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Science in the Mountains Videoconference Series Visits Scientific Destinations across North America

Grand Canyon National Park, San Diego Zoo, Battleship New Jersey Highlight 2010 Series


NORTH CONWAY, NH — A staple of summer season in North Conway Village, Mount Washington Observatory’s “Science in the Mountains: A Passport to Science” series kicks off on Wednesday, July 14. Using videoconferencing technology, Mount Washington Observatory will lead participants on a six-week tour of some of North America’s most intriguing scientific destinations.


Visitors will have the opportunity to interact live and in real-time with experts in a variety of fields. This summer’s series features a live geological exploration of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, a real-time look at endangered species at the world-famous San Diego Zoo and an up-close and personal visit with wolves at Minnesota’s International Wolf Center.


The series showcases the same technology that Mount Washington Observatory employs in its innovative distance learning program. Launched in 2009, schools across the nation and around the world now have the ability to learn about the science of weather and climate through live videoconference programs, connecting schools near and far with educators at Mount Washington Observatory’s famous weather station atop New England’s tallest peak.


“Videoconferencing is gaining popularity in both business and education,” explains Director of Education Michelle Cruz. “As fuel prices and travel expenses continue to rise while budgets remain low, more and more schools are adopting this technology. It’s innovative and relevant, and we are thrilled to showcase this technology during our Science in the Mountains series.”


Each weekly edition of Science in the Mountains is held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway on consecutive Wednesday evenings from July 14 through August 18. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m., but seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. Admission is free and all sessions are open to the public. A complete schedule, including dates, destinations and topics can be found on the Observatory's website.


The 2010 series is presented with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – North Country Region and Subaru of America.


Mount 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 by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. Operating within 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, the Observatory has been monitoring Mount Washington’s extreme conditions from its legendary mountaintop weather station since 1932, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach.



2010 Science in the Mountains Schedule


July 14 – Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

Up Close and Paleo: Interact with a paleontologist from the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada!


July 21 – The Ocean Institute

Dana Point, California

The Ocean Institute's goal is to inspire all generations to become responsible stewards of our oceans. Learn about these amazing creatures that share our world.


July 28 – San Diego Zoo

San Diego, California

Visit one of the world's largest and most famous zoos, and learn about endangered species and the work the zoo does to conserve them!


August 4 – Battleship New Jersey

Camden, New Jersey

Battleship Weather: Learn the important role that weather observers play on U.S. Navy ships and their impact in U.S. naval history.


August 11 – International Wolf Center

Ely, Minnesota

Explore the world of the wolf! Using the wolf as a fascinating case study, we will examine the important roles that predators, prey and scavengers play in the ecosystems where wolves live.


August 18 – Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Visit one of America's first national parks and certainly one of its most popular!



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