Science Fest is unique opportunity for county

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mr. Freeze from Fermilab in Chicago will be demonstrating the interesting and fun properties of liquid nitrogen. This event will be part of Siskiyou Science Festival’s All-Day Sci-Fest on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mt. Shasta Boulevard in Mt. Shasta. Go to www.siskiyouscifest.comfor information on more of the events happening from May 13 to 19.

There are science festivals all over the world, but they usually occur in large cities. Siskiyou County has the unique opportunity of experiencing a week of free events, thanks to volunteers, sponsors, and several grants. From May 13 to 19, presentations, tours, magic performances, and an all-day festival will take place on Saturday, May 18, with activities for all ages.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum Executive Director Jean Nels explained that the team organizing the event thought that Siskiyou County is a perfect place to host a festival, because science is everywhere in our area.

“We have many organizations, businesses, and educational groups that focus on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This festival is a fun and exciting way to highlight Siskiyou County’s involvement in these areas,” Nels said.

All of these events are free because so many individuals are volunteering their time and because of the sponsors, Nels said, including Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, Mt. Shasta Rotary, Cold Creek Inn, Mechanics Bank, Dignity Health, Campbell Global, Expershare – Shared Spaces, KIXE, Mt. Shasta Recreation District, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Siskiyou Land Trust, Grocery Outlet, and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Grants from Ford Family Foundation, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, and Discover Siskiyou provided much-needed funds too.

To view the schedule and find out more, go to

Siskiyou Science Festival events include:

All-Day Sci-Fest

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 on Mt. Shasta Boulevard. The event will include more than 50 booths with hands-on activities for all ages. Mr. Freeze’s demonstrations, “How Cold is It?” at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live music on the main stage by the bands of Allison and Victor and Sound Advice.


Wednesday, May 15 – Fire Tour, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lunch is provided

Friday, May 17 – Scott Valley Ranch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lunch is provided

Friday, May 17 – Denny Bar Distillery, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18 – Sisson Meadow, 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 19 – Castle Crags Hike, 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 19 – Spring Hill Hike, 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 19 – Dough Hook Bakery, 1 p.m.

Tours are limited to 20 people/tour. Pre-registration is required by going to


Monday, May 13 – “Science of Magic” – 7 p.m. Yreka Community Theater

Tuesday, May 14 – “Magic and a Movie” – 7 p.m. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

Wednesday, May 15 – “Science of Magic” – 7 p.m. Weed Community Building

Thursday, May 16 – “Fire-nado, Fire Magic or Fire Science?” – 7 p.m. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

Friday, May 17 - "From Magic to Science: The Giant Mount Shasta Landslide" – 7 p.m. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

Saturday, May 18 – “Magic of Paleomagnetism” – 7 p.m. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum