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Seek The Peak Hike-a-thon for Mount Washington Observatory

On Friday, July 21st-Saturday, July 22nd, participate in the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory at the Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-Thon.

Hike the beautiful and challenging Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, raise money for a good cause, win prizes, meet and join other outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy the outdoor expo tents, explore the Weather Discovery Center, meet the staff of the observatory, dine and party with participants, and most importantly – SEEK YOUR PEAK! 

There is a $10 registration fee per person, and this fee counts towards the minimum $200 fundraising goal. Ask your network of family and friends to pledge you during the event and tell them about the cause! Participants may register in teams of up to 8 people.

There are many ways to win prizes! The first 500 participants to raise $200 earn an exclusive Seek the Peak backpack and T-shirt. Join the event as a team to earn special prizes as the top fundraising team or the most spirited team, among other categories. For each fundraising milestone, starting at $200 and exceeding $20,000, participants may win select prizes for each milestone and are entered to win other fabulous prizes for their accomplishments. To see the full list of incentives, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/prizes.aspx.

In addition to pledges, interested businesses may purchase sponsorships for the event. The sponsorship categories are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $12,500
  • Gold Sponsor: $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
  • In-Kind Sponsors ($1,000+)
  • In-Kind Sponsors (Under $1,000)
  • Team Sponsor: $2,000

For more information on sponsorships, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/sponsorship.aspx.

Since Seek the Peak was established in 2001, this great event has raised over $1.6 million for the nonprofit Observatory, helping it maintain its famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington and continue its important work collecting weather data, performing research, and educating the public about the science of climate and weather.

For more information, or to register, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/. Pack your gear – the mountains are calling!


Mount Washington Observatory Partners with The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides to Add Top-Rope Climbing to Seek The Peak

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH – Mount Washington Observatory’s is pleased to announce The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides’ participation in Seek the Peak 2017 offering a top-rope session for participants. The North Face has also provided exclusive logo product to be used for prize giveaways as fundraising incentives to Seek the Peak participants.

synnott“This is a win-win all around,” said Mark Synnott owner of Synnott Mountain Guides and professional athlete for The North Face.  “I am looking forward to being able to represent both The North Face and my guide school while supporting this important fundraising event and ultimately the work of the Mount Washington Observatory,” said Synnott.

north faceComing onboard as a sponsor for Seek the Peak 2017, The North Face will support their athlete Mark Synnott and his guide school, Synnott Mountain Guides, to provide a top-rope session for Seek the Peak participants.  The top-rope sessions will be an alternative to hiking and will take place from 10am-1pm at Square Ledge. Synnott Mountain Guides will be set up along the Square Ledge trail where eligible Seek the Peak participants can check-in for their top-rope experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to climb using a top-rope that is secured above and connected to a belayer at the base of the ledge. Gear will be provided on-site. There will be novice to intermediate level climb.  Participants need to reach the $200 fundraising goal to be eligible to climb.

“Seek Your Peak has been our motto in the recent years, many participants want to summit Mount Washington while others are looking for alternative hikes and thanks to the support of The North Face and Mark Synnott we are thrilled to incorporate a top-rope component , ” said Director of Events and Marketing Krissy Fraser.

Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory.  Participants raise a minimum of $200 to support the Observatory and to join in the weekend events including a kick-off party, a vendor expo featuring several gear sponsors, summit weather room tours, a Hart’s turkey dinner and a special awards ceremony where thousands of dollars in gear is raffled off to participants.

To learn more or register for Seek the Peak, visit seekthepeak.org or contact Krissy Fraser at (603) 356-2137 ext. 231. For more information on the Mountain Washington Observatory, visit mountwashington.org.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
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. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

14th Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-thon Raises $240,000 for Nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory

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Despite an ominous forecast predicting hurricane-force winds, severe thunderstorms and hail, an estimated 400 hikers and their families came out for Mount Washington Observatory’s 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-21. To avoid the dangerous conditions, participants were directed to hike on Sunday instead of the usual Saturday ascent, and were rewarded for their efforts with more than $30,000 in prizes and incentives, as well as a huge after party with live music and an all-you-can-eat feast. The event was presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru and Vasque, with support from Fairpoint Communications and Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire.

“Our ‘lucky’ number thirteen event threw us a major curveball with the weather, but our hikers adjusted their plans accordingly and I’m happy to report that everyone enjoyed the weekend without incident,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley.

The usual two-day event began with free food and drinks from Flatbread Company and Tuckerman Brewing Company on Friday, July 19, followed by the famous after party on Saturday, July 20. Due to Saturday’s severe weather, the hike was moved to Sunday, July 21, when hikers enjoyed a complimentary tour of  Mount Washington Observatory’s mountaintop weather station.

All hikers who met the event’s $200 fundraising minimum were given an Eastern Mountain Sports Techwick t-shirt and an EMS day pack loaded with freebies. Those who exceeded the $200 minimum were awarded incentives based on their fundraising total, including headlamps, multi-tools, jackets, tents, kayaks and more.

The top fundraiser was Chris Choma of Reading, MA, who single-handedly raised $19,025. He was rewarded for his efforts with a “Keys to the Castle” ultimate Mount Washington adventure featuring private snow cat transportation and overnight accommodations for six at the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station. Choma’s team, Team Chawkanaw, clenched first place in the team division with $20,000 raised, and were each awarded $100 gift cards to Eastern Mountain Sports. The second place team, The Kilted Hikers, raised $8,662.20 and received $50 gift cards. 36 hikers raised $1,000 or more, each receiving an Eastern Mountain Sports soft shell jacket embroidered with the Mount Washington Observatory and Seek the Peak logos.

Other prizes included a one-year lease on a 2014 Subaru Outback, a $500 shopping spree at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, an all-inclusive Mount Washington Observatory winter day trip for two, a $250 Eastern Mountain Sports gift card, and outdoor gear and gadgets ranging from boots, to backpacks, to GPS units.

“Prizes provide a powerful incentive for our participants,” says Events and Marketing Manager Krissy Fraser, “and our sponsors make that possible. We are incredibly thankful for their support.”

Seek the Peak has raised more than $1.3 million over its thirteen year history, supporting the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory’s work in weather observation, research and education. This success has been possible not only through the efforts of dedicated hikers, their donors, and corporate sponsors,
but also a small army of volunteers.

“54 volunteers donated their time and talents this year,” says Fraser. “It’s an understatement to say that this event would not be possible without them.”

The 14th annual event will be held July 18-19, 2014, and registration is scheduled to open December 2, 2013. To learn more about becoming an event participant, sponsor, or volunteer, visit SeekthePeak.org or call (603) 356-2137, 231.



The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is proud to announce its 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-20, 2013. Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru and Vasque with support from Fairpoint Communications and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire, Seek the Peak 13 features a host of incredible fundraising incentives and prizes. Hikers are encouraged to register as soon as possible to begin working towards their rewards.

“Seek the Peak is not only a signature event for the Observatory, but also a staple for many of our participants who return each year because of how unique and rewarding it is,” says Observatory Events & Marketing Manager, Krissy Fraser. “Our $200 fundraising minimum earns participants an EMS Techwick event tee, an EMS day pack loaded with freebies, and entry into a drawing for great outdoor gear and getaways. From there, the incentives get bigger and better the more money you raise.”

All who raise $1,000 or more will receive an EMS soft shell jacket; those who raise $2,500 or more will also receive an EMS tent, and all who raise $5,000 or more will also receive an EMS kayak. Event prizes, also tiered by fundraising level, include a $500 gift certificate to Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, a one-year lease on a 2014 Subaru, and more.

“Seek the Peak provides vital operating income for our mountaintop weather station, our museums, educational programs, research and more,” says Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley, “so we are incredibly thankful for the support of our sponsors, who make it possible to offer such powerful incentives.”

“This year we have also added some ‘priceless’ prizes,” says Fraser, “including an overnight snow cat trip to the summit of Mount Washington, a photo published in the Observatory’s magazine, and the opportunity to offer an Observatory distance learning program to the school of your choice.

As the nonprofit scientific institution’s largest annual fundraiser, Seek the Peak supports Mount Washington Observatory’s work in weather observation, research, and education.

Seek the Peak is open to hikers of all ages and abilities, and registration is free. There is no timed start, and participants may ascend the peak via the trail of their choice.

“Some families enjoy a short hike and then come back down, while really motivated hikers get up before dawn and bag a couple summits,” says Henley. “Distance doesn’t matter; it’s all about getting outside to enjoy this wonderful mountain we call home.”

Participants are treated to a kick-off party in North Conway Friday evening, and those who summit are invited inside the Observatory’s famous mountaintop weather station for a tour and refreshments. The event culminates with a huge after party featuring an outdoor expo, live music, the famous awards ceremony and a sumptuous, all-you-can-eat feast.

For more information and to register, volunteer, or become an event sponsor, visit SeekthePeak.org, or call (800) 706-0432, x231.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Operating within the 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes from its mountaintop weather station, amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records while conducting scientific research and educational outreach. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, please visit MountWashington.org.

Enjoy a Weekend of Kindness & a May Faire at the Be Kind Festival, May 17-19th!

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Joe Lentini Photo

The White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany will be hosting their
7th Annual May Faire Celebration on
Saturday, May 18th, 10 to 2 PM at the North Conway Community Center in conjunction with the Be Kind Festival in Schouler Park.

May Faire is an ancient festival welcoming Spring. The Maypole will be raised, bedecked with fresh flowers and ribbons. Children will make and will be wearing floral wreaths and celebrate Spring’s arrival by dancing and singing. Faculty will be leading children through the Maypole Dance. There will be children’s crafts, a school store with handmade items donated by WMWS parents and friends in addition to  games, food and entertainment.  This is a fun-filled day to spend with your family and friends.  Please invite someone to come; the event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event please call the school at 447-3168 or visit http://www.whitemountainwaldorf.org

Enjoy other Be Kind Festival activities during the weekend of May 17th-19th!
Friday 12:15 pm – Free talk for Caregivers by Gardiner Perry  – A Caregiver’s guide to Be Kind to self.Gibson Center.
Friday Eve: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – FREE at Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High, an amazing lecture by Michael Chase, founder of the Kindness Center.
Friday Eve: 8:00 – 9:30 pm – A candlelit Gratitude Labyrinth in Schouler Park FREE, sponsored by http://www.iamgratefultoyou.com
Friday Eve: 8:30 – 9:30 pm Kindness Café Coffee and hugs under the tent with  Michael Chase. Schouler Park, next to the labyrinth, enjoy coffee and social time with the author, get your book signed, and enjoy your fellow kindness fans.

Saturday: 8-11am – FREE Collect your kindness supplies or ideas at Schouler Park – free balloons, flowers, coffee cards, attraction tickets, Flatbread coupons and other goodies to share or add to your own ideas of random acts of kindness.

Saturday 11amFree, educational presentation at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center: “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. Find out about the specialized technology our scientists use to study this unique environment, and discover what forms of life call this place home. Learn about the fragile and unique the alpine vegetation and how human impact can change its existence.

Saturday 10am -2pm Under the tent  – Live Remote Broadcast by Magic 104.5 and WMWV (10am – noon)
10am – Tabata Fitness Class by Larissa Taylor (BE KIND to your body)
10am – 11am Dorian Kramer offering 10 min Qigong sessions in the park
10am – 3:30pm – FREE Car washes by the staff at M&M Insurance, Rte 16, Intervale.
11:00 am – 2PM in the Park
Tai Chi by Donna Stuart
Reiki by Sheri Loomis & Karen McCarthy
Massages by Stevi Gelanis  and Morgan Butters
Chiropractor Anthony Sorienti doing postural analysis
Visiting Nurses doing blood pressure checks
12:00 noon – Kindness Rally – come share your stories from the morning Random Acts of Kindness. Michael Chase will facilitate and help anyone share their stories.
 noon-ish –  1:00 pm-ish     Flatbread Pizza, and veggie wraps from Kennett High Culinary Arts students (for donations).
1:00 pm Mary Bastoni-Redman performs
1:30 pm Pasha Marlowe, Holland Hills Studio Yoga (BE KIND to your body)
1:30 – 3:00pm Saco Valley Gymnasticswill perform from in the park
–  MWV Children’s Museum offering kindness arts and crafts
– Free Arts & Crafts for kids with Nancy from The Artery
– Free Arts & Crafts with Leslie Stanicki from Partners in Health
– Hugging station and free I-Hug buttons from the WMCHC Teen Clinic
        – Book Signing with White Birch Books for Michael’s new book Loving Everyone, a Four Legged Approach to Enlightenment
Art of Kindness in the
MWV Arts Associationtent, join in and paint your vision of kindness on the community canvases!
– Free candles courtesy of Soyfire Candle for use in the “I am Grateful to you” Gratitude Labyrinth

Saturday 10am-2pm – FREE White Mountain Waldorf School annual May Faire event, next door at the N. Conway Community Center

Saturday 2pm – FREE “It’s Not About the Hike a presentation by authors and speakers Nancy Sporborg & Pat Piper. (At Gibson Center).
Saturday 2pm – FREE “Celiac Disease Info Session” Dona Forke, Hannaford Dietician will speak on nutrition, reading gluten-free and all labels, and food choices.

Saturday 4pmHospice Butterfly Release – Schouler Park. $25 butterly sponsorship availbale.

Saturday Eve – 6:30pm FREE CONCERT – The Dean Machine – Rock and Blues… BOOM! Starring Jeremy Dean, Kenny Oakes and Matty Bowman.
7:30pm – FREE Live concert at Schouler Park. Join WMWV and Magic 104 to travel to the planet Funktar circe 1979 for Motor Booty Affair!


Sunday 9:30am – FREE Enjoy this fascinating walk in a beautiful field with a medicinal/edible herb identification walk with Heather at The Local Grocer – FREE!

Sunday 10am – 4pm: FREE Cranmore Mountain Adventure ParkFREE fun day on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line from 10am-4pm!

Sunday 11:30 am Free Community Meal – Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Main St and Grove. Everyone Welcome.



snowsummit2Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the fall of New Hampshire’s famous “Old Man of the Mountain,” Mount Washington Observatory will be offering a special program at its Weather Discovery Center in North Conway on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM. Mount Washington Observatory life trustee Brian Fowler, a retired engineering geologist and recognized expert on the “Old Man,” will discuss how the famed rock profile came to be and why it fell.

Fowler studied the Old Man intensively in association with the construction of Route 93 through Franconia Notch. Probably no one is as familiar with the geological history and structure of the Old Man, or can offer such informed insights as to why the Old Man tumbled from its lofty perch.

Fowler is also a student of the human history associated with the Old Man, including

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karen stancik photography

its importance as an emblem of the Granite State and the many attempts to stabilize and preserve it. His presentation will include important facets of the profile’s geological and human history, and will also discuss the work of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund to keep the heritage of the Old Man alive for future generations.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Donations to the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory are welcomed.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Operating within the 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes from its mountaintop weather station, amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records while conducting scientific research and educational outreach. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, please visit MountWashington.org.


How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin with Champion Pumpkin Grower Bruce Hooker

539wWant to know how to grow a Giant Pumpkin? If so, you should join the North Conway Library on Thursday, April 18 for its program featuring Bruce Hooker at 7 pm at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.

Bruce has been growing giant pumpkins since 2003 with his first one weighing in at 247 lbs and his best pumpkin at 1521 lbs last year. He is on the board of the NH Giant Pumpkin Growers Association which is “dedicated to the sport of growing giant pumpkins in the spirit of learning, teaching, and cooperation” and he has had great success himself with one of his pumpkins winning the Goffstown Pumpkin Festival.

Bruce cannot tell you how to grow the next World Record, but he does think he can get you started in the right direction. There is no magic bullet to growing a giant pumpkin, just several things you have to do to the best of your ability and then hope mother nature gives a helping hand. Come let Bruce tell you how to successfully grow one of these giant wonders in your own backyard.

At the presentation you will also learn about the North Conway Library‘s AdoptA-Pumpkin program and be able to sign-up to participate. For a $15 donation you will receive a pumpkin plant in a 6 inch pot with a blue ribbon pedigree, a birth certificate, and growing directions. Furthermore, it comes along with a Pumpkin Community newsletter and directions for entry to the Fryeburg Fair for hard core competitors!

The pumpkin starter plants and materials will be available in May, but you will be able to pre-order yours at the program and then will be contacted by e-mail or phone when your plant is ready for pick-up and adoption. Pumpkin plants are limited and competition is fierce, so reserve your plant early. Reservations can also be made at the North Conway Library by calling 356-2961.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 18. There is no charge for the program, although donations are greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served and delicious coffee is generously donated by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

For more information about the presentation or the Adopt-a-Pumpkin program, contact the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or check http://www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.



New Outreach Team Takes Alpine Classroom Global

Experiential education is gaining traction in both public and private school classrooms, and nonprofit scientific research and educational institution Mount Washington Observatory is helping to lead the way. This fall, they introduced a dynamic team of educators who are serving up fun, interactive programs that offer an exciting alternative to science education as we know it.

Rebecca Scholand, a spunky, 24 year-old meteorologist, recently joined the Observatory education staff full time after honing her skills as an intern at the organization’s mountaintop weather station—now her office and home for eight-day shifts as a weather observer.

24 year-old Brian Fitzgerald, also a resident weather observer at the summit station, joined the staff in September. The former Observatory intern has served as an environmental educator with The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

While both Scholand and Fitzgerald have extensive experience working with students, neither are teachers—and that’s by design.

“It’s one thing to learn about cloud formations or air pressure in a textbook,” explains Observatory Director of Education, Michelle Cruz. “It’s another to be shown breathtaking atmospheric phenomena unfolding right before your eyes, and interpreted, first person, from an actual scientist living and working in that field of study.”

Joined by office-based outreach educator William Broussard, who came to the Observatory this summer after earning a graduate degree in conservation biology and science education, the interdisciplinary team brings the excitement and wonder of Mount Washington’s weather to students all around the world.

“Mount Washington Observatory has offered classroom programs regionally for a number of years,” says Cruz, “but with the addition of distance learning, utilizing live, videoconference technology, the geographic barriers have been lifted.”

The relatively new technology, which the Observatory officially launched in the spring of 2009, allows the institution to connect with schools, museums, libraries or anywhere with compatible videoconferencing equipment, and conduct live, interactive programs about weather and climate—right from its mountaintop weather station.

The nonprofit organization has conducted approximately 200 programs so far, connecting with students and researchers as far away as Alaska, Arizona, and even the South Pole. Upcoming bookings include schools in Alberta, Canada, and Mexico City, Mexico.

“The programs with warm weather destinations are always the most fun,” jokes Cruz. “They love seeing all the snow and ice on Mount Washington—they can’t believe our scientists actually live up there.”

Designed to meet the New Hampshire Frameworks and National Education Standards, distance learning programs range from “Weather 101,” explaining the building blocks of weather, to climate programs and a behind-the-scenes expose on how meteorologists create forecasts. Classroom programs cover weather observation, lightening safety, and more. Teacher trainings, camp-ins at the organization’s weather museum in North Conway, New Hampshire, and programs for the general public are also offered.

For more information, visit MountWashington.org/Education or call (800) 706-0432, ext. 225 for Director of Education Michelle Cruz.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Located within Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes, conducting scientific research, educating the public about the science of weather and climate, and amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, visit MountWashington.org.



Local nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory was among the 30,000 charities from across the country nominated to participate in the 2012 Chase Community Giving contest. The philanthropy program asked the public to vote for their favorite charities, awarding a total of $5 million in grants to the top 196 vote-getters. At the end of the contest Mount Washington Observatory landed in 55th place with a total of 3,250 votes, earning the nonprofit a $20,000 grant.

“We are so, incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from our fans,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “When we were nominated to participate, we were wary—we’re much smaller than many of the other groups. But our members, donors, and fans rallied around our cause. Their support helped us surpass charities ten times our size.”

Eligible charities included 501(c)(3) organizations with an operating budget under $10 million, nominated by Chase customers and employees from June 12 to July 9. Voting took place September 6-19 on Facebook and ChaseGiving.com, open to all with Facebook and Chase accounts. More than 1.5 million votes were cast.

The charity that received the most votes, the Egyptian Cancer Network, won a $250,000 grant. The next ten runners-up won $100,000, the next 35 won $50,000, the next 50 won $20,000, and the next 100 won $10,000.

“This grant represents a significant sum of money for our small institution,” notes Kerry MacDougall, the Observatory’s Director of Development. “Membership dues and charitable gifts comprise the majority of our income, so receiving a grant of this amount—especially during a down economy, when charitable gifts are increasingly difficult to secure—is a major boost.”

The Observatory plans to put the grant to work immediately, helping to fund its weather station atop Mount Washington and its educational outreach efforts.

“The Observatory has been able to continue its work in weather observation, science education, and weather and climate research for more than 80 years thanks to the support of our members and fans,” says Henley. “This grant helps us continue that legacy.”


About Mount Washington Observatory

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. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.