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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]

Upcoming Workshops

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.

Additional Information

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.

Gear Requirements

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.

Winter Medicine

December 5-6, 2015 - This enhanced Wilderness First Aid Course offers the same nationally recognized certification, with increased emphasis on cold injury treatment and prevention.

Additional Information

This enhanced Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course covers all the WFA material, with additional depth and focus on cold/arctic conditions with both prevention and treatment of hypothermia, frostbite, immersion foot, and more. Focus is on not just what to do, but how to do it, in remote settings with improvised tools. Taught under National guidelines, certification upon completion.

Presented by The Kane Schools, Wild & Rescue Medicine (TKS). TKS has been teaching wilderness and rescue medicine for over 40 years, and we’ve personally taught more people wild medicine than just about anyone, anywhere. You will be taught by folks who have done what they teach.


The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $165 and $195 for non-members.

Physical Requirements

Course will be active…kneeling, lifting (w/help), lying on the ground. No hiking, climbing, etc., we will be on-site at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway.

Gear Requirements

Folks are expected to dress for winter conditions and have waterproof rain gear. A day pack appropriate to the winter, with an extra layer or two will enhance the experience, but is not required.


Michelle Cruz, Director of Education
(603) 356-2137, ext. 225

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