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Come Visit Us at Lamont Open House

We also put ping pong balls to the test to show the hurling power of volcanoes. Definitely an Open House fan favorite.
A simulated volcanic eruption at Lamont’s Open House.

On October 8, members of the public are welcome to explore the world-class research facilities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Once a year, scientists at the Columbia Climate School’s main campus for climate and earth science research come out to share their work and discoveries via talks, tours, and hands-on experiments that are fun and engaging for the whole family. Although the event had to go virtual during the height of the pandemic, the campus’s doors are opening once again this year for an in-person Open House.

Attendees will learn about the current developments in the earth sciences, and about how our increasing understanding of the planet helps preserve its future. Different exhibits are aimed at different ages and educational levels, from elementary school-age children to college students to those well-versed in the earth sciences.

Take a peek at some of our previous activities, and learn more about this year’s talks and exhibits. The lineup changes every year, but here are a few notable additions:

  • Turn temperature data into yarn art with the Tempestry Project (#13)
  • Play with Legos and lasers to learn about how researchers map the seafloor (#12)
  • Enjoy an immersive video from a volcanic eruption, captured by drone (#10)
  • Bring a soil sample or paint chip from your home to test for lead (#7)
  • Attend a lecture about how our scientists are turning CO2 into stone.

And there is so much more!

Lamont Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Register and find out more here.

Please note that to comply with Columbia University’s health and safety policy, all attendees at in-person events must be prepared to provide proof of primary COVID-19 vaccination.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

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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