Mount Washington Observatory and the Mount Washington Auto Road team up to offer educational SUMMIT day trips

The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory has opened up registration for its Summer Day Trips in partnership with the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Guests will board an Auto Road van for an educational tour up the Auto Road accompanied by Mount Washington Observatory staff member. Once on the summit this unique program will include a tour of the famous mountaintop weather station, a trip to the summit tower (weather permitting), an educational program presented by an Observatory meteorologist and a visit to the Extreme Mount Washington museum, followed by lunch in the Observatory’s living quarters.  Upon the return to the base of the mountain participants will have access to Great Glen Trails and may visit the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum.

“We are looking forward to a second season of offering these trips in partnership with the Auto Road. It’s an opportunity for visitors to get a much more detailed look and understanding of the life and work that takes place on Mount Washington,” said Observatory Director of Education, Brian Fitzgerald. “This unique experience gives visitors a chance to extend their stay on the summit and interact with the hearty souls who call the summit of Mount Washington home.”

The program is being offered on select dates running June through September. Trips are scheduled to depart from the base of the Auto Road at 8:00am and return by 1:30pm.  Space is limited to eight guests per trip.  A ticket for a member of the Mount Washington Observatory is  $129 and $199 for a non-member. Registration is available online at mountwashington.org.  For more information please contact Brian Fitzgerald at (603)356-2137 x 225.

In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including workshops, a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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