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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. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
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Youth Education Programs - 2014


Contact SFI's Youth Education Coordinator to arrange school programs:
541-597-8530; youthprograms@thesfi.org.

Curricula for the following programs are aligned with Oregon state standards.
 
Watershed Science
Offered in Spring and Fall 2014
Grade: 6
Fee: $3 per student



 
This program gives students a hands-on opportunity to investigate the Deer Creek watershed. In this curriculum-based class linked to Oregon state standards, students will examine topography, geology and both the Deer Creek and Squaw Creek ecosystems during the field trip. Students will collect macroinvertebrates and learn basic water quality sampling. A SFI Youth Education Instructor will make a classroom visit to prepare students for educational fun in the field. Note: this class was formerly a two-day class with a visit to, and in partnership with, the Oregon Caves National Monument.  Because of recent federal across-the-board budget cuts, Oregon Caves N.M. is no longer able offer the second day of instruction at that site.

Click HERE to see the relevant Oregon state standards

Funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, The Ford Family Foundation, The Singer Foundation


 
Songbirds, Science, and Outdoor Schools
In partnership with Klamath Bird Observatory
Offered in Spring and Fall 2014
Grade: 5
Fee: $12 per student for a 2-day workshop (includes one night stay in a yurt)




In this popular overnight class, students will learn awareness of birds and habitat conservation through interactive science lessons and outdoor learning experiences utilizing Oregon state standards curriculum. Includes a preparatory classroom visit by an SFI instructor.  Retired wildlife biologists from the Siskiyou Audubon Society lead a birdwatching trip with SFI instructors. An evening campfire activity is included. Please contact us at (541) 597-8530 or youthprograms@thesfi.org for information about enrolling your 5th grade class. Space is limited, so let us know as soon as possible.

Click HERE to see the relevant Oregon state standards

Funded by the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation.

Memorable Mammals
Offered Spring and Fall 2014
Grade: 3

Fee: $10 per student (Includes classroom visit and 4-hour field trip)
(Cost may be lower if additional grant funding is secured)

During a pre-trip classroom presentation and a Deer Creek Center day field trip, students learn fundamentals of mammal identification, tracking and behavior. While examining skulls and pelts, they'll compare and contrast mammal characteristics. Then they will learn how to track mammals and make predictions about which animals might be found at DCC. Students will gather information and record data about their surroundings in SFI-provided journals. They'll also participate in a predator/prey simulation activity to learn more about mammal behavior.

Click HERE to see the relevant Oregon state standards

Funded by the The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation.

Geobotany
Offered Spring and Fall 2014
Grade: 7 Fee: $10 per student

(Cost may be lower if additional grant funding is secured)


This place-based class utilizes state-standardized curriculum to help students better understand the wonderful and exotic plant life that grows on serpentine geology and the unique features of serpentine geology. We focus on Darlingtonia californica,  a carnivorous plant that has adapted to serpentine soil and lives in the Deer Creek fen. In the spring class, students identify parts of flowering plants, many of which are endemic, learn botanical illustration basics and about soil chemistry through testing. Fall students explore the diversity of tree species on site through a hands-on activity identifying characteristics.

Click HERE to see the relevant Oregon state standards

Funded by the The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation.


Field Trips By Design
Custom designed for your family, youth or adult group; a SFI Youth Instructor will lead your group on a personalized, four-hour field trip at Deer Creek Center that focuses on one of the following activities:

♦ Challenge games and communication skill building
♦ Klamath-Siskiyou geology and botany
♦ Salmon and streams
♦ Navigating with compass and map
♦ Tree identification
♦ Nature journaling and biological illustration

Fees: $15/person (minimum 10 participants) for a 4-hour field program. To learn more, please contact SFI Youth Instructors at 541-597-8530, ext. 315 or youthprograms@thesfi.org.


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