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2001-MA1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2001

NCAR Happenings: Summer 2001

David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
Fax: (303) 497-8610
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

Zhenya Gallon
Telephone: 303-497-8607
Fax: 303-497-8610
E-mail: zhenya@ucar.edu

BOULDER -- Here's information on what to see and do at the National Center for Atmospheric Research this summer. NCAR's Visitor Center at the Mesa Laboratory is located at the west end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder.

Exhibits and Tours

The NCAR Mesa Lab is a working scientific research laboratory; its Visitor Center welcomes the public 365 days a year. Parking and admission are free; the building and weather trail are wheelchair accessible. Visitors will discover interactive, hands-on exhibits about weather and climate, a video introducing the people of NCAR and the world of atmospheric research, two art galleries with changing displays, and an outdoor weather trail with breathtaking views of Boulder's Flatiron Mountains and the city below. The Mesa Lab itself is a popular attraction with its unique design by architect I.M. Pei. Lunch and snacks are available in the cafeteria on weekdays.

Guided tours start at noon and last one hour, seven days a week, all year round. No reservations are needed (except for school, camp, or other large groups). Self-guided tours are always available during the hours the building is open: weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NCAR's Science Store is celebrating its first birthday. The Science Store is packed with educational and souvenir items, all with a weather and climate theme. Examples include

  • books for all ages, from picture books to field guides to works by NCAR scientists

  • science kits for building a weather station, making lightning, or exploring the stars

  • jewelry, solar-powered watches, and the world's first GPS wristwatch

  • NCAR clothing (T-shirts, vests, hats) in sizes from toddlers to adults

For recorded information call 303-497-1174, or go to the Web site and click on "visit us."

NCAR Art Galleries

The art galleries at the NCAR Visitor Center offer changing displays by regional artists. Parking and admission are free and the building is wheelchair accessible. Open weekdays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., weekends and holidays 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Information: 303-497-8612; lcarbone@ucar.edu.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of 66 universities offering Ph.D.s in atmospheric and related sciences.

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The exhibits at the NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center invite hands-on discovery of the physical forces at play in the atmosphere.

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Pastels by Mike Hampton are featured in Gallery I at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, July 1-29.

-The End-

See also:
Visiting NCAR
NCAR Community Art Program

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