The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a scientific research laboratory sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The organization's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related systems, and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. On behalf of NSF, NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which is comprised of over 100 North American university members and affiliate members as well as international affliates. Collectively, they strengthen and promote professional interactions, collaborations, and collegiality in the broader community. UCAR's role in supporting and complementing the work of academia has grown to include new research, service, and education programs in the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP) and Office of Education and Outreach (EO). Approximately 100,000 individuals visit the NCAR Visitor Center annually, with approximately 15,000 students participating in EO's field trip programs.