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We offer an overnight program at Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education in Selma, OR and a day program at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument off of Hwy 66 near the Green Springs Summit.  Through hands-on, experiential learning, our SOU Environmental Education Master's students provide science education that is updated yearly and aligned to state standards in science, English, math, and social sciences. 

For a list of state standards addressed in the 2014 program, click here

Download the 2014 Fall In The Field Flier.



To be announced with the upcoming Cohort 7 Program! 


Deer Creek Center Overnight Program


Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Day Program



Fall in the Field Programs


Deer Creek Center Overnight Program

Theme: Tugging On Nature's Web!

Deer Creek Center sits at the foot of Eight Dollar Mountain on the banks of Deer Creek, a tributary to the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The region is known as one of our planet’s most diverse networks of mountains and rivers, making it the ideal setting for a field experience.

From the center visitors have access to 850 acres of lush forests, creeks, and meadows. National Forest borders the property on three sides. The accessible site is located one mile outside Selma off Highway 199 and can be reached by paved road.

Within a short hike from the center students can observe aquatic macroinvertebrates in the pristine Deer Creek, marvel at a patch of rare carnivorous Cobra Lilies, or explore the wildlife-rich habitat left by one the largest fires in Oregon history.

Attracted to the extreme diversity of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, researchers and students from around the country utilize the site for scientific conferences, restoration projects, and naturalist training programs. Deer Creek Center provides ample opportunities for students to explore ecological concepts using approaches that are difficult to replicate in a classroom setting.

Deer Creek Facilities

Participants will use:

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

Students will sleep in separate yurts for the girls and the boys, each with required parent chaperones.

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.


Deer Creek Fees

1 Night Program

            $50     per yurt ($100 for both yurts)
            $  3     per person (students and adults) 
            $75     instructional fee per group (flat rate)
            $  4     per person (optional)  Food for Thought program*

2 Night Program

            $50     per night, per yurt ($200 for both yurts)
            $  3     per person (students and adults), per night 
            $105    instructional fee per group (flat rate)
            $  4     per person (optional)  Food for Thought program*

3 Night Program

            $50     per night, per yurt ($300 for both yurts)
            $  3     per person (students and adults), per night 
            $135    instructional fee per group (flat rate)
            $  4     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 meal from several different local businesses this year. It is possible that we will receive donations to reduce costs.

Deer Creek 1 Night Sample Schedule

Day 1
10:00 Students arrive
10:00-10:15 Drop off stuff, eat snack, pack day                         pack
10:15-10:45 Orientation
10:50-12:05 Lesson 1
12:05-12:35 Lunch
12:35-1:50 Lesson 2
1:55-3:10 Lesson 3
3:10-3:20 Snack
3:30-4:15 Choose your Own Adventure
4:20-4:45 Group game—Fire Tag
4:45-5:00 Set up beds in yurts, wash hands, grab an extra layer
5:00-5:45 Food for Thought lesson (with bread snack)
5:45-6:15 Dinner, group game when finished with dinner
6:15-7:00 Skit-making (chaperones clean up dinner)
7:00-8:00 Campfire Program
8:00-8:45 Night Hike
8:45-9:00 Constellation lesson
9:00-9:30 Get ready for bed
9:30 Lights out
Day 2
7:00 Rise and Shine
7:00-7:30 Pack up
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-10:00 Fire Ecology lesson with hike (eat snack after hike)
10:00-10:30 Introduce the Culminating lesson and silent hike
10:30-11:30 Culminating activity
11:30-12:00 Closure and post-assessment
12:00 Load buses and students leave

Details for Deer Creek
What to bring to Deer Creek Center:

  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Shoes that can be worn in the creek (rubber boots, water sandals)
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Shorts and pants – the weather varies
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, towel
  • Personal medications
  • Headlamp or flashlight
Teacher/ School Provides:
  • Chaperones (1 for every 5 students)
  • Transportation (See below for transportation assistance)
  • Food (except one dinner if participating in Food for Thought)*
  • Instructional Fee
  • Accommodation Fee

SOU and Deer Creek Center Provides:

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

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.

Directions to Deer Creek Center

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

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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.  

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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Day Program

Theme: Tugging On Nature's Web!

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the first monument set aside primarily for the preservation of biodiversity. The convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountain Ranges has created diverse ecosystems that support an unusually-high variety of species in a small geographic area.

In collaboration with the BLM, SOU is excited to offer day programs at CSNM. Since the monument is located only 18 miles from Ashland, these programs give students the opportunity to explore biodiversity in a unique setting close to home. The day program format also allows us to cater to a wide range of grade levels. Visits to the monument will include hikes, sweeping views of the valley, and hands-on lessons that take advantage of the rich outdoor setting.

CSNM Facilities

CSNM provides adequate school bus parking and toilets. All sites have appropriate roads and parking for school bus access.


 $35 Instructional fee for each class of up to 40 students (ONE class).

CSNM Sample Schedule
     9:15am                Class arrives
     9:30-10:00           Orientation
     10:00-11:30         Guided hike and lessons
     11:30-12:00         Lunch
     12:00-12:30         Guided hike and lessons
     12:30-1:00          Closing activity
     1:00                    Class Departs
Details for CSNM

What to bring to CSNM:

  • Sack lunches and snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers (sweatshirt or fleece, jacket) - weather can be unpredictable
  • Hat and sunscreen
Teacher/ School Provides:
  • Transportation
  • Chaperones (1 for every 5 students)
  • Instructional fee
  • Lunches for students
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

Need-based transportation stipends available through the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Bus grants are also available through OFRI. 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)


Contact Us

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

Please send a request to

Siskiyou Environmental Education Center
Biology Department
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR  97520 

Phone: (541) 552-6876