On Conifers & Climate

Students struck out into the diverse forests of SFI’s property this month to learn all about ‘Montane Conifers: Identification, Measurements, and Responses to Climate.’ Our instructors, Lucy Kerhoulas and Rosemary Sherriff, joined SFI from Humboldt University, where they are both researchers and professors. Co-hosting the course were Dr. Chris Lee, a forest health specialist from CalFire, and … Read more

Bootstrap Botany and Photography on 8 Dollar Mountain

You’ll wear out your $8 boots while exploring 8 Dollar Mountain’s spectacular outburst of spring bloom in this course designed for wildflower enthusiasts with little plant i.d. experience. In the classroom you’ll learn basic plant terminology, practice keying common species, and see collected local specimens in the herbarium created by Keir Morse. Our instructor will … Read more

Estuarine Ecology at the Mouth of the Coquille River – Postponed

This field course will be rescheduled for late spring. The Mouth of the Coquille River in the Bandon area offers a stunning variety of natural habitats to discover, from estuarine wetlands to grassy dunes to rocky shore and more. In this light-walking weekend, we’ll visit several Oregon State Parks and two National Wildlife Refuges. Along … Read more

Sketch Your Way to Better Botany – Canceled

This course has been canceled due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. It will be rescheduled for 2021. A great opportunity for artists, botanists, gardeners and other plant enthusiasts to acquire or increase sketching skills and botanical vocabulary.  Each morning will include classroom lectures illustrating terms related to plant parts and structures. Afternoons will begin with … Read more

Botanizing Whetstone Butte by Christine Yee and Jon Carlson, CH

Botanizing Whetstone Butte with botanist Cecile Shohet was my first class at the Siskiyou Field Institute.  She was assisted by special guest field guide, geologist John Roth, who held the back end of our hefty class of 25 along the single trails. Though we had two expert leaders, I was also impressed by how much … Read more