2019 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 4 hours. Please contact the YEP coordinator to customize your program schedule. One curriculum module per day should be chosen by the group leader. Please see "Day Program"
specific options and “Curriculum Modules” below.
NEW! SNOWSCHOOL and WINTER ECOLOGY Day Programs
SnowSchool Day Program
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.
High and Low Ropes Challenge Course
A Siskiyou experience like none other! Students will navigate our three high elements-- including a climb up a 100 ft. Douglas fir tree --with the support of their peers. They’ll take a dive through the treetops in the giant swing and balance across a suspended catwalk log. Our low ropes course is only conquered through critical thinking, communication, and teamwork. This experience not only thrills but also stretches comfort zones, instills trust in peers and reinforces a spirit of collaboration.
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.
Teachers can choose from the following themes to tailor programming. Group leaders choose one module per day. All of our programs emphasize team building, collaborative skills, and mindfulness.
Day Program Field 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’ prevalent Coho salmon. Students also learn about the characteristics and importance of watershed science.
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 exploration of 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 land includes a Darlingtonia fen and serpentine outcroppings; both host a variety of endemic flora.
Module of 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, birding, songbird and migratory bird exploration, habitat requirements, animal specimen investigation, scat exploration, tracking, terrestrial food webs, interspecies communication.
DAY PROGRAM FEES
A 3% non-refundable deposit is required to keep the date, within 14 days of receiving your confirmation email and estimated cost invoice. Lunch can be provided for an additional $4/person. If you schedule a day program less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be due upon scheduling.
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|Cost per student SFI day programs & high & low ropes course programs
||Cost per student Snow School
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