Camps & Programs

Siskiyou Field Institute offers place-based educational programming for youth 4 years of age and up. We are celebrating our 20th year as an educational institution by deepening our youth program curriculum. It has been planned to more closely align with the SFI mission of student-driven inquiry and hands-on environmental science in the field.

Day Programs

Qualify for Outdoor School funding by selecting three consecutive day programs.

SFI Day Programs can be tailored to fit K-12 public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Day programs typically run four hours long and can include multiple curriculum modules over consecutive days. Pricing can be adjusted if a group would like more or less than four hours. Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule. One curriculum module per day should be chosen by the group leader.

DAY PROGRAM FEES
A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to keep the date, within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email and estimated cost invoice. If you schedule a day program less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be due upon scheduling.

Day Program Field Modules

High and Low Ropes Challenge Course: In this one-of-a-kind Siskiyou learning experience, groups will spend the day navigating our high and low elements supported by trained instructors. Our course includes a climb up a 100 ft. Douglas fir tree, a dive through the treetops in the giant swing, and a catwalk across a suspended log. Our low ropes element course is only conquered only through critical thinking, communication and teamwork.  This experience thrills while it stretches comfort zones, instills trust in peers and enforces a spirit of collaboration. A group of at least five participants is required to run the program (high ropes harnesses accommodate waist sizes 22-51 inches). Great for birthday parties and quality family time! Cost is $27 per participant.

NEW! Snow School Day Program Runs January-March, 40 students max. SnowSchool will take place at Mount Ashland Ski Resort. Groups will meet SFI instructors at the ski lodge and head out for a fun-filled day of science and exploration. Instruction time can be up to four hours. Maximum group size is 40 students.

SnowSchool is a nationwide science curriculum that provides middle through high school students with the opportunity to strap on snowshoes and explore the source of our western watersheds. It connects students to mountain snowpack and illuminates the importance and characteristics of snow. All SFI curriculum aligns with NGSS and CC standards.

The SnowSchool experience can begin in the classroom with a class visit (about 45-60 min.) and end with a snowpack prediction contest for elementary students to help connect your class to the field. The class with the most accurate prediction wins a pizza party!

Curriculum includes: Exploration of the Mt. Ashland winter wonderland on snowshoes, watershed science, snow to water equivalency, snow pit analysis, animal/plant/human adaptations, snow crystal exploration, avalanche education, belly sliding and other fun winter games.

Hill to Valley Watershed Study: Grades 5 – 8 explore creeks at both Siskiyou Field Institute and the Oregon Caves National Monument to learn about watersheds, hydrology, aquatic food webs, macro-invertebrates, and water quality parameters. Students conduct water quality testing of Caves Creek and attend a ranger-led cave tour. Students then return to SFI to compare data gathered at both sites.This program is facilitated through a partnership with Oregon Caves National Monument.

Watershed & Salmon Ecology: Students explore our two creeks and pond using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey. We will look at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ Coho salmon. Students also learn why watershed science is important.Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp, oxygen) comparing pond and stream, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to salmon.

Forests, Fire, & Climate Ecology: Our land and surroundings demonstrate extensive successional changes due to the 2018 Klondike fire, 2017 Chetco Bar fire, and the 2002 Biscuit fire, creating the perfect lens for looking at fire and its role in forests. Module emphasis: Human management of forestland, bark beetle study, fire board study, carbon sequestration, vegetation survey, tree ID, plant adaptation to climate/fire, and exploration of University of Oregon’s on-site climate study experiment.

Serpentine Geobotany: Our property features a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings hosting a variety of endemic flora. Module emphasis: Tectonic plates, Siskiyou geology, serpentine endemic species, soil testing/comparison (pH, soil type), soil pit analysis, Darlingtonia study, abiotic/biotic relationships.

Siskiyou Flora & Fauna: SFI’s property is situated in the Klamath Siskiyou ecoregion, a global center of biodiversity that also harbors one of the four richest temperate coniferous forests in the world.Module emphasis: Plant community exploration and ID, animal adaptations, songbird and migratory bird observation, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.

Residential Programs

Our residential overnight programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for fifth grade through high school-aged public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Choose from one – four night programs. Arrival time for residential programing is 12:30 p.m. Last day departure time is 10:30 a.m.

OVERNIGHT PROGRAM FEES
A $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your date is required within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email and estimated cost invoice. The package fee provides lodging, food, snacks, equipment and instruction. Teachers and chaperones stay free.

1 – 2 Night Residential Outdoor School Programs
We recommend at least a two-night program in order to have a more complete experience and qualify for outdoor school Oregon state funding requirements. Students will have opportunities to learn and play on our beautiful campus.

Low Ropes Course: Our low ropes element course can only be conquered through critical thinking, communication, and teamwork. This experience helps students develop communication skills and reflect on the importance and benefits of working as a group.

High Ropes Course, Day and 3 – 4 night programs ONLY A Siskiyou experience like no other! Students will navigate our 3 high elements with the support of their peers, including a climb up a 100 ft. Douglas fir tree, a dive through the treetops in the giant swing, and balancing across a suspended log on the catwalk. This experience thrills while it stretches comfort zones, instills trust in peers and encourages a spirit of collaboration.

Inquiry Day, 3 – 4 night programs ONLY
Students will spend their last full field day choosing, designing, and implementing their own science experiment! Students will draw from previous field days to choose a topic that they want to investigate. They will collaborate within their field groups to go through the scientific process. Each field group will present the previous day’s findings and conclusions on the last morning of the program.

Curriculum Modules

Watershed & Salmon Ecology: Students explore our two creeks and pond using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey. We will look at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ Coho salmon. Students also learn why watershed science is important.Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp, oxygen) comparing pond and stream, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to salmon.

Forests, Fire, & Climate Ecology: Our land and surroundings demonstrate extensive successional changes due to the 2018 Klondike fire, 2017 Chetco Bar fire, and the 2002 Biscuit fire, creating the perfect lens for looking at fire and its role in forests. Module emphasis: Human management of forestland, bark beetle study, fire board study, carbon sequestration, vegetation survey, tree ID, plant adaptation to climate/fire, and exploration of University of Oregon’s on-site climate study experiment.

Serpentine Geobotany: Our property features a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings hosting a variety of endemic flora. Module emphasis: Tectonic plates, Siskiyou geology, serpentine endemic species, soil testing/comparison (pH, soil type), soil pit analysis, Darlingtonia study, abiotic/biotic relationships.

Siskiyou Flora & Fauna: SFI’s property is situated in the Klamath Siskiyou ecoregion, a global center of biodiversity that also harbors one of the four richest temperate coniferous forests in the world.Module emphasis: Plant community exploration and ID, animal adaptations, songbird and migratory bird observation, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.