Field Trip Guide

Field Trip Guide

 


Before Making Your Reservation:

Make sure you have the following information before contacting us to schedule your field trip:

  • Your preferred field trip dates and times (field trips are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and slots fill up quickly)
  • Information about your group, including age/grade of the students and number of students, teachers, and chaperones (an 8:1 ratio is suggested)
  • Transportation to NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, 80305
  • Information about any individuals with disabilities or other needs requiring accommodation
  • Your preferred Science Learning Lab
  • Contact information for you and/or your school for the day of the field trip
  • Plans for lunch (if applicable)
  • An email address and phone number for the main contact from your group

Making Your Reservation:

  • Contact Us to find out about availability.
  • We recommend scheduling your field trip at least six months in advance as slots fill up quickly.
  • After making your reservation, please confirm with us at least one week prior to your visit.

Cancellations:

  • To cancel a confirmed field trip, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. If a last-minute cancellation is necessary, please contact us by phone at 303.497.2401 as soon as possible.

Learning Labs

The Center offers a wide variety of Science Learning Labs for students of all ages. Check out the Labs below or contact us to talk about customizing your own!

Jump to a section:

Grades K - 1

Grades 2 - 3

Grades 4 - 5

Grades 6 - 8

Grades 9 - 12

Grades K - 1:

Name That Cloud: Observe and identify different types of clouds. Students will also model their favorite clouds and watch a cloud burst into action. Weather permitting, we will go out on our weather trail and use the NCAR cloud viewer to identify the clouds by their scientific names.

Grades 2 - 3:

Air: A Piece of the Weather Puzzle: Students experiment with changing the temperature in a bubble to show how air behaves. This lab is designed to help students explore the properties of convection.

Weather Trail Discovery: Students embark upon a treasure hunt to see firsthand how weather impacts our surroundings. While walking we’ll be looking for and learning about the wonders that exist in NCAR’s backyard. Students will use weather instruments to learn how scientists collect and use data to understand weather.

Exploring Earth's Polar Regions: Learn about the top and bottom of our planet. Arctic and Antarctic regions of the Earth are discussed in this Learning Lab. Students learn how penguins communicate and care for their young and what keeps polar bears warm

Grades 4 - 5

Simply Shocking: Students will learn about lightning safety and electricity. We explore why some clouds have an electrical charge and how charge separation creates lightning. Activities include learning the parts of an atom, generating a static charge, and interacting with a Van de Graaff generator.
 

Under Pressure: Recount the historic 2005 Atlantic hurricane season with its many named storms, devastation, and hurricanes such as Katrina and Wilma, and also look at the current hurricane season. Find out how air pressure and ocean temperatures impact hurricanes. Student activities address atmospheric pressure, the Bernoulli principle and how hurricanes impact the Earth.
 

Water Cycle Dynamics: Students explore where water is found in the Earth system. Students learn about the percentage and distribution of salt versus fresh water and explore how water impacts Earth’s living organisms. The water cycle game is included in this Learning Lab.

Modeling the Sky: Inside Weather Data: Students learn how meteorologists use weather instruments to collect data to inform the development of weather models and forecasts. Activities include using infrared temperature thermometers and hand-held weather stations to observe the atmospheric conditions at NCAR. 

Grades 6 - 8:

Computer Models with 3D Demonstrations: Learn how NCAR supports scientists in their use of mathematical models. We’ll venture into NCAR’s state-of-the-art 3D Visualization Laboratory to see how these models represent weather and climate. Students will play the Systems Game to experience the complex interactions of our Earth systems.

Modeling the Sky: Inside Weather Data: Students learn how meteorologists use weather instruments to collect data to inform the development of weather models and forecasts. Activities include using infrared temperature thermometers and hand-held weather stations to observe the atmospheric conditions at NCAR. 

Grades 9 - 12:

Please note that we welcome individualized program requests.

Computer Models with 3D Demonstrations: Learn how NCAR supports scientists in their use of mathematical models. We’ll venture into NCAR’s state-of-the-art 3D Visualization Laboratory to see how these models represent weather and climate. Students will play the Systems Game to experience the complex interactions of our Earth systems.


 

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