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2012 - 2013 Winter EduTrip Schedule

Our two-day EduTrips combine a night in our mountaintop weather station with total immersion in your choice of exciting alpine-related subjects. All trips include snow cat transportation to and from the summit, guides, instruction, overnight lodging, meals, and plenty of time to explore the incredible alpine environment—it's the ultimate Mount Washington experience!

For pricing, equipment lists, and health and safety requirements, please visit the EduTrips home page.

Last season's trips are listed below for your reference, as many trips will be offered again this year. Winter 2013-2014 trip dates will be posted in late October.

Implications of Global Climate Change
Date: January 5-6, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Michelle Day, Scientist at the University of New Hampshire
Join Michelle to discuss this hot-button issue and learn about her experience as a research scientist drilling ice cores in Antarctica. Explore the evidence of past alterations in our planet's climate, possible causes of climate change today, and how past changes can help us understand the implications of climate change on our future.

Winter Mountaineering Essentials
Date: January 12-13, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Joe Lentini, Professional Climbing Guide and Vice President of the New Hampshire Mountain Rescue Service
Learn the skills you need for travel in any of the mountain ranges of the world, and spend the night on top of the highest mountain in the Northeast! Sessions will include crampon and ice axe use, self-arrest, navigation, as well as avalanche safety and avalanche transceiver use. Then, on the second day of the course, put your new skills to the test with a dawn hike around the summit.

Global Climate Change: A View from the Rockpile
Date: January 19-20, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Mark Van Baalen, Geologist at Harvard University, and Tim Allen, Geologist at Keene State College
The White Mountain landscape records a subtle, occasionally violent, geologic history, and this workshop will utilize this natural laboratory to investigate the interplay between geology and climate. Learn what glaciers, including the glacial history of the White Mountains, can tell us about changes in the Earth's climate through geologic time.

Glacial Geology of the Presidential Range
Date: January 25-26, 2013 (Friday – Saturday)
Instructor: Thom Davis, Professor of Geology and Paleoclimatology at Bentley University
Unlock the mysteries of New Hampshire's landscape by investigating the impact that glaciers, both continental and alpine, had on the White Mountain region. Learn about distinct glacial features we can visit today, and discover how the study of glaciers elsewhere on Earth gives us clues about the glaciers that once covered the northern region of New Hampshire.

Weather Basics
Date: February 2-3, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Marsha Rich, Resource Agent for the American Meteorological Society
Learn how weather is created by the interrelationships between the sun and the earth, air, land, and water in its many forms. Also enjoy a basic introduction to weather observation, with a special session on the peculiarities of mountain weather. This trip is geared toward anyone with a general interest in weather, and provides a great training opportunity for science teachers.

THE EduTrip for Educators
Date: February 23-24, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Bill Church and Steve Roberts of the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association
Learn how to utilize Mount Washington as a unique natural laboratory for K-12 planetary science programs! Resources will include the Observatory's Regional Mesonet, Vernier data collection systems, TETRIX robotics systems, live video conferencing with planetary scientists and engineering researchers who specialize in studying extreme environments, and the incredible alpine zone of Mount Washington itself.

New England Nature Photography: Capturing Images in Dramatic Light and Atmosphere
Date: March 23-24, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday)
Instructor: Jim Salge, award-winning nature photographer and former MWO weather observer
This course will teach participants how to compose and expose intriguing outdoor images in all seasons. Through hands-on instruction and critique, participants will learn how to predict and pre-visualize images, as well as expert techniques to capture the beauty in front of the lens. Special consideration will be given to the challenges of winter photography. Participants must bring their own camera equipment.

Outdoor Photography: The Challenges of Capturing Nature's Beauty
Date: March 29-30, 2013 (Friday – Saturday)
Instructor: Jerry Monkman, award-winning and widely-published photographer of EcoPhotography
Learn from the best in the business! This course will consider both the technical challenges of working in cold, snowy, wet environments and the need to understand one's equipment, as well as the artistic challenges of creating striking and memorable images. The course will combine indoor instruction with outdoor field experience. Participants must bring their own camera equipment.

Blue Hill Observatory: The Oldest Continuous Weather Record in North America
Date: April 4-5, 2013 (Thursday – Friday)
Instructor: Don McCasland, Blue Hill Observatory Program Director
Take a step back in time and learn about the history of the Blue Hill Observatory Science Center and its connections with the Mount Washington Observatory, dating back to the founding of the Observatory in 1932. Learn how tools to collect data have modernized over the past 128 years, how data is maintained by the two organizations, and what significance this data holds for the study of weather and climate.

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