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Workshops

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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 education@mountwashington.org.

Upcoming Events

Star Party Astronomy Workshop

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 

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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.

Schedule
Rescheduled to cloud date: Sunday, August 6
The workshop will commence at 2:30 PM with an indoor session at the Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center located at 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway (across the street from the Eastern Slope Inn). This session will break at 5:30 PM. Workshop participants will have enough time to grab dinner before viewing the night’s sky.
The outdoor session will begin at 7:30 and continue through 11 PM. 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.

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 is the co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England which he helped form in 1983. 
 

Geology of the White Mountains Workshop

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 

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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 deglaciation that occurred several thousand years ago. Both field techniques and laboratory follow-up will be considered, with a special emphasis on geological fieldwork.
 
Schedule
Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10)
The workshop will meet at 8:30 am and conclude at 4:30 pm. It will begin at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

About Woody Thompson
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. 

General Workshop Details:


Cost
The fee for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is $75 and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Reservations
Reservations may be made through this website or by phone at (603) 356-2137, ext. 211. Space is limited, so advanced reservations are strongly encouraged

Physical Requirements
No lengthy, strenuous hiking is involved, but participants should be in good physical condition.

Gear Requirements
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.

Transportation
Participants will provide their own transportation to and from field locations. Car pooling amongst participants will be encouraged.
 
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