North Conway, NH - July 10, 2018 - The Mount Washington Observatory is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Science in the Mountains lecture series. The series will feature presentations from experts in a variety of fields from throughout the region.

The program series is free and held every Wednesday evening over the course of six weeks at the Weather Discovery Center in downtown North Conway. All programs begin at 7pm and guests are encouraged to arrive early.

“We are excited to celebrate our 11th Annual Science in the Mountains series by bringing together some of the most trusted names in science from throughout the White Mountains,” said Director of Education, Brian Fitzgerald. “Speakers for 2018 include a general manager for a local ski resort, a UNH climatologist, an astronomer, a wildlife specialist, a retired forest service employee, a broadcast meteorologist/horticulturalist and two former MWO weather observers. The variety of topics and speakers should appeal to a wide range of local and visiting audiences.”

The schedule for this summer is as follows:

July 11: Climate Change’s Impact on New England’s Winter Economy – Liz Burakowski, Ben Wilcox
In a region well-known for and highly dependent on winter recreation, what impacts do a changing climate have on activities like skiing or snow-mobiling? Join UNH Research Assistant Professor Elizabeth Burakowski and Cranmore Mountain Resort President & GM Ben Wilcox to learn about the science and business of winter recreation, and how ski resorts adapt to create great conditions.

July 18: Astronomy: The Energy of the Universe – Douglas Arion

The universe is a single organism, and we (and all that is around us) are part of it. While stars, planets, and galaxies may seem distant and disconnected from day-to-day human experience, we are all actually interrelated and interacting. Understanding the big picture of the cosmic system, and how we fit into it, will change your view about the connection of humans with our environment. Join astrophysicist Douglas Arion, PhD, for this perspective-changing talk!

July 25: Creatures of the Night: New England’s Nocturnal Animals – Audrey Eisenhauer

How do wild animals find food in the dark or escape predators? You don't have to stay up late to get a close look at elusive nocturnal creatures. Meet three live "creatures of the night" with a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to learn surprising details of their adaptations that make them well-suited for night life.

August 1: Our Changing Climate and Horticultural Impacts - Dave Epstein

Dave Epstein, a meteorologist and horticulturalist will look at climates past, present and future and the impact to plants both close at home and further afield. Dave has been a forecaster for 3 decades and a lifelong gardener. David can be heard daily on WBUR in Boston, seen writing for the Boston Globe or contributing on-air for WBZ-CBS Boston. You can also watch David's videos on gardening at

August 8: White Mountain Forest Fires – David Govatski

Do forest fires occur in the White Mountains? While wildfires may not be common in northern NH, under the right conditions fires can burn quickly and be difficult to suppress. Join Dave Govatski, a naturalist, author and retired Forest Service employee for a look into the history of forest fires in the White Mountains and how local, state, federal and private agencies work together to combat the forest fire menace.

August 15: Mount Washington: Launching Pad to Polar Regions – Jeff DeRosa, Mike Finnegan

Where do you go once you've lived in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather"? Well...many travel to Arctic Regions! Join former MWO Observers Jeff DeRosa and Mike Finnegan as they share their experiences living and working on the Rockpile, in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica through memorable stories and incredible photography.

For more information on other educational offerings with Mount Washington Observatory including summer overnight edutrips, weather station tours, distance learning and traveling outreach programs for schools, visit or call (603) 356-2137 x 211.

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