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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. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (spring to fall hours)
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Overnight Residential Programs and Modules

Overnight Residential Programs

Siskiyou Outdoor School

Our residential overnight programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for fifth grade through high school aged public, private, charter, and homeschool students. They can run one - four nights. Group leaders may easily select from four “curriculum modules” listed below, along with a number of hour-long evening program modules. Each group leader can choose one curriculum field module per night. Arrival time for residential programing is 12:30 pm, departure time on the last day is 10:30 am.

1 - 2 Night Residential Outdoor School Programs
We recommend at least a two-night program in order to have a more complete experience and qualify for outdoor school Oregon state funding requirements. Students will have opportunities to learn and play on our beautiful campus.

Low Ropes Course: Our low ropes element course can only be conquered through critical thinking, communication, and teamwork. This experience helps students develop communication skills and reflect on the importance and benefits of working as a group.
 

3 - 4 Night Residential Outdoor School Programs:
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High Ropes Course, Day and 3 - 4 night programs ONLYSiskiyou experience like no other! Students will navigate our 3 high elements with the support of their peers, including a climb up a 100 ft. Douglas fir tree, take a dive through the treetops in the giant swing, and balance across a suspended log on the catwalk. This experience thrills while it stretches comfort zones, instills trust in peers and enforces a spirit of collaboration. 

Inquiry Day, 3 - 4 night programs ONLY: Students will spend their last full field day choosing, designing, and implementing their own science experiment! Students will draw from previous field days to choose a topic that they want to investigate. They will collaborate within their field groups to go through the scientific process. Each field group will present the previous day’s findings and conclusions on the last morning of the program.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM FEES:

A 3% non refundable deposit  to reserve your date is required within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email and estimated cost invoice. The package fee provides lodging, food, snacks, equipment and instruction. Teachers and chaperones stay free.  

For a limited time only, save 5% by booking a 3-4 night program!

% of students that qualify for federal

free/reduced lunch

One night program per student Two night program per student Three night program per student Four night program per student
Regular Price $85 $140 $199 $249
40-80% $79 $135 $190 $239
80-100% $75 $130 $180 $225
 

 Curriculum Modules

Teachers can choose from the following modules to tailor programming. Group leaders choose one module per night. All of our programs emphasize team building, collaborative skills, and mindfulness.

Day and Overnight Program Field Modules:

watershed

Watershed & Salmon Ecology: Students explore our two creeks and pond using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey. We will look at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ prevalent Coho salmon. Students also learn about the characteristics and importance of watershed science.

Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp, oxygen) comparing pond and stream, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to salmon.


forest

Forests, Fire, & Climate Ecology: Our land and surroundings demonstrate extensive successional changes due to the 2018 Klondike fire, 2017 Chetco Bar fire, and the 2002 Biscuit fire, creating the perfect lens for exploration of fire and its role in forests.

Module emphasis: Human management of forestland, bark beetle study, fire board study, carbon sequestration, vegetation survey, tree ID, plant adaptation to climate/fire, and exploration of University of Oregon’s on-site climate study experiment.


geobotany
Serpentine GeobotanyOur land includes a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings; both host a variety of endemic flora. 

Module of emphasis: Tectonic plates, Siskiyou geology, serpentine endemic species, soil testing/comparison (pH, soil type), soil pit analysis, Darlingtonia study, abiotic/biotic relationships.


Birdwatching Mammals South Middle School

Siskiyou Flora & FaunaSFI’s property is situated in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, a global center of biodiversity that also harbors one of the four richest temperate coniferous forests in the world.
 
Module emphasis: Plant community exploration and ID, animal adaptations, birding, songbird and migratory bird exploration, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.


 

Overnight Evening Program Modules:

Hobby night: Stations will be set up with instructors demonstrating an activity they enjoy, such as mountain biking, backpacking, improvisational classes or yoga.  

Eggs and engineering: Students will work in small groups to engineer a contraption using mostly natural materials that will keep an egg intact when it has been dropped from a predetermined height. Contraptions will be tested at the end.

Student talent show: Students perform a talent, in groups or on their own. This works best when it is planned in the classroom before visiting SFI. Teachers can even “audition” students ahead of time to ensure talents are appropriate and fun for the whole group. Teachers are encouraged to get in on this one too!

School choice: Schools can reserve one or all of their evenings to do something special of their choosing for their students. SFI staff can be of assistance, upon request.

Career Night: Students will listen to a guest speaker talk about his/her career and what the speaker did to get there. The presenter could be a wildland firefighter, forester, wildlife biologist, geologist, etc. Presenters are scheduled based on availability.

Bridge engineering: Students will work in small groups to engineer a bridge to hold the most weight. Limited materials will be provided and each bridge will be tested at the end of the program.

Nature art: Students will make art out of all natural materials. The final project will be a mobile that will hang in the pavilion. 

Night hike: This is best if students are here during a time when it gets dark earlier in the evening. Arrangements can be made to shift around evening program times to accommodate a late night hike, if teachers are willing. Students can study owls, bats, and the night sky with our telescope!  

Owl Pellet Dissection: Students will have the opportunity to dissect and identify contents of owl pellets. This is an exciting way to learn about raptors and food webs.

Salmon Dissection Lab: Instructors will dissect a full grown local salmon for the group, answer questions about salmon characteristics and biology and ensure everyone gets a chance to see organs up close. Fish are provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This is a great pairing with our watershed/salmon field module.


Movie night: Students will watch Planet Earth or whatever film teachers prefer. 50 students max.
 
 
 



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