Open House Info Page

Photos and programs from previous years:

WMRC will not be hosting an open house event in 2012.

We are sorry for this inconvenience.

We will hold an OPEN GATE DAY on Sunday, September 2, 2012. The station itself will NOT be open to the public on this day and we ask that you do not disturb staff or researchers at the station. PLEASE OBSERVE AND FOLLOW ANY PARKING RESTRICTIONS AT THE BARCROFT STATION. NOTE: Barcroft Station is located at 12,500 feet elevation. Discomfort and altitude sickness can happen to anyone regardless of age or physical condition. If you question your reaction to high-altitude environments, please consult your physician before attempting to drive to the Barcroft Station.




The public is cordially invited to a day of hiking and educational activities in the White Mountains on Sunday August 7, 2011.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of California White Mountain Research Station (WMRC), Friends of WMRC, and the Inyo National Forest. The event will combine interpretive programs and natural history walks at the Bristlecone Pine Visitor Center, an Open House at the Pace Laboratory (WMRC Research Facility at Mt. Barcroft), and “open gate” day for hikers who wish to ascend 14,242 ft. White Mountain Peak.

This once-a-year opportunity to drive up to the Pace Lab (Barcroft Station), normally restricted by a locked gate, includes short lectures by visiting researchers, poster displays, light refreshments, Kim Smiley's "Road Kill Museum", and sales of souvenirs. For more information, see the speakers' program.

The gate to the Pace laboratory will open at 6:30 AM and close at 6:00 PM. Car pooling is highly recommended as parking is limited. Friends of WMRC (wearing orange vests), Research Station faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Researcher’s talks and other presentations at the Barcroft facility will begin at 11:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM.

The Pace and Summit Laboratories are the highest altitude facilities of their kind in North America, and have a 60-year history of significant scientific research in diverse fields, including high altitude medicine, alpine ecology, geosciences, and astrophysics.

Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and your ability to adapt to high altitudes: The elevation at the Barcroft facility is 12,500 ft. and at the Summit Lab is 14,242 ft. Go very slowly unless you are acclimated, and be prepared for any kind of weather (see photo links above)!

PLEASE NOTE: Discomfort and altitude sickness can happen to anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. If you have questions or concerns about your reaction to high-altitude environments, please consult your physician before attempting to drive to the Barcroft Station.


11:00 AM • MOVIE SHOWING - In the Shadow of White Mountain: Exploring North America’s Highest Research Station (60 minutes) An Emmy award-winning documentary narrated by Peter Coyote that takes you to the summit of the highest research lab in North America, weaving a story of how this unique access is yielding an understanding of change; from physiology to climate, from the oldest known living organism to a short-lived beetle, and what this understanding means for all.

12:30 PM • Stuck between a rock and a hard place: Climate Sensitivity of Sierra Nevada Insects Sarah Heidl- Sonoma State University, Department of Biology

1:15 PM • Putting the White Mountains on the Map Daniel Pritchett-UC White Mountain Research Station

2:00 PM • Update on acclimatization at High Altitude Frank Powell- Director of UC White Mountain Research Station Professor of Physiology UC San Diego

3:00 PM • The Threat of White Nose Syndrome to the Bats of the Southwest Craig Frank-Professor of Biology- Fordham University

BARCROFT ENERGY SYSTEM TOURS Meet John Smiley, Associate Director of White Mountain Research Station near Sales Booth at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM