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1997-23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 1997

NCAR Offers Summer Tours

Contact: Rene Munoz
NCAR Education and Tour Program
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Telephone: 303-497-1173 to leave message
Telephone: 303-497-1174 for recorded information
E-mail: munoz@ucar.edu
May 21, 1997
BOULDER--The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers guided noontime tours of its Mesa Laboratory this summer, Monday through Saturday, from June 16 through August 30, 1997. No reservations are needed and there is no fee. The dramatic work of world-famous architect I.M. Pei, NCAR's Mesa Laboratory is located at the west end of Table Mesa Drive (exit off U.S. 36) in southwest Boulder.

The hour-long tours include hands-on exhibits from the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco that illustrate lightning, tornadoes, and other atmospheric phenomena. Also in the tour are interactive real-time weather and climate-change displays, exhibits on aviation weather hazards, and various robotic weather instruments. NCAR's scientific computing facility with several high-performance supercomputers is also on view.

Besides the science, visitors may enjoy the building itself, inspired by Mesa Verde, and its spectacular setting next to Boulder's Flatirons. Two art galleries offer changing displays, and the library and cafeteria are open to the public on weekdays.

Among the hiking trails on and around the NCAR mesa is the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail, adjacent to the building, which is the only handicapped-accessible nature trail in Boulder. A trail guidebook is available in the lobby.

For those who cannot take the noontime guided tour, a self-guided tour is available throughout the day, seven days a week. The building's hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

The noontime tours are for individuals and families; organized groups wishing to tour NCAR should make a reservation for another time of day by calling 303-497-1173.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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