School Programs

An Educational Expedition to the Home of the World’s Worst Weather. Distance learning utilizes live, interactive video conferencing technology, allowing us to bring the science and excitement of Mount Washington anywhere in the world.

The tallest point in the northeastern United States and strategically located at the convergence of three major storm tracks, the summit of Mount Washington is battered year-round by some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. Nowhere else on Earth is readily found such a consistent combination of sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, freezing fog and driving snow.

Through interactive video conferencing, go live to the summit of Mount Washington and learn about climate and weather from the people who know it best: The hardy men and women living and working in the Observatory’s legendary summit weather station. They’ll share their first-hand knowledge and experience in an exciting, interactive format. Close that textbook and enter the alpine zone!


Designed to fit the New Hampshire Frameworks and National Education Standards for grades 4-12, each program runs approximately one hour, and is adapted to fit your class schedule.

Extreme Weather Observations

What exactly is a meteorologist and how do they make a forecast? Forget the suits and ties, and enter the exciting world of our mountaintop crew! Find out who these intrepid scientists are, how they collect data, what kind of data they collect, and how they translate it into information we can use.

Life and Work at the Mount Washington Observatory

Every hour, Mount Washington Observatory’s meteorologists venture into the elements to measure and record weather data—even when temperatures drop well below zero and winds exceed 100 mph! Find out what it takes to get the job done from the men and women who live the adventure. You’ll never think of scientists the same way again!

The Alpine Zone

Journey to a strange and distant land, where temperatures fall well below freezing, winds whip at hurricane force and even trees cannot survive. Learn about the specialized technology our scientists use to study this unique environment, and discover what forms of life call this place home.

Custom Programs

Can’t find the program you’re looking for? The experienced staff of the Mount Washington Observatory will custom design a program to fit your unique specifications and curriculum needs, including programs featuring the Observatory’s robust climate record.


Please contact us for technology requirements.


Much less than the cost of a field trip, a single program is $225 for up to 30 students. A second consecutive program is $155, and each additional program is $125. Multiple-day programs and assembly programs are also available, with special package pricing. We respectfully request that programs be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Contact: Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Science & Education. (603) 356-2137, ext. 225. Email

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