- Our Facility
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Open Weekdays (8am - 5pm) and Saturdays (10am - 4pm)
(Closed Sundays and holidays)
8120 Veta Drive • Cheyenne, WY 82009
Field trips to the NWSC Facility are available to school, camp, club, and home school groups Monday through Friday throughout the year. The typical field trip includes a self-guided tour of the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center. Each exhibit incorporates hands-on science activities designed to meaningfully engage students in science learning. Groups may spend as much or as little time in the Visitor Center as desired. For groups with students 5 to 12 years old, we suggest a minimum two-hour visit so that they have adequate time for exploration of the NCAR exhibits. Children under the age of 14 should be supervised by an adult at all times while at the NWSC.
We recommend that teachers and/or school group leaders visit the facility in advance of their scheduled group visit, to become familiar with the exhibits and to ensure a successful self-guided tour.
To schedule your field trip, please use the Field Trip Request Form. You will be asked to provide the following information:
To cancel a confirmed field trip, please contact the scheduler at least two weeks in advance of your confirmed date.
Non-school group special tours of the facility are available on a limited basis, by arrangement only. Space fills up quickly, so we suggest you submit a written request as far in advance as possible (one month or more) by completing the Special Tour Request Form. The maximum group size that can be accommodated at any one time is 40 individuals; however, this figure is also dependent on staff availability on the date and time under consideration. For groups with members under the age of 14, certain restrictions will apply and the scope of the tours may be limited. Tours can last from 45 - 90 minutes and require continuous standing and walking, including several flights of stairs. Appropriate attire and footwear is required to tour the facility; no open-toe shoes or high heels.
Your comments are important to us. We would like to know about your visit to the NWSC and would appreciate feedback about your experience. You may text your comments to 321.684.NWSC (6972). You may also pick up a form at the Security desk at the NWSC during your visit, or use the Online Visitor Feedback Form. Thank you for your input.
The NWSC is the result of a partnership between University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company. The NWSC is operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.
The NWSC’s first supercomputer is called Yellowstone, named after the world’s first established national park, and in honor of Wyoming’s important role in making the NWSC a reality. This machine is capable of 1.5 quadrillion calculations per second—or, in computing terms, 1.5 petaflops. “FLOPS” stands for “floating point operations per second.”