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The Fall in the Field 2015 Final Report is available to read.  


Fall in the Field is a place-based capstone experience for graduate students in the Master of Science in Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University. 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 opportunity to students throughout Southern Oregon.

The residential and day programs are offered at several field sites. Residential programs are held at the Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education in Selma, Oregon. Day programs are offered at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument off of Hwy 66 near the Green Springs Summit, and 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 Uncover the Wild Within: Realizing our role in natural communities. One of the main goals of Environmental Education is for students to understand their place in the world.  Connecting to nature, whether it is one's own backyard or a special place deep in the wilderness, provides an opportunity for people to be inspired by knowledge gained outdoors.  This year's program integrates Citizen Science and service learning into interdisciplinary lessons designed to connect students to themselves and their surrounding communities. We hope to encourage students of all ages to discover their own voice and forge connections with the world around them. 

Online registration for Fall in the Field 2016 is currently open.

Are you interested in scholarships to sponsor your class' Fall in the Field experience?  Please see our Educator Page for more information.

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 as well, 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, ticks, and rattlesnakes 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 13 - October 28

Grade Levels

  • 4th - 8th

SOU and Deer Creek Center Provides:

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

Schools provide:

  • Transportation to the site
  • Meals and food preparation for students

Schedule of events:

Food for Thought Program:

  • For an additional $2 per student, classes can participate in a local foods lesson and dinner each night taught by Fall in the Field staff but prepared by teachers and chaperones.  This lesson sources ingredients from local farms and businesses.

Deer Creek Fees

  • $40 per group per day instructional fee
  • $50 per yurt per night
  • $8 per person general fee
  • $2 per person (optional) Food for Thought program

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 (also referred to as 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 (also referred to as 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 

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