Education Mount Washington Style

2011-06-18 17:34:42.000 – Rick Giard,  Observer / Educational Specialist


This week my shift began a couple of days early, starting on Monday with a full day at the MWOBS Weather Discovery Center in North Conway village. Watching and speaking with young families and groups of excited children exploring the interactive displays, I was reminded of why one important part of our three-fold mission is outreach and education. Learning should be fun! If you haven’t been to the WDC, plan to go there soon – and, be sure to bring some kids along. At 11 or 2 you can connect with the summit meteorologist during Live from the Rockpile shows.

After experiencing WDC it was back on summit in the evening, joined by our good friend WMWV radio early morning show host Roy Prescott. Roy spent the night on top, and then did his Tuesday morning show live from the summit. A good time was had by all. Thanks Roy!

Our typical summit shift week lasts eight days, with two crews working alternating weeks. This time I had the privilege of working with the other crew, plus the pleasure of sampling the marvelous meals prepared by volunteers Connie and Werner Griesshammer. On Wednesday morning the up-going crew ascended to the summit along with another excellent volunteer, Barbara Marino. We are very fortunate to have so many good folks eager to help up here. And, we have the opportunity of getting to know and learning from a variety of folks from all walks of life. Life on the Rockpile is good!


Rick Giard,  Observer / Educational Specialist

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