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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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2020 Day Programs

Year-Round Group Programs Start January 2020

Siskiyou Field Institute offers place-based educational programming for youth 4 years of age and up. We are celebrating our 20th year as an educational institution by deepening our youth program curriculum. It has been planned to more closely align with the SFI mission of student-driven inquiry and hands-on environmental science in the field.

Register your school early; our program calendar fills up quickly.

Grades K-12 can register for all of our programs up to one year in advance!
If the dates you want are already filled, you can be placed on our waitlist. We will notify you if there is a cancellation.

Contact our Youth Education Coordinator to register your group today:
Call 541-597-8530 or email at youthprograms@thesfi.org.

 

Day Programs

Qualify for Oregon Outdoor School Measure 99 funding by selecting three consecutive day programs.
SFI Day Programs can be tailored to fit K-12 public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Day programs typically run four hours long and can include multiple curriculum modules over consecutive days. Pricing can be adjusted if a group would like more or less than four hours. Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule. One curriculum module per day should be chosen by the group leader.

DAY PROGRAM FEES
A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to keep the date, within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email and estimated cost invoice. If you schedule a day program less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be due upon scheduling.

FIELD TRIP FORM


Day Program Field Modules

SFI offers field-based, educational day programs that can be tailored to fit the needs of K-12 public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Day programs typically run four hours in length. All SFI curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule.



Watershed & Salmon Ecology:
Year-round, grades K-12

Students explore two creeks and a pond at the SFI using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey.  By looking at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ Coho salmon, students learn why watershed science is important, and how to determine what makes a healthy waterway.
Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp., oxygen) comparing ponds and streams, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to successful salmon.

Forests, Fire & Climate Ecology:
Year-round, grades K-12

Students examine the role of fire in ecosystems, what influences spread and intensity, and how fire can be used to maintain ecosystem health. Due to the 2018 Klondike fire, the 2017 Chetco Bar fire, and the 2002 Biscuit fire, the SFI and surroundings demonstrate extensive successional changes that create the perfect lens for looking at the fires and their role in forests. 
Module emphasis: Human management of forestland, bark beetle study, fireboard study, carbon sequestration, vegetation survey, tree identification, plant adaptation to climate/fire, and exploration of the University of Oregon’s on-site climate study experiment. 

Serpentine Geobotany:
Year-round, grades K-12

Students explore the unique serpentine ecology of this region and the flora that has adapted in its mineral-rich, nutrient-poor soils. Hosting a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings, the SFI property provides ample opportunities for hands-on exploration of insectivorous and endemic plants.
Module emphasis: Tectonic plates, Siskiyou geology, serpentine endemic species, soil testing/comparison (pH, soil type), soil pit analysis, Darlingtonia study, abiotic/biotic relationships.

Siskiyou Flora & Fauna:
Year-round, grades K-12

Students practice citizen science by investigating animal and plant biodiversity and their adaptations. SFI’s property is situated in the heart of the Klamath Siskiyou ecoregion, a global center of biodiversity that harbors more conifers than any other temperate forest in the world, 280 species of flowering plants that are found nowhere else, and an abundant array of wildlife. 
Module emphasis: Plant community exploration and identification, animal adaptations, songbird, and migratory bird observation, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.

High and Low Ropes Challenge Course:
Year-round (depending on weather)

A Siskiyou experience like none other! The Ropes Challenge Course at SFI consists of six different high and low ropes challenge course elements: Giant Swing, Catwalk, Staple Climb (the high elements), and Diversity Trail, Vertical Spider Web, and The Bridge is Out (the low elements). Under the direction of our trained facilitators, students connect the challenges they face while completing the course with real-life obstacles, and develop self-confidence, trust, and teamwork. Harnesses for the High Ropes section of the course accommodate waist sizes between 22-51 inches. Consider reserving it for your next business retreat, family reunion, or birthday party!

On-Demand Service Learning Projects:
Year-round, K-12

We work with teachers and group facilitators to provide service-learning opportunities for your group that could include planting for pollinators, invasive species removal, and riparian restoration among others. Contact the Youth Education Programs coordinator for more information.
Day Program Fees: 
Pricing varies based on income eligibility guidelines. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required within 14 days of scheduling to reserve your date. If scheduling a day program less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be due upon scheduling. Please see the Youth Education section of our website, siskiyoufieldinstitute.org for Day Program pricing.
 

% of students that qualify for federal free / reduced lunch

Cost per student SFI day programs & high & low ropes course programs

Cost per student Snow School

In-class outreach fees per hour

0-40%

$27

$32

$55

40-80%

$26

$28

$50

80-100%

$25

$25

$45



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