016
In collaboration with the Colburn Earth Science Museum and their NC Science Festival, Grove Stone is hosting a tour of the quarry tomorrow, April 15th, from 2-4:30pm. Come learn about the origins of granite, sand, and gravel for building and transportation infrastructure. Our Hedrick Industries’ staff will guide the tour around the pits, rock piles and equipment. The tour will also include a visit to the on-site stream, a high quality tributary to the Swannanoa River, where you can find and learn to identify aquatic macro-invertebrates. Please remember to bring comfortable walking shoes.
This event is perfect for all ages. Just call the Colburn at (828)254-7162 ahead of time to reserve your spot. Meet at Grove Stone, at 828 Old US Hwy 70W in Swannanoa for an afternoon of exploring! The cost is $10.
Check out the COLBURN EARTH SCIENCE MUSEUM WEBSITE for more information on this event and more announcements!
Students@Work Week 2016 Comes to Grove Stone
Posted on March 30th, 2016
Grove Stone was a participating business in this year’s Students@Work Week. More than 950 Asheville City and Buncombe County middle schools, and Nesbitt Discovery Academy students visited local businesses and community leaders during the week of March 14th to learn more about career paths in North Carolina. Grove Stone hosted 25 middle schoolers with hands-on centers that exposed the students to quality control, equipment maintenance, plant maintenance, and the geology of our aggregate material. Thanks to the initiative of Buncombe County Schools and United Way, students connected classroom concepts to real world applications, sparking imagination along the way!
Buncombe County Schools are also planning their third-annual Celebrate STEM, NC Science Festival event on Saturday, April 23 from 9a-3p at the Nesbitt Discovery Academy. This event invites families from grades k-8 to come view the GeoDome, in addition to 30 other activities throughout the day. Last year, 600 people visited this event and experienced activities such as engineering design challenges, science explorations, math activities and more.
Colburn Earth Science Museum Expansion Project Underway!
Posted on December 11th, 2015
The Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville, NC provides science education and museum services to Buncombe County and visitors from near and far. Last year, they saw 34,028 people through the museum and provided 27,491 hours of science education to almost 10,000 school students. One of their exhibits in the Grove Stone Earth Center – named after Hedrick Industries’ mine quarry in Swannanoa, Grove Stone – features North Carolina’s geology. Our partnership goes beyond the walls of the museum to quarry field trips that we host for the Colburn’s educational camps. Needless to say, Hedrick Industries is excited about the new opportunity for science education to grow in our community!
The Colburn has been situated in the bottom level of Pack Place, but is now planning to expand and become the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) by spring of 2016. The new name is intended to encompass a broader scope of the museum’s offerings, with attention to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Their goal is to grow as a science museum in order to offer the best experience to our region’s schools, families, educators, businesses, and tourists. Their new location will be in the heart of downtown Asheville, where they will have twice as much space for exhibits and classrooms to increase public engagement and attendance. To make the move in a sustainable manner they need $1,200,000 for proper renovations, funded from corporate sponsors, museum members, grants and donations.
62% of current NC jobs require STEM skills that only 21% of graduating students possess. As an aggregate industry, Hedrick Industries would not excel without the development this arena. We are excited about the prospect that AMOS will expose children early on to science education, so businesses like our own can thrive in the future.
For more about their campaign or to donate to the project, visit their website HERE