Open House    *   Open Labs    *   Open Hangar Day 

Saturday, June 5, 2010   *   9:00 am - 4:00 pm   *    rain or shine

  We're sorry you missed this event. You can take a virtual tour here of our three-location open house.
Hands on the Atmosphere:
Instruments, Data & Technology
Eyes on the Sky:
Airborne Global Research
Voices of History:
NCAR & UCAR through the Decades

Foothills Laboratory

(North Boulder)

Foothills LabA rare peek behind the scenes at our Foothills Laboratory
(all ages invited)

Research Aviation Facility

(Broomfield Airport)

Research Aviation FacilitySee our high-tech research jet, meet our pilots, scientists and engineers
(all ages invited)


Mesa Lab

(South Boulder)

Mesa LabLearn about our history, see our supercomputers, and view live images from satellites and solar telescopes.
(best for ages 12 and up)

Featured Activities

  • View a sailplane, an emergency helicopter, a snowplow, and lots of high-tech gear used in our research
  • Learn from scientists how air pollution happens
  • Tour our precision machine shop, where scientific instruments are built from scratch
  • Watch a weather balloon launch
  • Have fun with hands-on activities suitable for the whole family

Featured Activities

  • Get close to HIAPER, our specially outfitted Gulfstream V research jet
  • Talk to our pilots, scientists, engineers, and mechanics about that they do
  • View videos of the G-V in action and scenes from our field campaigns

Featured Activities

  • Hosts in period costumes guide you through the decades in world and atmospheric science history
  • Talk to scientists about our climate research
  • See our supercomputers in action, and ask about the discoveries we make with them
  • View treasures from our archives
  • We’ll be streaming live images from satellites and our solar observatory in Hawaii

Your Passport to the Atmospheric Sciences

Download Passport Brochure (PDF)
This brochure is your passport to scientific exploration. Find the welcome center at each site to get your souvenir "passport" stamped.

Locations & Directions

A near-zero-waste event with over 90% reusable, recyclable, or compostable materials. Please arrive by carpool (best for Mesa Lab & RAF) or bike and/or bus (best for Foothills Lab).

Mesa Lab Research Aviation Facility

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Foothills Lab Mesa Lab Research Aviation Facility Locations & Directions