Ida B. Wells High School Youth Astronomy Club

The Ida B. Wells High School Astronomy Club is now open to youth from anywhere roughly 9th grade to young adulthood. I am presently considering morphing the club from being associated with one school to being associated with the Rose City Astronomers (or other non-profit group). Your thoughts, insights, and opinions are welcome.

Check out the club website. This website is a bit out of date as of April 11, 2022. I'll try to get the student webmaster on that.

The club has many facets and special interest groups:

  • The Leadership Group plans club activities. They meet the first Monday of every month 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Room 207.

  • Every second Monday of the month, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Room 207, is a general membership meeting. At this meeting student leaders engage members in a wide variety of fun activities. 

  • The last Monday of the month is a general membership meeting on Zoom, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, with an adult guest speaker accomplished in astronomy. These are open to youth from the general public. Email me for the Zoom link. Meetings are recorded and are available on the club website.

  • The Observing Group and Community Service Group work together to plan star parties. Some star parties are for just club members. Others are led by club members and are open to the general public. Star parties are at Gabriel Park in SW Portland, Stub Stewart State Park 45 minutes west of Portland, and occasionally other exciting dark sky locations.

  • The Dark Sky Group meets most Wednesdays at lunch in Room 207. They study light pollution and are presently doing a lighting inventory of the IBWHS campus under the direction of Mike McKeag of the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association.

  • The Telescope Groups meets most Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, in the IBWHS shop. They are currently just finishing a 12 inch truss tube Dobsonian telescope. They will be starting several new, smaller projects, soon.

  • I also own and curate a Telescope Library. Club members have priority to borrow these telescopes. 

To sign up for the club and get the emails, click here.

To support the club please consider a tax-deductible contribution.

I also sponsor youth astronomy activities that are not associated with the IBWHS Astronomy Club, such as The Wallowology Astronomy Event and Astronomy Camp at Malheur Field Station.