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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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2017 Youth Education Programs

Siskiyou Field Institute Youth Education Programs: Pre-K – 12th Grade

Contact:   
Youth Education Programs Coordinator 
541-597-8530
youthprograms@thesfi.org
 
To Register for a Field Trip: Please, CLICK HERE to fill out our online registration form. 

Curricula for the following programs are aligned with *NGSS DCI = Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas.  All programs include a one hour pre-field trip class visit and student journals for recording observations.


NEW! Rooted in Nature: Pre-K – 2nd grade
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.A; LS1.B; LS1.C; LS1.D; LS2.A; LS3.A; LS3.B; LS4.D; ESS2.D; ESS2.E; ESS3.A; ESS3.C; PS3.D
Season: Spring, Fall, and Winter
Length: 4 hour day program (optional 1 hour classroom visit)
 
Students will explore the natural world using all of their senses as they go on scavenger hunts searching for wildlife evidence, birds, insects, flowers, and other plants. Topics vary based on the season and programs can be modified to meet your students’ needs and interests.



 Growing up Wild: 2nd – 5th grade
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.A; LS1.B; LS1.C; LS1.D; LS2.A; LS2.C; LS2.D; LS3.A; LS3.B; LS4.B; LS4.C; LS4.D; ESS2.D; ESS3.A; PS4.C
Season: Spring, Fall, and Winter
Length: Day and overnight options available.

Using hand lenses, rulers, and field guides students will become wildlife detectives as they hunt for animal clues. They will closely examine animal specimens during an inquiry-guided activity called the “critter crawl” and dissect owl pellets full of rodent and birds bones. Students staying overnight will set up trail cameras to monitor wildlife while they sleep.



Taking Flight: 4th – 5th grade
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.A; LS1.B; LS1.C; LS1.D; LS2.A; LS2.C; LS2.D; LS3.A; LS3.B; LS4.B; LS4.C; LS4.D
Season: Spring Only
Length: Day and overnight options available.

With binoculars around their necks and field guides in their hands, students will be guided by Audubon society experts on “birding” safaris. Students will investigate bird habitats, diets, life cycles, and anatomy. They will also act out amazing birds adaptations and play games that simulate bird migration patterns.
 


NEW! Siskiyou Outdoor School: 5th and 6th grade    Length: 5 days and 4 nights          Season: Spring and Fall
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.B; LS1.C; LS2.A; LS2.B; LS2.C; LS4.C; LS4.D; ESS1.A; ESS1.B; ESS2.A; ESS2.B; ESS2.C; ESS3.A; ESS3.C; ESS3.D; PS3.D

Students will engage in cooperative group learning, problem solving, service learning, and citizen science investigations while exploring the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of the Illinois Valley. The first two days of outdoor school will require transportation to the Oregon Caves where students will tour the cave and begin investigating geology and water quality. During the remainder of the camp, students will further explore the unique ecosystems of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion and the plants and animals that inhabit this diverse region. With the installment of our solar panel system in 2017, students will learn about the engineering and efficiency of environmentally-friendly renewable energy sources, specifically solar. Students will also get several opportunities to develop team building skills and push their own boundaries on our outdoor challenge course.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our partnership watershed study with the Oregon Caves National Monument. 

 
Tributary Tales: 6th – 12th grade
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.B; LS2.A; LS2.C; LS4.C; LS4.D; ESS2.C; ESS3.C
Season: Spring and Fall
Length: Day and overnight options available.
 
By catching and releasing aquatic macroinvertebrates and collecting water quality data students will investigate the overall health of their local watersheds. This field trip has several options. It can be offered as a day program where students explore Deer Creek and Squaw Creek at SFI. It can be an overnight program where students spend one day at the Oregon Caves collecting water quality data, stay the night at SFI then follow up their watershed study on our creeks the next day. We can also arrange to come to a creek or river closer to your school. Data collected by students is uploaded onto StreamWebs, a citizen science database created by Oregon State University Extension Service.

 
Geobotany Bonanza: 6th – 12th
*NGSS DCI Alignment: LS1.C; LS2.A; LS2.C; LS4.C; ESS1.C; ESS2.A; ESS2.B; ESS2.E; ESS3.A
Season: Spring and Fall
Length: Day and overnight options available.
 
Students will uncover the secrets of the unique serpentine soils of our region during a hands-on exploration of the plants that have adapted to live in this nutrient-poor environment. They will act out the plate tectonic movements that shaped our region and identify the different plant communities found at the Siskiyou Field Institute based on the underlying geology. Students will also investigate fire ecology concepts by examining the aftermath of the Biscuit fire on a portion of our property.
 



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