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Our Biggest, Best Event of the Year is Going Virtual

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Join us October 19-22 for Lamont Open House at Home. This year, we’ll be bringing all the science fun and discovery of this iconic hands-on event right to you. Lamont Open House at Home is four days filled with exciting and informative virtual earth science activities for children, families, educators, and science enthusiasts of all ages.

Among the wide range of offerings at this year’s virtual event will be:

Discover Lamont: A Virtual Science Adventure

Take an interactive journey through Lamont’s campus and field stations to learn about climate science. This puzzle-filled escape-room-like game will entertain, educate and keep everyone guessing! Coming soon.

Interactive K-12 workshops

An Open House volunteer shows visitors the Core Repository at Open House 2018.

Every afternoon, two workshops for different age groups will be offered, covering a wide range of earth and environmental science topics. Each session will be led by one of our own Lamont scientists, giving learners the opportunity to gain knowledge firsthand from experts.

Panel discussions

Join us for live discussions with experts from across the Lamont campus, including Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Broaden your perspective on topics like sea level rise, diversity in the geosciences, the impact of climate change on health, and more.

Inspiring talks

Tune in each morning for a dynamic, in-depth discussion by a Lamont expert. Topics will include: climate and human evolution; predicting volcanic eruptions; what a hotter planet means for people and ecosystems; and the state of our ice sheets. Featured experts include geochemist and paleontologist Kevin Uno, volcanologist Einat Lev, climate scientist Radley Horton, and geochemist Gisela Winckler.


Lamont scientists and researchers are creating video demonstrations and step-by-step guides so you can try science experiments in your own home! Make your own oobleck out of corn starch, build the Thwaites Glacier out of paper, and more. Revisit these demos all week on your own schedule.

We also put ping pong balls to the test to show the hurling power of volcanoes. Definitely an Open House fan favorite.
An Open House fan favorite uses ping pong balls to show the hurling power of volcanoes.

Lab tours

Get a behind-the-scenes look at where the magic (ahem, science) happens! Scientists will take you into their labs—including the iconic Core Repository—to see their samples, tools, and equipment.

A young visitor inspects a specimen in the Tree Ring Lab at Open House 2019.

Websites, games, and videos

Many of Lamont’s research groups, including the Seismic Sound Lab and the Tree Ring Lab, are putting together games, websites, and videos that you can watch anytime you want to learn a little something.

Register for Lamont Open House at Home by October 8 and you can request our LDEO To-Go Packet by mail featuring all-ages activities inspired by our research in Antarctica and Greenland.

Stay tuned as we finalize our most action-packed Open House schedule yet! Visit to learn more.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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