Science in the Mountains

Join us this summer for our 11th annual Science in the Mountains lecture series presented by the Alvin J. Coleman construction companies, with support from Frase Electric.

This FREE series is held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. All programs begin at 7pm unless otherwise indicated, and we encourage you to arrive early to claim your seat.

2018 Schedule

July 11: Climate Change's Impact on New England's Winter Economy – Liz Burakowski, Ben Wilcox
In a region well-known for and highly dependent on winter recreation, what impacts do a changing climate have on activities like skiing or snow-mobiling? Join UNH Research Assistant Professor Elizabeth Burakowski and Cranmore Mountain Resort President & GM Ben Wilcox to learn about the science and business of winter recreation, and how ski resorts adapt to create great conditions.

July 18: Astronomy - The Energy of the Universe – Douglas Arion
The universe is a single organism, and we (and all that is around us) are part of it. While stars, planets, and galaxies may seem distant and disconnected from day-to-day human experience, we are all actually interrelated and interacting. Understanding the big picture of the cosmic system, and how we fit into it, will change your view about the connection of humans with our environment. Join astrophysicist Douglas Arion, PhD, for this perspective-changing talk!

July 25: Creatures of the Night: New England's Nocturnal Animals – Audrey Eisenhauer
How do wild animals find food in the dark or escape predators? You don't have to stay up late to get a close look at elusive nocturnal creatures. Meet three live "creatures of the night" with a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to learn surprising details of their adaptations that make them well-suited for night life.

August 1: Our Changing Climate and Horticultural Impacts – David Epstein
Dave Epstein, a meteorologist and horticulturalist will look at climates past, present and future and the impact to plants both close at home and further afield. Dave has been a forecaster for 3 decades and a lifelong gardener. David can be heard daily on WBUR in Boston, seen writing for the Boston Globe or contributing on-air for WBZ-CBS Boston. You can also watch David's videos on gardening at

August 8: White Mountain Forest Fires – Dave Govatski
Do forest fires occur in the White Mountains? While wildfires may not be common in northern NH, under the right conditions fires can burn quickly and be difficult to suppress. Join Dave Govatski, a naturalist, author and retired Forest Service employee for a look into the history of forest fires in the White Mountains and how local, state, federal and private agencies work together to combat the forest fire menace.

August 15: Mount Washington: Launching Pad to Polar Regions– Jeff DeRosa, Mike Finnegan
Where do you go once you've lived in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather"? Well...many travel to Arctic Regions! Join former MWO Observers Jeff DeRosa and Mike Finnigan as they share their experiences living and working on the Rockpile, in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica through memorable stories and incredible photography.


Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator
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