The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

From time to time the club receives thankyou notes from people, and the one that accompanied this illustration touched us. Our commitment to science education is unwavering, and your contributions are essential if we are to continue to innovate, explore and invest in science education and literacy. Click here to donate!

SciArt 2018 Winner below. Click the image to see the top 10 entries from this year's contest!

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The third presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled " Physiological Ecology; "Global Climate Change: A Tree’s Perspective," and is presented by Steve Grossnickle, Ph.D., Colorado State University," on Tuesday, November 27th.

Why is this important?

Direct seeding has been considered a forest restoration option for centuries. Over the past half century, the use of this practice has declined in developed countries as forest regeneration programs have advanced with the production of quality seedlings that can successfully establish restoration sites. Direct seeding is being reconsidered as a restoration option as the potential size of the worldwide forest restoration program has grown because of massive deforestation in third-world nations and due to global climate change.

In the video above one can see how technology may help reverse global deforestation and slow global warming.

 

 

Steve Grossnickle has conducted work in the plant sciences/forestry field for over thirty-five years within university and industry programs throughout the United States and Canada, regarding ecological and physiological processes related to forest ecosystem restoration, silvicultural operations and the production processes of operational nurseries. These have led to collaborations with the nursery industry, both forestry and horticulture, and the forest industry to address operational issues. 

These programs have earned Dr. Grossnickle an international reputation as a scientist and practitioner addressing basic biological and ecological processes of plants, and silvicultural practices within research, extension and educational programs.

Steve Grossnickle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resource Management from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree in Forest Ecology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Colorado State University in Plant Physiological Ecology.

Although Dr. Grossnickle's major book deals primarily with the life of spruce trees, the same general techniques of reforestation apply to other species as well, including our local ponderosa forests. Among other things, his work investigates the differences between planting seedlings and direct seeding of deforested areas, and this work is certainly important in a time where our planet is being stripped of its treees at an alarming rate.

To learn more about deforestation from NASA, click here. To learn more about boreal reforestration, you might want to visit Amazon, or your local library.

The presentation is bound to be fascinating, and I suspect we will all, once again,come away knowing a lot more than when we entered the Belfry. General Admission: $5.00. Teachers and Students are free. Social hour begins at 6, and the lecture starts at 7. See you there!