For Schools

Teachers and Group Leaders

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.

Register your school early; our program calendar fills up quickly.
Grades K-12 can register for all of our programs up to one year in advance!
If the dates you want are already filled, you can be placed on our waitlist. We will notify you if there is a cancellation.

Contact our Youth Education Coordinator to register your group today:
Call 541-597-8530 or email at youthprograms@thesfi.org

2020 Youth Education Calendar

Winter 2019/2020:  NEW SnowSchool day field trip programs run mid-January through March.  (35 students max)

Spring 2020:  Overnight residential and day programs for schools run mid-March through June.  (70 students max)

Summer 2020:  Backpacking, overnight camps, and day camps for individuals run June through August.

Fall 2020:  Overnight residential and day programs for schools run September through November.  (70 students max)

(See more details below…)

What to Expect

Once a group leader has set a program date with our youth education coordinator, leaders will receive a confirmation email within 3-5 business days. The confirmation packet will include deposit information, a cost estimate, all important deadlines and necessary paperwork.

Travel and Logistics
Each school is responsible for transportation to and from the Siskiyou Field Institute campus. We encourage each group to bring at least one personal vehicle in case of emergencies. Overnight program arrival time for the first day is 12:30 p.m. and departure is 10:30 a.m. Day Program arrival and departure times can vary. Transportation may be organized via carpool or bus. Buses are allowed to remain on SFI grounds for the entire program length, if needed.

Food Service
We are proud to provide healthy and filling meals for our over-night campers. SFI asks that schools plan for the first day of overnight programming by bringing a sack lunch. The first meal served for overnight programs is typically dinner on the first day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared by SFI’s onsite camp cook. SFI serves snacks throughout the day. All allergies and sensitivities can be accommodated.
For our day programs, SFI asks that schools plan to bring sack lunches. Refrigeration is available if needed.

Day Programs

Qualify for Oregon Outdoor School Measure 99 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

SFI offers field-based, educational day programs that can be tailored to fit the needs of K-12 public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Day programs typically run four hours in length. All SFI curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule.

SnowSchool:
Mid-January through March on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
35 students max, grades K-12
SnowSchool provides elementary through high school students the opportunity to strap on snowshoes and explore one of the sources of our local watershed. Groups meet SFI instructors at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area and head out for a fun-filled day of science and exploration. Students study mountain snowpack and its importance, and the characteristics of snow.
The SnowSchool experience can begin in the classroom with a one-hour-long class visit and end with a snowpack prediction contest for elementary students to help connect your class to the field.
Module emphasis: 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.

Watershed & Salmon Ecology:
Year-round, grades K-12
Students explore two creeks and a pond at the SFI using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey.  By looking at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ Coho salmon, students learn why watershed science is important, and how to determine what makes a healthy waterway.
Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp., oxygen) comparing ponds and streams, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to successful salmon.

Watershed & Salmon Ecology:
Year-round, grades K-12
Students explore two creeks and a pond at the SFI using data from a 2018 Forest Service stream survey.  By looking at the watershed through the eyes of our creeks’ Coho salmon, students learn why watershed science is important, and how to determine what makes a healthy waterway.
Module emphasis: stream inventory/survey, water quality measurements (pH, temp., oxygen) comparing ponds and streams, macroinvertebrates, aquatic food webs, stream retention and flow, salmon life cycle, and human barriers to successful salmon.

Forests, Fire & Climate Ecology:
Year-round, grades K-12
Students examine the role of fire in ecosystems, what influences spread and intensity, and how fire can be used to maintain ecosystem health. Due to the 2018 Klondike fire, the 2017 Chetco Bar fire, and the 2002 Biscuit fire, the SFI and surroundings demonstrate extensive successional changes that create the perfect lens for looking at the fires and their role in forests. 
Module emphasis: Human management of forestland, bark beetle study, fireboard study, carbon sequestration, vegetation survey, tree identification, plant adaptation to climate/fire, and exploration of the University of Oregon’s on-site climate study experiment. 

Serpentine Geobotany:
Year-round, grades K-12
Students explore the unique serpentine ecology of this region and the flora that has adapted in its mineral-rich, nutrient-poor soils. Hosting a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings, the SFI property provides ample opportunities for hands-on exploration of insectivorous and endemic plants.
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:
Year-round, grades K-12
Students practice citizen science by investigating animal and plant biodiversity and their adaptations. SFI’s property is situated in the heart of the Klamath Siskiyou ecoregion, a global center of biodiversity that harbors more conifers than any other temperate forest in the world, 280 species of flowering plants that are found nowhere else, and an abundant array of wildlife. 
Module emphasis: Plant community exploration and identification, animal adaptations, songbird, and migratory bird observation, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.

High and Low Ropes Challenge Course:
Year-round (depending on weather)
A Siskiyou experience like none other! The Ropes Challenge Course at SFI consists of six different high and low ropes challenge course elements: Giant Swing, Catwalk, Staple Climb (the high elements), and Diversity Trail, Vertical Spider Web, and The Bridge is Out (the low elements). Under the direction of our trained facilitators, students connect the challenges they face while completing the course with real-life obstacles, and develop self-confidence, trust, and teamwork. Harnesses for the High Ropes section of the course accommodate waist sizes between 22-51 inches. Consider reserving it for your next business retreat, family reunion, or birthday party!

On-demand Service Learning Projects:
Year-round, K-12
We work with teachers and group facilitators to provide service-learning opportunities for your group that could include planting for pollinators, invasive species removal, and riparian restoration among others. Contact the Youth Education Programs coordinator for more information.

Day Program Fees: 
Pricing varies based on income eligibility guidelines. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required within 14 days of scheduling to reserve your date. If scheduling a day program less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be due upon scheduling. Please see the Youth Education section of our website, siskiyoufieldinstitute.org for Day Program pricing.

% of students that qualify for federal free / reduced lunch

Cost per student SFI day programs & high & low ropes course programsCost per student Snow SchoolIn-class outreach fees per hour

0-40%

$27$32$55
40-80%$26$28$50
80-100%$25$25$45

Residential Programs

Our residential overnight programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for fifth grade through high school-aged public, private, charter, and homeschool students. Residential programs are typically one to four nights in length and include meals, lodging, instruction from qualified instructors, and evening campfire activities. All SFI curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

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. 

Residential Siskiyou Outdoor School:
Spring and Fall, grades 5 & 6
Immerse students in Oregon’s natural landscape while learning about the Klamath Siskiyou region through deep nature connections and place-based inquiry. Students engage directly with nature to investigate, measure, and report discoveries while enhancing their social and emotional development through discussion and collaboration. As a result, students learn faster, understand better, and retain the information longer.
**This program qualifies for Measure 99 funding. Stay on-site at SFI for two, three, or four nights, while enjoying evening programs and nightly campfires. Schools can also qualify for Measure 99 funding by selecting three consecutive day programs.

Non-residential Siskiyou Outdoor School: 
Spring and Fall, grades 5 & 6
By selecting three consecutive day programs, we can build your students an experience where they are immersed in nature over three consecutive days.
**This program qualifies for Measure 99 funding.

Outdoor School Student Leader Program: 
Spring and Fall, grades 9-12
We are excited to offer this opportunity to high school-age students in the Illinois and Rogue Valleys! Student Leaders are high school students with an interest in environmental education and a commitment to community service. We offer opportunities for them to build their leadership skills by acting as a counselor, teacher, and role model for 5th and 6th grade students at Outdoor School. This program builds confidence and collaborative skills while providing students with a fun way to earn community service hours, add meaningful volunteer experience to their resumes, and find potential employment during summer camps at SFI. High school student leaders stay on-site for the duration of the Outdoor School session (3-5 days) while receiving training, mentorship, and progress reports from SFI staff members. Passing grades, completion of all homework, and a good attendance record are all prerequisites for students wishing to become student leaders. 

Overnight School Programs:
Year-round, grades 5-12
Fit more fun and exploration into your students’ field studies by staying overnight at SFI with your class! 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, two, or three nights of programming, and choose from our learning modules to fit your curriculum needs. All of our programs emphasize social and emotional development, deep nature connections, collaborative skills, active inclusion, and mindfulness. 

Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule.