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.
Funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Caves National Monument
Songbirds, Science, and Outdoor Schools
In partnership with Klamath Bird Observatory
Offered in Spring and Fall 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for information about enrolling your 5th grade class. Space is limited, so let us know as soon as possible.
Funded by the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, the Collins Foundation.
Offered Spring and Fall 2013
Fee: $10 per student (Includes classroom visit and 4-hour field trip)
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.
Funded by the The Ford Family Foundation & the Collins Foundation
Offered Spring and Fall 2013
Grade: 7 Fee: $10 per student
This place-based class utilizes state-standardized curriculum to help students better understand features of serpentine geology and its impact 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, some 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.
Funded by the The Ford Family Foundation, the Collins Foundation, & the North American Rock Garden Society-Siskiyou Chapter
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 email@example.com