Summer Programs

  Registration for the 2024 OLI Summer session is CLOSED


Please check this page for updated dates and summer programs for next year! 

Outdoor Leaders Institute (OLI) offers transformative outdoor experiences for youth ages 14-18 from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Siskiyou Field Institute’s program is a 6-day summer wilderness course running June 24th-29th. During their OLI  journey, youth participate in exhilarating outdoor activities, gaining new leadership skills and deepening their connection to the natural world. Our outdoor adventures feature backpacking in the majestic Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon and exhilarating whitewater rafting trips on the Rogue River.

OLI trips leave a lasting impact on students. The challenges of backpacking with only essential items, navigating the unique terrains of the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, and mastering the currents of the Rogue River provide young people with opportunities to build confidence and feel empowered. Participants also enjoy moments of solitude amidst nature’s beauty.

These experiences help participants develop:

  • Leadership skills
  • Decision-making
  • Enhance communication 
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Effectively translate ideas into actions


Throughout their adventure, students step out of their comfort zone, embrace new experiences, learn from challenges, acquire new technical skills, boost self-efficacy, and forge lifelong friendships! Come explore the undiscovered beauty of Southwest Oregon.


Program pick up and drop off will be at the SFI Deer Creek Campus:

1241 Illinois River Rd, Selma, OR 97538

Contact our Education Program Manager if you have any questions: Call at (541) 597-8530 ext. 106, or email at

Activities Offered

To get our course started, we will learn new names, participate in a low ropes course, and do some fun icebreaker activities to get to know our group. That afternoon and the following day, we will establish group agreements and leadership roles, in addition to learning about camping skills, such as cooking, cleaning and setting up a tent. In the evenings we hold “Evening Meetings” where we enjoy the process of debriefing our day, sharing about ourselves, and learning.

Participants build leadership skills while working together on the backcountry trails of the Klamath Siskiyou forest.  During the backpacking trip, students step out of their comfort zone to try new things, learn from their challenges, develop new technical skills, expand self efficacy, and build lifelong friendships!

Join in on the exhilarating river expedition portion of the trip on the scenic Rogue River, spanning two days and nights. Participants will discover the thrill and adventure of whitewater rafting on the Rogue River, as well as learn the technical skills to do so safely. Instructors train you to navigate rapids and students take turns leading each other down Class I-II sections of the river.

Course participants will have the opportunity to gain leadership skills during all aspects of their trip. They will be involved in cooking backcountry meals, setting camp, teaching peers outdoor skills and more!

What to Expect

Parents are responsible for arranging pickup and drop off for their children to the Deer Creek Center, located at 1241 Illinois River Rd., in Selma, OR. The drop off time for the program is at 9:00am on June 17th and the pick up is at 11:00am on June 22nd. All transportation between backpacking and rafting trips is provided. 

Day 1 – Team building and group agreements, head out on trail
Day 2 – Backpacking in Klamath Siskiyous
Day 3 – Backpacking then return to trailhead for transport to Rogue River
Day 4 – Begin river trip at Hog Creek
Day 5 – River trip put in at Indian Mary campground 
Day 6 – Return to SFI

All meals including snacks will be provided on the trip for participants. Youth will support the cooking and cleaning of all meals during the trip. Dietary restrictions and allergies will be requested upon sign up so staff have ample time to create a healthy menu for all participants.

Gear rentals for participants are available. When registering  and paying for the trip, please check off what gear items your youth will need to rent. 

All weather appropriate clothing and hiking shoes will need to be brought with participant (we don’t offer boot or clothing rentals at this time)

$1,000 includes all trip costs: transportation to trailhead and rafting, food, gear rental, and staffing. Limited scholarship options are available. Contact for more information. 

Camp Sessions

Thank you for your interest in attending Summer camp at the Siskiyou Field Institute!

If you have any questions about which camp is right for you and your child, please contact the Youth Education Program Manager: call at 541-597-8530 ext. 106 or email at To register, please click on the link below.

Activities Offered

Our low ropes course is meant to safely challenge campers and have them face their fears or support their fellow campers towards accomplishing their goals. Our instructors will guide campers through a scenario and explain the rules, but it is up to the camper to step forward and make it through to the other side!

The more we can see and hear in nature, the richer our experience of nature will be. We play games that will build campers’ ability to walk silently in the forest, to listen to all of the creatures and phenomenon around them, and to see fine details in order to begin identifying plants and differentiating animal tracks.

Nature journaling is a way for campers to put their own spin on their experiences and to decompress and contextualize what they observe after or as part of their activities. Campers will gain confidence in their abilities to draw and to learn in their own way, and hopefully discover new personal interests in nature and science!

The textures, colors, sounds, and smells of nature have long inspired great works of art. By going out and experiencing these sensations first hand, our campers will be able to craft their own works of art, some of which they will take home, and some that will remain in the environment where they were created.

What to Expect

Parents are responsible for arranging pickup and dropoff for their children to the Deer Creek Center, located at 1241 Illinois River Rd., in Selma, OR. All camps begin at 9:00am. Pickup for Junior Outdoor Explorers will be at 1:00pm, pickup for Outdoor Explorers and Outdoor Creators will be at 3:30pm.

Healthy trail snacks will be provided to ensure campers stay happy, healthy, and energized throughout the day. Parents should provide their camper with a water bottle that can be refilled on site. Trail lunches or sandwiches will be provided for Outdoor Explorer and Outdoor Creator camps.

We will be swimming in the creek to beat the heat. Please provide your camper with bathing suits, towels, and a change of closed-toe shoes they can wear to walk safely down to the creek. There are facilities for changing in and out of swim clothes.