Upcoming Programs

Mountain and Stars Program

This summer the Appalachian Mountain Club, in partnership with Carthage College, Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Stony Brook University will host 8 Astronomy Guides based out of our AMC Huts and Lodges in New Hampshire and Maine thanks to generous funding through the National Science Foundation. The Astronomy Guides will provide public program delivery including solar observations, night sky viewing, and dark sky conservation awareness to guests and visitors. AMC’s existing partnership with New Hampshire State Parks will extend this programming to Saturdays this summer at the Flume Gorge Visitor Information Center in Franconia Notch State Park. Additional program descriptions and dates are noted below so join us this summer for “Mountains of Stars!”

Stay connected with us at facebook.com/amccarthageastronomy.com and mountainofstars.org.

Fee based family programs will be held at Highland, Joe Dodge, and Cardigan Lodges. Each family program at AMC this summer will include a component of astronomy led by AMC Staff or volunteers. These programs will be age appropriate, and range from outdoor stargazing, to indoor planetarium viewing, and other activities such as building a model solar system and building mini-planetariums.

Complimentary Lodge Presentations:

Highland Center: May 26, June 23, July 21, and August 4
Joe Dodge Lodge: June 16, July 28, August 18

Dr. Douglas Arion, Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. Learn about the amazing sequence of events that led to the formation of the solar system and the Earth, and how we have come to understand what we are and why we are here. Following the presentation, (weather permitting) there will be observing through telescopes.

Free, Daily Walk-on Day and Evening Programs:

Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center:
Astronomy Guides and AMC staff/volunteers will deliver astronomy programs daily, May 28 – August 19. Weather permitting, our Astronomy Guides will have telescopes out on the Highland Center lawn or Pinkham courtyard, offering a closer look and expert insight on objects in space. Topics range from sunspots and solar flares to moon phases, constellation identification and more. They’ll also provide information and opportunities to observe special astronomical events such as meteor showers, planet viewing, eclipses and comets. When weather doesn’t allow for direct viewing, astronomy programming will be held indoors in a table talk format, with topics including dark sky conservation, constellation identification, and more. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

High Huts, June 1 – August 19:
As part of the ongoing series of educational programs offered by the AMC Hut Naturalists, astronomy talks and observing will be offered throughout the summer. Two Astronomy Guides will rotate through the hut system offering daytime and evening astronomy programs to hut guests on topics such as direct viewing, sunspots and solar flares, dark sky conservation, and constellation identification. The guides will also support hut crew education efforts on dark sky conservation and telescope viewing opportunities. Telescopes are available at each hut for daytime (solar) and nighttime viewing opportunities.

High Huts, Late August – late October:
Fall opportunities for educational programs continue in the late season at all huts. Fall hut staff will be trained on telescope use as the opportunities for direct viewing increase with the shortening of day length.

Self-Service Huts, November – April:
AMC caretakers at backcountry huts will be trained on telescope viewing, constellation identification, and dark sky conservation. Informal programs are offered weather permitting.

Maine Woods Lodges:
Astronomy Guides will deliver astronomy programs daily, May 28 – August 19. Weather permitting, our Astronomy Guides will have telescopes out at the wilderness lodges (Gorman-Chairback and Medawisla), offering a closer look and expert insight on objects in space. Topics range from sunspots and solar flares to moon phases, constellation identification and more. They’ll also focus on astronomical events such as meteor showers, planet viewing, eclipses and comets. When weather doesn’t allow for direct viewing, astronomy programming will be held indoors in a table talk format, with topics including dark sky conservation, constellation identification, and more. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

Franconia Notch State Park, NH:
Astronomy Guide teams will deliver astronomy outreach programming periodically – May 28 – August 19, weather permitting. Our Guides will set up telescopes and offer a closer look and expert insight on sunspots and solar flares. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

2018 Celestial Events at AMC Highland Center:

Perseid Meteor Showers:
On August 12, part of the predicted “peak” of this meteor shower, AMC will host a meteor shower viewing party at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch. The evening will start with a BBQ dinner (available for purchase) at Highland Center, followed by an evening of learning and observing about the skies above and this amazing phenomenon.

AMC Highland Center polar star trails by James Lowenthal

Upcoming Astronomy Activities

Yoga Retreat

Status: Open
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 5:00PM - Sunday, September 23, 2018 11:00AM
Activity: Hiking,Yoga,Paddling - Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

1924: A World Class Austria Cross Country Skiing Adventure in Seefeld\/Leutasch

Status: Open
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Monday, March 11, 2019
Activity: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic),Cultural