SFI Opens 20th Season of Education
* Note the Whitebark Pine Health Update described here has been postponed to Saturday, March 31, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library.
Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma will launch its 20th year as an educational organization with a free program this Saturday, February 24. Whitebark pine populations in Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Parks are the subject. The pines are considered to be a significant natural resource in both national parks because of their importance as foundation species supporting many birds and mammals. Sean Smith, a botanist with the Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Network, will talk about field research and restoration hopes for the blighted pines, which are dying from a combination of disease (white pine blister rust), pine bark beetle infestations and climate-related habitat changes. The SFI program runs 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and free refreshments will be available.
Dedicated to providing education about the Klamath-Siskiyou region, SFI will also offer over 40 adult education courses in various natural history subjects this year. Early season courses include a trip to observe raptors and waterbirds in the Klamath Basin on March 4 and a course on meteorology, “Weather Watching,” on March 17 at SFI’s Deer Creek Center headquarters.
Special SFI courses on four of our local rivers (Illinois, Klamath/Trinity and Rogue) highlight the 50th year of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Additional field courses, “The Art of Lichen Dyeing” and “Salmon Biology,” are based on two of SFI’s very first educational workshops offered in 1998.
SFI’s Youth Education Programs will begin in March. This year SFI introduces its first full year of Outdoor School for middle schoolers. Interested teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. About 76% of Oregon’s middle school-age students will attend some form of outdoor school this year. Students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are scheduled to visit SFI for Outdoor School programs.
Three community events round out the SFI season. Bands and Brews will feature locally crafted microbrews and live music on Saturday, June 23. A Family Camp offers nature-based fun and education for area families on Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8. A fall fundraiser, Wine in the Willows, is scheduled for Sunday, October 7.
For information on these programs and all that Siskiyou Field Institute has to offer in 2018, including scholarships for local residents, visit www.thesfi.org or email email@example.com.