LIFE ON THE ALPINE TUNDRA EXHIBIT TO BE UNVEILED AT MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY’S WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER OPEN HOUSE & RIBBON CUTTING EVENT
presentation about the Alpine Zone will take place prior to the exhibit ribbon
Conway, NH – February 7, 2020 - The Mount Washington Observatory will unveil a
new special exhibit Discovering Life on
the Alpine Tundra in the Weather Discovery Center in downtown North Conway,
New Hampshire at an Open House & Ribbon Cutting event taking place on
Monday, February 17, 2020.
Open House is a free event taking place from 5:00pm-7:00pm and will feature a
special presentation from Weather Observer & Education Specialist Ian
Bailey discussing Mount Washington’s Alpine Zone prior to the Ribbon Cutting
and viewing of the exhibit.
program will highlight how Mount Washington’s infamous weather and climate
shape the living environment at and above treeline. This program will feature a
live connection to the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station with stunning
video and photography.
Discovering Life on the Alpine Tundra exhibit is a virtual educational
adventure up the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington, via a “snowcat”
ride traveling the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Visitors are invited to learn
about the journey to the summit, the unique flora & fauna found above
tree-line as well as the geology and climate around Mount Washington.
to the summit of Mount Washington each week, year round, provides us a unique opportunity
to experience the mountain in every light and we hope this exhibit can provide
guests a sense of this experience and some insight into the incredibly fragile
and special environment that is our backyard,” says Observatory Director of
Science & Education Brian Fitzgerald.
will experience a wide-angle view (more than 180 degrees) across three
large-format angled screens inside a snowcat cockpit-inspired theater. The
snowcat video experience is roughly 3 ½ minutes in length, and is narrated by
local radio personality and the WMWV Morning Weather Show host Roy Prescott.
exhibit will relay the important message that Mount Washington and the
Presidential Range within the White Mountains represent a significant
percentage of the overall alpine tundra environment that can be found in the
Northeastern United States. These are precious areas that need continued
protection, otherwise they are easily damaged by human development and impacts.
exhibit was made possible due to the generous support of the New Hampshire Charitable
Foundation, Dorr Foundation, McIninch Foundation, Goldberg Charitable Trust and
HAM Charitable Foundation. With support from: Tom Guilmette, Videographer; Roy
Prescott, Narrator; Doug Weihrauch, Alpine Ecologist, Appalachian Mountain Club;
Mt. Washington Auto Road; Mount Washington State Park.
The Weather Discovery Center:
daily from 10:00am-5:00pm in the summer months and vacation weeks and
10:00am-3:00pm in the winter season.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 7-17. Admission is
free for children ages 6 and under and Mount Washington Observatory and ASTC
Mount Washington Observatory:
Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution
with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the
Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring
the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using
this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more
information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.