Science Pub Portland: Forest Restoration
How 3D Glasses and Photos from the 1930s are Making Forests Healthier
With Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The safety of both nature and human health are at risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfires across the west. Climate change is increasing the likelihood and severity of wildfires while simultaneously making them more difficult to control. Fortunately, there is much that we can do to change the effects of fire in the forest, thereby protecting communities and nature. To this end, communities, conservation organizations and businesses have come together to approach forest restoration with a new, collaborative approach to protect the lands and waters on which they depend.
In southwestern Oregon, plants grow fast and the summers are dry, an ideal recipe for fire. Historically, a mix of nature’s ignitions and fires set by Native Americans maintained a resilient forested landscape, with open areas between larger trees. More than a century of extractive timber harvest and aggressive fire suppression tactics have resulted in a landscape that is unnaturally dense and prone to uncharacteristically severe fire.
In the Ashland watershed, The Nature Conservancy is demonstrating a nationally recognized model for collaborative forest restoration, working jointly with the City of Ashland, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and the US Forest Service to apply the best forest science to work on the ground. Using a variety of information, including historic aerial photographs, thorough data about fire frequency, dendrochronology, and forensic forestry, the Conservancy and its partners are restoring the beautiful forests above Ashland to thrive by protecting certain areas of closed forest, then opening up the canopy and reintroducing controlled burns.
Come learn about this science and how it is protecting drinking water, community, recreation, and abundant wildlife in this iconic landscape.
A Forest Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy since 2010, Kerry is a core member of several collaborative technical working groups, coordinates multiparty monitoring for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, conducts research on reference forest conditions in mixed conifer/hardwood forests, and supports TNC in Oregon’s Forest Team. Kerry grew up in Cove, Oregon and earned a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Oregon University in 1994. He earned an M.S. from the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation in 2002 while working as part of the Fire and Fire Surrogates project to understand understory responses to forest thinning and fire. His dissertation work at the Division of Biological Sciences, also at UM, focused on interactions among native and exotic plant species and their implications for exotic plant invasion. Kerry is fascinated by applying fundamental ecological principles to the applied questions surrounding forest restoration.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm
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From the soaring and breathtaking cliffs of Norway to the calm and inspiring immensity of the Mojave Desert, from a child's daunting first day of school to the exciting world of skydiving and base jumping, Adrenaline Rush explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk taking and the physics involved in high-risk activities.
Adrenaline Rush examines why the human mind and body crave danger as viewers experience breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys and a 4,265-foot jump from a legendary Norwegian cliff. The film also follows skydivers as they prepare to undertake a unique scientific experiment: trying to fly the parachute imagined in 1485 by Leonardo da Vinci, the first parachute design ever recorded.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: Ages 8+
OMSI After Dark: Brick Party
See the building blocks of science in a new light—as LEGO bricks!
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or sample products from local artisans.
All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
21+ Only | ID's Required
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
OMSI After Dark admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI Members and FREE for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders
Art of the Brick is an additional $5.75 upcharge for non-members and $5.50 for members.
Drop Challenge I Come test your engineering skills and see if your design survives the drop!
Legos on the Brain I Geometric brain teasers are the name of this lego game!
Minifig Massacre I Blindfolds and minifigs. Let's see what happens.
PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Bricktionary I 7, 8 & 9 PM
You’ve played Pictionary, but what about Bricktionary? Instead of drawing you will be building with tons of LEGO® parts to try to get your teammates to guess what is on your Pictionary card. It’s Bricktionary! No drawing skills needed.
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For more information about purchasing an OMSI After Dark Access Pass, please email email@example.com or give us a call at 503.797.4634
66th Annual Agate & Mineral Show
FREE EVENT | 9:30AM-5:30PM
Explore the wonders of nature at the 65th Annual Agate and Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society (OAMS) 30+ exhibits will be on display.
Special features include: the Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem; a food table, which showcases rocks that look like food; a dig pit where kids can hunt for rocks; and hand-crafted jewelry and window hangings made by OAMS club members.
OAMS members will be on-site demonstrating the equipment and process used to prepare rocks for display. These include a big saw used to cut slabs, a trim saw used to create a design, a grinder to shape the specimen and a polisher to put the finishing touches.
The OAMS has been a long-time partner of OMSI and proceeds from the Agate and Mineral Show are donated to OMSI’s Hancock Field Station located in Central Oregon’s John Day River Valley, an area world renowned for its fossil-rich rock formations and fosters geology learning.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.
"An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date." Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
Duration: 113 mins. | Rating: PG
Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff
Raise Your Weapon
The Longest Road
Ghosts 'n' Stuff
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall
In the Flesh
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1)
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 3)
Goodbye Cruel World
Is There Anybody out There?
The Show Must Go On
Run Like Hell
Duration: 45 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Meet A Scientist: February
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
February 11 Topics
Speak with Uchenna as you try to discover how cells decide if they will become a heart, or another part of the body.
Meet George and explore the amazing world of fungiphytes and the medicine secrets they hold.
How long can you hold your breath? Come explore with Claire about how some animals can live without oxygen
Bug out with James as you help him complete the beetle family tree.
Learn fascinating facts about DNA and how scientists study it with Ellie.
Explore the depths of the ocean as you discover new species of squid with Annie.
Join Whit to explore geospatial technology.
Join Phil to discover the differences and similarities between dogs and their relatives.
February 25 Topics
Its National Engineers Week! We are celebrating by inviting our favorite engineers to OMSI to share engaging activities and the work they do!
Electricity & Magnetism
How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Students look at magnets, motors and generators, including the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil.
Ages: 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket. One ticket, per person.
Science Pub Portland: Water Drop Photography
The Art and Science of Water Drop Photography
With Martin Waugh, Liquid Sculpture Photographer
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Water is fundamental. It comprises the majority of the Earth's surface and is present in all life. From our primordial beginnings to our prenatal environment to our very constitution, it is us. In this talk, Martin discusses the techniques, discoveries, and surprises he encountered in his ten-year obsession with photographing water drops. As with so many things, even if it appears simple, the closer you look the more complex and beautiful it becomes.
Martin’s creative uses of high-speed photography make it possible to capture the smooth and effortless curves of liquid, eliciting a childlike sense of fun and whimsy. By varying the size, speed and position of drops, as well as the color, viscosity, and surface tension, Martin creates a panorama of color, movement and intrigue. His images are engaging metaphors for life and are as intriguing to the eye as they are thought provoking.
Martin received his B.S. degree in Physics and Secondary Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he pursued a career in software and raised a family and kayaked many of the close-by rivers. His work has been published worldwide and can be found in both corporate and private art collections.
Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientifict background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
Lego structures looking a bit dim? Add some pizazz with LED lights! Learn the basics of electronic circuitry and power as we engineer a way to light up our Legos. Eager to continue your project at home? Each ticket holder leaves the lab with LEDs, wire, and a small battery – the building possibilities are endless!
Ages: 8 –13 with an adult, 13+ without an adult.
This is a limited edition lab designed to accompany our current Featured Exhibit, Art of the Brick. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
$2 Days at OMSI
$2 Days at OMSI
Explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.