Tours & Media Visits

Tours

Coronavirus Update

Due to concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the NSF-ICF is taking preventive measures and suspending its tour program until further notice. Any groups that have been impacted by the tour shutdown will be prioritized when we resume tour operations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

NSF-ICF supports a variety of outreach activities. The facility is a popular destination for field trips from schools, universities, visiting federal agencies, teachers, museum groups, and interested individuals. As such, the NSF-ICF tour schedule generally needs to be booked several months in advance.

If you are interested in visiting NSF-ICF, please observe the following:

  1. All tours must be scheduled several months in advance by completing the ONLINE TOUR REQUEST FORM.
  2. Plan to be flexible with your time. We may need to suggest alternate days or times for your visit if we can't accommodate your first choice. There are some time periods during which we cannot conduct tours due to the priorities of other facility activities or for safety reasons.
  3. NSF-ICF staff cannot accommodate "drop-in" visits or spur-of-the-moment tours. Please plan ahead.
  4. The 'Visiting the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility (NSF-ICF)' document contains additional information to help you prepare for your visit.
  5. Please take the time after your visit to provide us with feedback. We will provide you with a link to a feedback form after your tour. Your feedback is essential in helping us demonstrate the value of our outreach activities to the public.
 

Our normal hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. We observe all federal holidays. Tour hours are 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Media Visits

 
  1. Media visits (e.g., film crews) should be booked as far in advance as possible and a completed 'Media Request Form' must be submitted.
  2. Plan to be flexible with your time. We may need to suggest alternate days or times for your visit if we can't accommodate your first choice. There are some time periods during which we cannot conduct tours due to the priorities of other facility activities or for safety reasons.
  3. NSF-ICF staff cannot accommodate "drop-in" visits or spur-of-the-moment tours. Please plan ahead.
  4. The 'Visiting the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility (NSF-ICF)' document contains additional information to help you prepare for your visit.
  5. See also the document 'Filming in the NSF-ICF, a guide to filming in the freezer'.