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!

Our 2018 science fair was, again, simply terrific! Learn more about the fair by clicking on the star at the lower right of our logo! The fair featured everything from two first-rate planetariums to baloon car racing to horticultural experiments in the new greenhouse.

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 first presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "Restoration of Whychus Creek,"  and is presented by Brad Chalfant, founder and CEO of Deschutes Land Trust, on Tuesday September 25th.

And restoration on a larger scale ...

Almost a quarter of the world’s land area and a sixth of its population are affected by desertification.

Every year, Beijing and other major cities in East Asia are tormented by the infamous Yellow Dragon. This yellow dragon constitutes China’s 5th season; dust storms. These dust storms turn the sky yellow-orange and cause level five air pollution warnings across a vast region ... with the dust sometimes reaching all the way to the United States.

To control the spread of desertification, a prime cause of these dust storms, the government embarked on the largest reforestation program in the world – The Green Wall of China. Formally known as the Three Norths Shelterbelt Development Program, this initiative was designed back in 1978 to plant nearly 90 million acres of new forest in a band stretching 2,800 miles across northern China is planned to continue till 2050.  Between 2000 and 2010 alone China increase its annual forest cover by 11,500 square miles.

 The idea behind the Norths Shelterbelt Development Program is as simple as its scale is large. The economic boom initiated an environmental decline in China with large forest lands that acted as carbon sinks, disappearing quickly. Intensive agricultural practices, deforestation and land degradation have all led to rapid desertification with the Gobi expanding 950 square miles every year. 

 

Brad Chalfant is the Deschutes Land Trust's Executive Director. He is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization, as well as for communicating the Land Trust's mission to the public. Brad earned a B.G.S. in Economics and Geography from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. Brad is an avid backpacker, skier and cyclist and enjoys being outside with his wife Brenda.

The presentation on the 25th is all about the Whychus Canyon Preserve, a 930 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. It was first established in 2010 and an additional 480 acres was added in 2014. The Preserve contains four miles of Whychus Creek, high quality grasslands, old growth juniper, cottonwood and aspen stands. With such a diverse range of habitats, Whychus Canyon Preserve is home to a  variety of fish and wildlife.

Chalfant will speak at The Belfry as part of the Frontiers in Science lecture series sponsored by the Sisters Science Club. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Belfry doors open at 6 for an informal community hour, and the presentation begins at 7PM

General Admission: $5.00. Science Club Donors, Teachers and Students are free.

Below, the micro-climate produced by a large solar array is being used to provide a hospitable place to grow food in another flagship reclamation projects in China.

And in the picture below, one can see the largest floating solar power plant ... and in an ironic twist, learn what China has done with a collapsed coal mine. Is this reclamation or just more industrial development?