Want to arrive early and take part in even more exploration of Colorado? Great!

See details below:


This year, those who arrive early for the Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference will have an opportunity to visit three world class environmental laboratories:

1.     The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 33 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy. We will have a guided tour of a portion of the laboratory, led by a scientist who specializes in the concerns of faith congregations. Their web site is at www.nrel.gov.

2.     The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. A tour at NCAR offers an informative view of weather, climate, and the broad spectrum of atmospheric research at a world-class science laboratory. Learn about current Earth science research spanning our planet’s changing climate to atmospheric chemistry and the genesis of severe weather phenomena. See scientific observational tools including some of the fastest supercomputers in existence today. For more information, see their web site at ncar.ucar.edu.

3.     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Boulder Laboratories

At the Boulder Laboratory we will enjoy “Science on a Sphere:” Here’s a description: Science On a Sphere (SOS)® is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

There will be two housing options for those who choose to arrive on August 30:

1.     Complimentary guest housing with members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder, arranged by the St. Andrew Green Team. Transportation from Denver International Airport to Boulder is available through RTD ($  ) or by arrangement with host families.

2.     Housing in Golden at the Candlewood Suites. Cost for a double room is $79. Please reserve directly with the hotel at (303) 232-7171.  The hotel address is 895 Tabor Street Golden, CO 80401

Transportation will be provided with ten-passenger vans, one of which will leave from St. Andrew’s parking lot at 9 a.m. on August 31, and the other which will depart the Candlewood Suites at 9:30 a.m. Both vans will travel to NREL in Golden, where our tour will begin at 10 a.m. We will depart at Noon from NREL and head toward Boulder; box lunches will be provided. The balance of the afternoon will be spent at NCAR and NOAA, and we will depart in time to arrive at Highlands Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark by 5:30 p.m. for check-in.

Security at Federal sites is important, so please be sure to have with you a valid driver’s license or other official photo-ID, such as a U.S. Passport, for clearance.

Cost is $60 per participant, including transportation, guided tours and the box lunch. Checks payable to Presbyterians for Earth Care and indicate “Pre Con Trip” in Memo line.

This trip is limited to the first twenty participants, with a waiting list. Reservations will be accepted until August 10, 2011. 

Please note registration for the pre-conference trips is not available on the Highlands Conference Registration site, as this is a separate PEC event.

If you would like to register for these activities, please contact St Andrew Presbyterian Church and mark all correspondence as “PEC Pre-Conference Tour.”

St Andrew Presbyterian Church

3700 Baseline Road Boulder, CO 80303

(303) 494-8094 office@standrewboulder.org