Mount Washington Observatory is proud to partner with regional experts in a variety of fields to offer educational opportunities beyond the scope of our work in atmospheric science on Mount Washington.
While our offerings are always changing, recent past workshops have included White Mountains geology, landscape photography, land navigation, and alpine biology.
Have an idea for a workshop you'd like us to offer? Give us a call at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225 or email [email protected]
Fall Foliage Photography
September 25-27, 2015 - Join local photographers Ed and Kathy Bergeron for a 3-day fall foliage workshop. Digital photographers of all levels are welcome.
Ed and Kathy specialize in outdoor, macro and landscape photography. They live in the scenic Mount Washington Valley and have been taking fall foliage images for over 40 years. Both photographers have been president and judges of the local camera club and have years of experience critiquing the work of fellow photographers with a goal to help improve skill in photography. Kathy and Ed have won “best of show” for their images at the North Country Camera Club and the New England Council of Camera Clubs Nature Circuit. Kathy has been published in several nature magazines and her work has been featured as the cover of the Mountain Garden Club annual program and on cover of several Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Brochures. They have traveled and photographed National Parks throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Africa.
Friday, September 25 - The workshop will commence at 7:00 PM at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH. Please bring 4 – 6 digital images on a USB thumb drive if you’d like your work to be critiqued by Ed and Kathy. Also, please bring the manual for your camera. Kathy and Ed shoot Nikon and will be able to help you with the various modes and functions of your camera. If your using another brand the manual will be helpful. The emphasis this weekend will be to learn to photograph better by understanding and controlling your camera. We’ll discuss the final details of photo locations, check gear, set meeting time and make last minute adjustments for the weather.
Saturday, September 26 - Rise and shine for an early start to capture a sunrise shoot at a location in the Valley. Meet time will be discussed Friday evening. The goal is to get classic early morning soft light photos before the sun gets high and the light gets harsh. A break for breakfast with a photo talk at a local restaurant will follow. The workshop will resume at the Weather Discovery Center where tips on downloading photos, digital workflow, exposure, depth of field, macro photography, and use of your camera’s manual mode will be discussed. The group will also view and critique photos taken during the morning session. In the afternoon we’ll return to the field for golden light and stay until sunset. Sandwiches will be provided for lunch. You will need to pack water and snacks for the afternoon field session.
Sunday, September 27 - Rise and shine for an early start up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit. Stops along the road will be made to capture scenic views. Arrival at the summit will provide time to photograph the ascending Cog Railway trains. While at the summit workshop participants will partake in an exclusive tour of the Mount Washington Observatory’s weather station, visit Extreme Mount Washington Museum and have lunch at the Observatory. We’ll return to the base in mid afternoon for a wrap up session and goodbyes to friends.
We reserve the right to switch the Saturday and Sunday itinerary to adjust for weather.
The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $545 and $595 for non-members. This fee includes instruction, handouts, lunch and transportation to the summit of Mount Washington.
Reservations are required and can be made here or by phone at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225. Space is limited to 15 attendees. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Refunds will be made available through August 25, 2015, less a $50 registration fee.
No lengthy or strenuous hiking is involved, but participants must be in good physical condition.
This workshop requires:
- Digital SLR camera (with manual mode) and your choice of lenses, filters, extra batteries
- Plenty of storage media
- Sturdy camera bag
Over the weekend you will visit classic fall foliage locations throughout the Mount Washington Valley as well as travel to the summit of Mount Washington (weather allowing) to photograph the spectacular fall foliage in the alpine zone. We will be outdoors all day rain or shine. Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water, snacks and rain gear.
Participants will provide their own transportation to and from field locations. Car-pooling amongst participants will be encouraged. Round-trip transportation will be provided from the base to the summit of Mount Washington on the 27th.
White Mountains Geology
Oct 3, 2015 (rain date Oct. 4) - Learn all about the geology of the White Mountains at this popular autumn geology workshop led by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey. The workshop explores the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.
The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Exact locations will be based on Thompson's ongoing geological explorations, but may include sites in Pinkham Notch, Shelburne, Gorham, Randolph, Twin Mountain, or other areas.
Thompson will introduce participants to the bedrock and glacial geology of the region, and share findings from his studies about the early geological researchers of the area. He'll help participants discern hidden clues about the glaciers that once covered the area, and explain the process of glacial retreat and climate changes that occurred several thousand years ago. Both field techniques and laboratory follow-up will be considered, with a special emphasis on geological fieldwork.
Thompson has extensive practical and research familiarity with the region, and is a co-author of the newly published book "The Geology of New Hampshire's White Mountains." He has led this well-received workshop for several years, and makes the content appropriate for all experience levels. Past participants have ranged from complete novices to teachers and geological professionals alike.
The workshop will meet at 8:30am each day, and will conclude at about 4:30pm. It will begin at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.
The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $95 and $115 for non-members. This fee includes instruction and all associated materials.
Reservations are required and can be made here or by phone at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225. Space is limited. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Refunds will be made available through September 4, 2015, less a $25 registration fee.
No lengthy or strenuous hiking is involved, but participants must be in good physical condition.
Participants should dress for hiking, and come equipped with warm clothing, rain gear, and sturdy footwear. Participants should also pack a trail lunch and water. Optional items include: camera, small shovel, and rock hammer.
Participants will provide their own transportation to and from field locations. Car-pooling amongst participants will be encouraged.
Star Party with Your Host The Sky Guy John Gianforte
Oct 10, 2015 (cloud date Oct. 11) - The Star Party will be a fun and educational outing for students of astronomy of all ages and ability levels. No previous astronomy knowledge is needed. No special equipment is required, but if you have binoculars, a digital single lens reflex camera and would like to try your hand at some basic astrophotography John will demonstrate for those who are interested.
If you have your own telescope by all means bring it along. John will be available to answer any questions you might have about using your telescope. All participants are asked to bring a flashlight with fresh batteries and warm clothing for the Star Party.
About John Gianforte
By night, John is an active Astronomer and Imager, and by day, he is an Astronomy Lecturer for the Physics Department at the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College and for the Navitas at UNH program. His main astronomical research interests are: observing transits of extrasolar planets, cataclysmic variable stars, comets, asteroids and supernovae. He also writes about astronomy on his website: TheSkyGuy.org. John has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Exchange morning talk show as well as New Hampshire Public Television’s NH Skies and Windows To The Wild. John is the co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England which he helped form in 1983. You can find John at the UNH Observatory for the twice-monthly public observing sessions held on the first and third Saturday nights of each month. John’s work can be found on his website TheSkyGuy.org and the UNH Observatory website.
The workshop will commence at 2:30pm with an indoor session at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH. This session will break at 5:30pm. Workshop participants will have enough time to grab dinner before viewing the night's sky.
The outdoor session will begin at 7:30pm and continue through 11:00pm. Details for the outdoor session will be discussed before dinner. This location will most likely be about a 30-minute drive north of the Weather Discovery Center.
The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $75 and $105 for non-members.
Reservations are required and can be made here or by phone at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225. Space is limited. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Refunds will be made available through September 12, 2015, less a $25 registration fee.
Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoor session. It is likely to be cold so bring some warming clothing and a flashlight to help guide you in dark. Gear not required, but welcomed: SLR camera, binoculars, and your own telescope.
Participants will provide their own transportation to and from field locations. Car-pooling amongst participants is encouraged.
Michelle Cruz, Director of Education
(603) 356-2137, ext. 225