|PO Box 207|
1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538
Phone: (541) 597-8530
Fax: (541) 597-8533
Contact: Siskiyou Field Institute
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday (winter hours)
Fall Appeal 2017
Dear Friend of the Siskiyou Field Institute,
It’s a remarkable fresh-air, blue-sky day here at SFI’s Deer Creek Center. None of us takes a day like this for granted after enduring a month of threateningly close wildfires and oppressive, smoky air. During those dark days, we stayed prepared and were in good hands. Our caretaker, Lillie, moved irrigation to keep our lawn green and provide defensible space for our lodge, classroom and guests. Firefighters marked our field for helicopter landing, familiarized themselves with our reservoir as a possible water source, and fortified the fireline established on our property in 2002 when it helped contain the Biscuit Fire.
As fall and cooler nights begin, we’re breathing a sigh of relief – and feeling extremely grateful for the change in seasons and getting back to the educational work we do here at SFI. Once again, school buses are pulling up and students can fill their lungs with clean country air while running in the fields and exploring nature. Mushrooms are pushing up; the newly burned areas beckon us to adventure out and forage.
Won’t you take a minute, too, to reflect on what you love about autumn in the Klamath-Siskiyous and what our Deer Creek Center and natural history educational programs mean to you personally and more broadly for our community? As you do, we’d like to offer two ways to help us continue that work into the future. First, please consider making a donation today to support our educational programs that link people to nature in a meaningful way. Second, we hope you will join us on October 22nd from 1-3:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of our Blue Sky Solar Energy Project that will generate electric power to run our Deer Creek Center!
Fun activities will inform you about our solar system, there will be guided walks to view SFI’s new solar equipment, musicians will herald the sun’s glory, and homemade treats, apple juice, local beer and wine will be served. Please join us!
The Siskiyou Field Institute received Pacific Power’s largest nonprofit Blue Sky grant this year, and we’re excited to not only power our facility with “homegrown” electricity, but also to incorporate educational activities about renewable energy, the solar system and climate into our youth and adult classes. This summer, 33 middle school students in need of financial assistance were awarded full scholarships to attend SFI’s first-ever Solar Energy Camp where they enjoyed a week packed with activities like toasting s’mores using solar ovens, stargazing and building model renewable energy homes out of clay.
In addition to solar energy camp, SFI provided scholarships for 50 additional youth from underrepresented backgrounds who either enjoyed backpacking in the Kalmiopsis and Marble Mountains or attending activity-packed “Nature Discovery” and “Junior Explorer” day camps. Because of SFI’s commitment to lifelong learning, we so far have offered 30 natural history and outdoor adventure courses this year for almost 300 adult students who explored the Klamath-Siskiyou Region encountering birds, mammals, invertebrates, and plants in the wild and observing specimens more closely in our Deer Creek Center classroom lab with instruction from experts. And the season is not over yet! A series of lichen and mushroom workshops take adult learning into the field this fall.
The fire season’s very real threats served to remind us that we can’t take SFI or our environment for granted. We hope you will take a moment today to help sustain SFI’s nature-based education programs by donating and that you will join us on October 22nd to celebrate SFI’s commitment to a sustainable energy future with the dedication of our solar energy project. We’ve enclosed a return envelope to make it easy, or you can visit our website at www.thesfi.org and contribute by using our secure donation page.