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NextGen Science on the Summit

Professional Development for K-12 Educators

July 27-28, 2017


A 2-day professional development program for K-12 teachers to receive instruction and training in meteorology from the staff at the Mount Washington Observatory. Teachers will learn the basics of Meteorology, History of the Mount Washington Observatory, Weather & Climate on Mt. Washington and how to perform weather observations. The goals of the program are:

      • To connect teachers with meteorologists on Mount Washington through classroom instruction and experiential learning on the mountain.
      • To inspire teaches to apply Next Generation Science Standards for Weather & Climate to real-world applications. i.e. MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
Along with the classroom-based learning, teachers will go on a trip to the summit and conduct weather observations as they ascend the Auto Road. This will reinforce and build upon the lessons learned in the classroom. At the end of the program teachers will walk away with standards-linked weather and climate lesson plans along with being able to accrue professional development hours.
Note: Lodging is not included with the program but lunch will be provided both days.


Day 1 Objectives

  • Welcome, introductions and discussion about the program
  • Basic meteorology
  • Mount Washington Observatory history
  • Introduction to weather observations
  • Weather observations in the field
  • Prepare for trip to summit

Day 2 Objectives

  • Apply knowledge gained on day 1
  • Perform weather observations along Mount Washington Auto Road
  • Summit weather station tour
  • Perform weather observations with summit observers
  • Craft lesson plan outlines meeting NextGen science standards
  • Program reflections

Registration & Cost

  • Members: $329
  • Non-Members: $350

Program rates do not include an additional administrative processing fee charged by our online booking service. This service reduces administrative time and helps Observatory educators, educate!


If you have any questions regarding the program please contact us!

Brian Fitzgerald, Education Director
(603) 356-2137, ext. 225


Arctic Wednesdays Teacher Professional Development

Winter Day Trips For Teachers K-12

Winter 2017-2018 Dates Coming Soon!

Enrich your understanding of arctic conditions with a visit to the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather” this winter season. On select Wednesdays between January and March, science teachers can apply to join our weather observers on their snowy commute to the Mount Washington Observatory.

Once at the summit you’ll tour our legendary weather station, take part in a weather observation and report your findings live via videoconference to your students back in the classroom.

What’s more, our Education team will provide additional resources including Observatory data to support continued discovery after your trip.

Space is limited to two teachers per trip. Lunch will be provided. Advanced booking required; the cost is $200.

To apply, or for more information, please contact education@mountwashington.org. Additionally, if you'd like to follow along with our participating teachers this winter, check out the Arctic Wednesdays Community Blog.
The Arctic Wednesdays program is presented by an Anonymous Observatory Member and by Kestrel Weather Instruments, with support from White Mountain Oil & Propane and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley.


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