FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 1997|
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Telephone: (303) 497-8605
Fax: (303) 497-8610
Inspired by a similar trail at the Swiss Meteorological Institute in Gstaad, the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail is believed to be the first interpretive trail in North America dedicated to weather and climate. The 0.4-mile (0.6-kilometer), wheelchair-accessible loop extends west from the Mesa Lab, at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in South Boulder. It includes a spur that connects to the Boulder Mountain Parks system just north of Bear Creek. The trail features 11 signs, each focusing on a single phenomenon that may be observed--or whose effects may be evident--from points along the way. Sign topics include
Formerly the Walter Orr Roberts Nature Trail, the path was improved in 1989 with support from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Public Service Company of Colorado, and the city of Boulder. This year's enhancements were supported by Friends of UCAR, a nonprofit development fund that contributes to UCAR's informal science education efforts. (For membership or other information on Friends of UCAR, contact UCAR development director Cynthia Schmidt, 303-497-2107, email@example.com.)
Hikers may use the Mesa Lab's parking lot weekdays and weekends till sunset. The building itself, which features a number of weather-related exhibits, is open to the public for self-guided tours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Free guided noontime tours of the center, which was designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, are available on a drop-in basis each summer weekday through August 30 and each Wednesday during the fall, winter, and spring.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of the Mesa Lab and environs may be obtained by contacting Nita Razo at the above address, phone, and e-mail. A "virtual trail" will be available on the World Wide Web beginning July 7.
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