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Overview

Fall in the Field is a place-based capstone experience for SOU Environmental Education Master's students. Each cohort designs residential and non-residential environmental education programs and delivers them each fall. This allows emerging environmental educators to put into practice what they have learned in the program and provide a much needed service to students throughout Southern Oregon.

The residential and day programs are offered at three field sites this year. Residential programs are held at the Siskiyou Field Institute's Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education in Selma, OR. Day programs are offered at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument off of Hwy 66 near the Green Springs Summit, and this year we are introducing a pilot day program at Ashland Pond in Ashland, Oregon. All programs are aligned to interdisciplinary state standards including Science, English, Math, Social Sciences, and much more.

Every Cohort brings their own flavor to the Fall in the Field experience. This year’s theme is “Rooted in Discovery: Explore our space, Find our place.” The phrase was born from our collective interest in guiding students to explore connections in nature, with nature, and with each other. By discovering the world around them, we hope  students will gain a better understanding of their environment and the role they play in their communities, ultimately rooting them in discovery. 

Check back soon for online registration.

April 15: Pre-registration begins for former participants
April 29: Open registration begins

Fall in the Field Programs

Deer Creek Center Residential Program

Deer Creek Center Residential Program

Overnight residential programs will be offered at Deer Creek Center located in Selma, Oregon. Deer Creek is home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living under harsh conditions shaped by serpentine soils. Whether students are exploring the fen filled with carnivorous pitcher plants, searching for macroinvertebrates in the creek, or hiking through dynamic riparian and fire-scarred habitats, they are sure to come away from the experience with a sense of wonder and curiosity, as well as a better understanding of Earth’s systems, human activity, and ecosystems.

 

Deer Creek Facilities

Participants will use: 

  • Covered pavilion with fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • Hiking trails
  • Two yurts (each sleeps about 15-17 individuals, chaperones included)
  • Restroom facilities with showers

Additional facilities such as private rooms and dormitory beds are available to adults for an extra fee. Tent and RV camping are permitted free of charge, although no hookups are available. Please see the Deer Creek Center accommodations web page for more information. You will need to contact Deer Creek Center directly at 541-597-8530 to make individual arrangements.

Safety Note: This is a wilderness facility and although we take every possible precaution, there are natural hazards such as poison oak and ticks that must be considered.

For more detailed information about the site and pictures, please visit the Siskiyou Field Institute website.

Details for Deer Creek

Dates:

  • September 15 - October 30
  • We offer 1 - 3 night residential programs Tuesday - Friday

Grade Levels

  • 4th - 8th

SOU and Deer Creek Center Provides:

  • Unique outdoor learning environment
  • Standards-based lessons
  • “Best Practices” instruction
  • Learning materials and resources
  • Activity journals
  • Pre and post visit curriculum
  • Assessment and evaluations

Schools provide:

  • Transportaion to the site*
  • Meals and food preparation for students

*Transportation assistance available through an OFRI grant. It is important that teachers apply prior to the program start date!

Please visit the website for more information. Click Here.

Deer Creek Fees

  • $40 per group per day instructional fee
  • $50 per yurt per night
  • $5 per person general fee
  • $5 per person (optional) Food for Thought program*

*Classes have the option of participating in a local foods lesson and dinner for an additional cost. We are supplying our Food for Thought meal from several local businesses this year.

Directions to Deer Creek Center

Deer Creek Center (DCC) is located at 1241 Illinois River Road in Selma, OR 

From Grants Pass and points north - Take Hwy 199 S (Redwood Highway) south to Selma. At Selma turn right at the blinking light onto Illinois River Road (aka County Road 5070). There is a 76 gas station on the corner.  DCC is approximately 1.5 miles up Illinois River Road on the left.

From Cave Junction, Crescent City and points south - Take 199 N (Redwood Highway) north to Selma. At Selma turn left at the blinking light onto Illinois River Road (aka County Road 5070). There is a 76 gas station on the corner. DCC is approximately 1.5 miles up Illinois River Road on the left.  

 

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Day Program

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Day Program

Established in 2000, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) was the first National Monument to be created solely to preserve biodiversity. Just 18 miles from Ashland, the Monument is home to diverse ecosystems that thrive on the geologic foundations that give these mountains their character. From the fire forest of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine to the snow forest dominated by White Fir, Cascade-Siskiyou harbors a fascinating mix of organisms that create a perfect classroom for learning about life in the mountains of Southern Oregon.

Through a partnership with the BLM and the Friends of CSNM, Fall in the Field will provide day programs in and around CSNM, with an interactive hike to one of two sites: Hobart Bluff or Green Springs Mountain.

CSNM Facilities

CSNM provides adequate school bus access and parking, as well as toilets.

Details for CSNM

Dates:

  • September 15 - October 30
  • Day programs are offered Tuesday - Friday

Grades:

  • 4th - 12th

SOU/BLM Provides:

  • Breathtaking learning environment
  • “Best Practices” instruction
  • Standards-aligned curricula
  • Learning materials and resources
  • Parking and portable toilets
  • Activity journals
  • Assessment and evaluations

CSNM Fees

  • $40 instructional fee for each class of up to 40 students (ONE class).
  • Need-based transportation stipends available through the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
  • Bus grants are also available through Oregon Forests Resources Institute. For more information Click Here.
  • Schools must apply for these grant options prior to program dates.

Directions to CSNM

Map to sites in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (pdf link) 

Ashland Pond Day Program

Ashland Pond Day Program

Through a partnership with Ashland Parks & Recreation, our new pilot program guides students as they examine the inner workings of nature in Ashland’s backyard. Bird watching, macroinvertebrate sampling, and analyzing water quality are just some of the learning opportunities that this site has to offer. The Pond, at the confluence of Ashland Creek and Bear Creek, provides an outdoor learning laboratory for riparian explorations.

Teachers may choose either a half or full day experience. Full day programs feature a morning session of hands-on lessons around the site followed by Service Learning projects in the afternoon through a partnership with Lomakatsi Restoration Project. Half day programs consist solely of the hands-on lessons. Priority registration will be given to applicants requesting full day programs. Due to the nature of this pilot program, space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Ashland Pond Facilities

Ashland Pond provides adequate school bus parking and toilets at the Ashland City Dog Park.

Details for Ashland Pond

Dates:

  • November 2nd - 6th

Grades:

  • 4th - 8th

SOU/Ashland Parks & Recreation Provides:

  • Breathtaking learning environment
  • “Best Practices” instruction
  • Standards-aligned curricula
  • Learning materials and resources
  • Parking and toilets at the Dog Park
  • Activity journals
  • Assessment and evaluations
  • Tools for service learning

Ashland Pond Fees

  • $25 instructional fee for half-day programs 
  • $40 instructional fee for full-day programs

Directions to Ashland Pond

Ashland Pond parking is located off of Almeda Dr. in Ashland OR. 97520 at the Ashland Dog Park

From Grants Pass and Points North - Take Highway 5 S south to Ashland exit 19. From exit 19 take Eagle Mill Rd. to Almeda Dr. and the Ashland Dog Park.  

 

Contact Us

We would love to have you out in the field this fall!

Please send a request to seec@sou.edu

Siskiyou Environmental Education Center
 
S.T.E.M. Department
 
Southern Oregon University
 
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
 
Ashland, OR  97520 

Phone: (541) 552-6876