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Cohort 7 is proud to introduce...  



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. 

Online registration is now open!  Please see the registration page for more details.

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


  • 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

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.  



Contact Us

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

Please send a request to

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

Phone: (541) 552-6876