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For almost 50 years, the Talcott Mountain Science Center (TMSC) has been inspiring a love for learning through the wonders of science and technology. Once a NIKE missile site representing technology in service of national defense, the mountaintop now hosts a unique, private, non-profit educational and research facility that launches minds on voyages of inquiry and discovery.

Committed to stimulating the minds of its students through a ‘hands-on’ approach to science teaching and learning, Talcott Mountain Science Center educates students with the knowledge and the skills that they will need to master the challenges of tomorrow’s world.

Among its major educational innovations is the founding of Talcott Mountain Academy in 1983; an institution geared toward the unique needs of gifted students in grades K-8. Each spring the Academy hosts Open House events for prospective students and their families. Upcoming Open Houses are scheduled for Saturday, February 13, March 19 and April 2. Reservations are required. To learn more about Talcott Mountain Academy, please visit or call 860-677-0035.

A leader in STE(a)M education, TMSC is committed to making learning fun and offers vacation programs for students in grades K-8. Their unique location offers tremendous opportunities to explore our place among the stars, to observe the approach of changing weather and investigate the flora, fauna and geology of Connecticut. Other programs offered include robotics, computer game-making, inventions, movie-making and more!Talcott Mountain Science Center

This spring, Talcott Mountain Science Center will host Skygazing on Mar. 17, Apr. 14 and May 26. This family-friendly evening begins in TMSC’s planetarium and culminates with viewing the night sky atop Talcott Mountain aided by an assortment of telescopes, including a MEAD.

In March, Dr. Loretta Mickley will present Fire & Smoke in Equatorial Asia: How the mix of weather and human activity can lead to environmental catastrophe. This event is part of TMSC’s On the Shoulders of Giants lecture series.

To learn more about upcoming vacation programs, Skygazing events or On the Shoulders of Giants presentations, please visit our website at or call 860-677-8571.

Inspiring a love of learning through science!

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