Fun Classroom and Lab Activities with College Professors, Broadcast Meteorologists, and NWS Employees


June 11, 2013

The Atmospheric Sciences Department at Lyndon State College will be hosting a weather day camp on the weekend of August 3 and 4. The day camp is open to students who will be entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade this fall.

Budding young scientists who register for the camp will be exposed to one of the nation’s top undergraduate atmospheric sciences programs. Activities will consist of a lively mix of classroom and lab exercises involving cloud identification, fronts, spotting tornadoes and severe weather on radar, and climate change. Campers will explore the atmosphere by launching a weather balloon and analyzing the data. There will also be an exercise in TV weather casting conducted at LSC’s News7 studio – – the same studio where the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and the Fairbanks Museum’s Eye On The Sky meteorologists learned their craft.

Eleanor Vallier-Talbot from the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Massachusetts will give a talk Sunday morning. Vallier-Talbot is co-author of “The Nature Company Guides Weather” book. On Sunday afternoon, the students will give presentations on what they have learned. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend the presentations. Activities conclude Sunday afternoon with a barbecue for campers, parents, and camp staff.

Students will arrive on campus Saturday morning, will leave campus after the activities conclude on Saturday afternoon, and then return to campus on Sunday morning. Camp attendance is limited to 20 campers, but there are still a few spots left.

The fee of $175 covers all learning activities, an LSC Weather Camp T-shirt, Saturday lunch and Sunday barbecue, two snack breaks on Saturday, and one on Sunday. For information, contact LSC Weather Camp Director Lawrence Hayes at or phone Christina Cotnoir at 802 626-6747. More information and online application can also be found at

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