Climate and Climate Change

by  Mount Washington Observatory

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For over 90 years, Mount Washington Observatory meteorologists have been braving the elements to measure and record weather data – even when temperatures drop well below zero and winds exceed 100 mph! Since MWOBS' founding in 1932, we have built a data record which gives observatory scientists the unique opportunity to study climate. Take a virtual visit to the Mount Washington Observatory and learn about global climate, how it has and is changing, and climate change solutions. 

The true meaning of climate and climate change can often get lost in the buzz surrounding these topics. It is important that younger generations develop a foundational understanding of climate and climate change so that they may be mindful of the various elements and processes that affect Earth's weather. This program will explore the five components of Earth's climate system, Earth's climate through the past 800,000 years, natural and human causes of climate change, and climate change solutions. Additional student activities include a follow-up worksheet and a Greenhouse Effect experiment.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00

For individual programs: $200 for the first, $155 for the second, and $125 for each thereafter


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum, but for optimum program interactivity, we suggest at least 10 students

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Mathematics, Sciences, STEM , Weather, Climate

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Booking Information

This program is not available on Wednesdays

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Mount Washington Observatory

North Conway, NH
United States

The Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit organization aiming to advance the understanding of Earth's weather and climate. We achieve this through weather operations, research and product testing, and educational outreach.

In the northeastern United States, a unique combination of topography, geography, and geology creates one of the world’s most extreme environments – the summit of Mount Washington. Nowhere else on Earth experiences such consistent sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, freezing fog, and driving snow. These extreme conditions have earned Mount Washington the title, “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”.

Through our distance learning programs, we make it easy for students to visit this extreme environment virtually. Students have the opportunity to learn about weather and climate directly from the people who study it every day. Weather observers living and working at the Observatory’s legendary summit weather station will share their first-hand knowledge and experience in an exciting, interactive format. Close that textbook and enter the alpine zone!

Brian Fitzgerald

Program Details


I. Preparation: It is recommended that teachers prepare students by briefly introducing the science of climatology and what the Mount Washington Observatory is. Please refer to the provided supplemental resources and to our website, mountwashington.org.

II. Introduction: The live program will begin with a brief introduction and discussion about current weather conditions on the summit of Mount Washington - where the scientist will be presenting from.

III. Program Presentation: The presenter will move through a prepared slideshow presentation about the earth's climate and climate change.

IV. Q&A: Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything related to earth's climate and climate change.


In this program, students will:
1. Learn about the differences between weather and climate
2. Learn about the earth's climate zones
3. Learn about the five components of Earth's climate system
4. Learn about natural and human-made drivers of climate change
5. Learn about the impacts of climate change

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2A 6-8 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A 9-12 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 9-12 -- Weather and climate
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 9-12 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3D 6-8 -- Global climate change
ESS3D 9-12 -- Global climate change