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Siskiyou Field Institute

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1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States

August 2021

Campfire with the Caves: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12 @ 9:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
Free

Join a parks service ranger as they show us the beauty of the night sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower! Arrive on time to allow your eyes time to adjust for best viewing. Blanket or camp chair suggested. FREE and family-friendly! Please use the secondary entrance to SFI property, approximately 0.2 miles past the primary entrance when approaching from Selma. This will prevent your headlights from interfering with the night vision of our guests on the lawn, thank you!

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September 2021

Montane Conifers: Identification, Measurements, and Responses to Climate

September 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$70.00

Gain a deeper understanding of our own regional forests, and how to better steward them, in this course focused on local montane conifers. In the classroom and the field, this course will cover identifying common conifers, understanding forest health and fire vulnerability, and how to identify common forest pests. Also explore how topography, geography, and climate influence trees and their responses to drought, and learn about the methods used to study these responses. Finally, learn about your instructors’ current research…

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Best of Pet Rock Show

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$80.00

Stop taking gneiss leaverites for granite by bringing your pet or mystery rock to SFI! Learn to identify rocks through simple ID methods with the help of a geologist. Common valley rocks will also be showcased as well as ones so rare rock-hounds closely guard their whereabouts. Then take to the field to see rocks in context: chilled dikes, pegmatites, and pillow basalt turbidites. Introduced with an online presentation on the rocks of the Illinois Valley.

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October 2021

Meet the Trees

October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$35.00

Can you tell a fir from a pine? An ash from a maple?  Tree blindness is a common malady, but this course will cure you! Visit numerous examples of native Oregon trees, including some very old and large conifers, at Riverside Park in Grants Pass. Learn how to use all of your senses to identify trees by their bark, leaves, flowers and seeds, plus interesting stories about their history and uses. Appropriate for families with young children as well as…

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Fall Foraging: Nuts and Roots

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$70

The bounty of nature doesn’t end with summer! Join us to learn about harvesting many of the useful roots, berries, bark, and nuts that can be found in the fall months. Spend time in the field identifying, learning the benefits of, and collecting local flora. Then get hands-on practice preparing your own medicinal tincture, as well as some warm fall treats and teas. Ages 12+ welcome! Cost: $70 (includes $15 materials fee)

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November 2021

Salmon Viewing & Biology

November 13 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$70.00

Learn about the Pacific salmon’s tumultuous journey from Siskiyou rivers to the ocean, and back again. Identify and learn about the fascinating life cycles of local salmonid species, including fall and spring Chinook salmon, coho salmon, winter and summer steelhead, and cutthroat trout. In the field, enjoy a chance to study salmon spawning behavior from the water’s edge.

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Fall Foray: Mushrooms of the Siskiyous

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$75.00

Learn how to safely identify, collect and then eat local mushrooms! Discover key characteristics of typical species and acquire skill in differentiating the poisonous and inedible from the edible types. We’ll take to the field and identify fungi commonly found in forests of the Siskiyou Mountains, as well as discuss cooking techniques and share recipes.

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Truffles of the Siskiyous

November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 21 @ 5:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
$165.00

Truffles are highly evolved mushrooms that have adapted for survival by “going underground,” where they often go unnoticed. In a series of labs, lectures, and field trips, you’ll discover where to look for truffles, how to identify them by sight, smell and under the microscope, as well as their important ecological roles in mycorrhizal networks. Nearly 400 different types of truffles are known to exist in Oregon, and many species are found in the diverse Siskiyou bioregion. Ages 16+ welcome.

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