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Nancy Serrell
Director of Science and Technology Outreach
Dartmouth College, Office of the Provost
6068 Blunt Alumni Center, Room 309
Hanover, NH 03755
Telephone: (603) 646-9756
Fax: (603) 646-3733
E-mail: Nancy Serrell
Sara Riordan
Science Outreach Coordinator
Dartmouth College, Office of the Provost 
6068 Blunt Alumni Center
Hanover, NH 03775
Telephone: (603) 646-0397
Fax: (603) 646-3733
E-mail: Sara Riordan 

Programs for the General Public

Science Pub at Salt hill

Thirsty for a good conversation in a comfortable atmosphere? Do you have questions you would like to ask a scientist or would you just like to sit back, relax and learn something new about the world? Come to a Science Pub for an open, thought-provoking, easy-to-understand discussion.

A Science Pub is not a lecture but is a good conversation. Enjoy your refreshments or dinner while engaging with your community and local scientists.

The 2012-13 Science Pub at Salt hill season will begin in September and we will meet the third Thursday of most months through May from 5:30-7:30 at the Salt hill Pub, Lebanon. Brought to you by Dartmouth College and Salt hill Pub, Lebanon.

The Department of Biological Sciences Greenhouse

grad student and kids in greenhouse

The Department of Biological Sciences Greenhouse houses an extensive and varied plant collection with a wide range of diversity, utility and beauty. Among its most popular collections is the Brout Orchid Collection, which includes thousands of species of orchids.There is also a tropical plant room, a sub-tropical room, and xeric room.  While continuing its primary educational mission, this living botanical museum is available for community and school tours. It's open to the public from 8:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.  The Greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of Class of 1978 Life Sciences Building at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Cost: None
When: Ongoing
Contact:Kim Delong, Greenhouse Curator and Manager (603) 646-2382, or e-mail


The Institute for Lifelong Learning at Dartmouth or ILEAD is a continuing education program for adults similar to more than 300 volunteer-run programs at institutions of higher education throughout the country. Dartmouth faculty, emeriti, graduate students and post-doctoral students are welcome as guest lecturers. The primary purpose of ILEAD is to promote learning through the study of topics selected and led by Institute members. ILEAD is joined to Dartmouth College by a charter, but membership is open to anyone in the Upper Valley region regardless of age, academic background or college affiliation. The group has over 1,500 members. ILEAD courses are often drawn from the humanities, such as the upcoming courses for fall term (September 17 – November 9, 2012) "Basic French for Travel," "Vermont Marble," "Exploring Africa: Then and Now" "National Lampoon's: Animal House," "Lady in Gold" & "The Mysterious Conversation," and "Sustainable Agriculture".

When: Ongoing
Cost: The annual membership fee for ILEAD(July 1 – June 30) is $60 per person. Course fees are $55 for 5-8 week courses and $30 for 2-4 week courses.
Contact: Lisa King, Program Coordinator, (603) 646-0154 or e-mail ILEAD.

Jones Seminars

Jones Seminars on Science, Technology and Society, conceived as “lively discussions for the curious-minded community,” are weekly guest-lecturer gatherings for engineering students and other members of the greater Dartmouth campus, as well as teachers, high school students and the interested general public. Established through an endowment by Charles C. Jones (Dartmouth class of 1918, Thayer Class of 1919), the seminars began in the 1970s as highly specialized lectures for small audiences. Topics are now more wide-ranging, and discussion is informed by questions from Thayer doctoral students, who do supplemental reading and gather before or after seminars for more detailed discussion. Recent seminar topics have included “Global Energy Perspectives,” “Learning in Games and Feedback Control” and “Climate Policy in the Face of Irreducible Uncertainty.” Seminars take place in Spanos Auditorium (Room 100) of Cummings Hall in the Thayer School of Engineering.

When: Fridays at 3:30 p.m. (refreshments at 3:15 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Contact: Fearn Pate, Thayer School of Engineering, (603) 646-2456.

Stargazing at the Shattuck Observatory

Built in 1854, Shattuck Observatory sits on a hill behind the Wilder physics building and is the oldest scientific building on campus. The Department of Physics and Astronomy opens Shattuck Observatory for pubic viewing of the moon, planets, and stars during the terms Dartmouth is in session. School visits can also be arranged. Visitors may park anywhere in the nearby parking lots during observing hours. (Please do not park in the small dirt lot just behind the Observatory.) Observing is only possible under good weather conditions — mostly clear skies with little chance of rain or snow.

Current Schedule: Friday nights: 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM -- June 22 through August 26
To find out if a session is on for a given Friday, please call 646-9100
Cost: Free
Contact: If the weather is questionable, call (603) 646-9100 and select option 2 to find out the current status of an observing session. Selecting option 1 will give dates and times for the current term.

Last Updated: 11/20/12