NCAR Explorer Series

NCAR Explorer Series

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) invites you to join us for our Explorer Series. Get an inside look at the advances our scientists are making in areas of study that stretch from Earth’s oceans, forests, and cities up through the layers of the atmosphere to the scorching swirls of plasma on the Sun. Recommended ages 12+.

Upcoming Event

Jo Hecker - Kid's Science Show: No Fear of Science!

Do sparklers burn in outer space? How does a human electric circuit work? What happens in our head when we eat something crunchy? How can you produce real artificial snow in no time? Bring your curious minds and discover the world of science through a fun and exciting science show at the NCAR Mesa Lab hosted by Jo Hecker! These experiments are for adventurous people from 8 to 99 years that everyone can try at home with experiements depicted in Jo Hecker’s four nonfiction bestselling books.

Jo Hecker is an electrical engineer who has worked in science education for nearly 20 years. He is an author of popular science books for children and hosts kid’s TV shows.

For more information about Jo Hecker

Thursday, May 17th at 4:30 pm
4:30 - 5:30 pm Science Show
5:30 - 6:00 pm Meet the Scientist
Location: NCAR Mesa Lab

Limited seating: please order free tickets here, EventBrite Ticketing
Event ages 8+

Tickets are going fast!
Once we are sold out, please know that you are still invited to come to the Mesa Lab and sign up for the waitlist (entrance to the show is not guaranteed), enjoy the exhibits, and trails.

Tim & Jo playing with clouds

2018 NCAR Explorers

Scott LandoltDr. Richard Loft
Picture of Scott LandoltPicture of Richard Loft
Antarctica: Catching Snow in the World’s Southernmost DesertWhat are the limits of modeling our planet?
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Dr. Rebecca MorssDr. William Lipscomb
Picture of Rebecca MorssPicture of Bill Lipscomb
Hurricane forecasts: Communicating risks to communitiesIce Sheets and Sea Level Rise
Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday. October 24, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Wednesday Event Agenda

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Our hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, and the Sun-Earth connection will be open for viewing before the talk, with NCAR staff on hand to answer your questions.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talk 

8:00 - 8:30 p.m Questions & conversations 

Saturday Event Agenda 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Our hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, and the Sun-Earth connection will be open for viewing before the talk, with NCAR staff on hand to answer your questions.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Talk 

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Questions & conversations 

Get your ticket now!

The NCAR Explorer Series is free, but seating is limited. Click here to get your free ticket. Contact Lorena Medina at or 303-497-1609 for more information. If you don't live here in Boulder, or you'd prefer to watch over the internet, you can stream the event in real time at UCARLive  and check out the tweets at #NCARexplorer.

Accessibility and Parking

The address for the event is 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305. Directions and a map can be found on our website. We have ample parking at the Mesa Lab for all visitors. There will be a uniformed security officer near the building entrance (at the end of Table Mesa Drive) who will be able to answer questions about parking. The officer will guide drivers who have a disability parking plate or placard, or those with passengers who would have difficulty walking from the parking lot, to appropriate parking spaces or to the drop-off location. Please let us know if we can help with any other accessibility needs, by emailing Please do not call security with general questions related to the event. 
A sign language interpreter will be present at all the Explorer Series lectures held at the NCAR Mesa Lab.


Contact Lorena Medina at or 303-497-1609 for more information.

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