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Important Fall in the Field Information for Educators

Dear Educators: 

We look forward to working with you at Fall in the Field.  Before you arrive, there is some information you need and items you'll need to bring with you.  Please see the information below. Be sure to visit the Forms page as certain forms will need to be turned in to us well before your arrival.  Also, please direct parents and chaperones to the Parents page for student packings lists and other information.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Are you interested in funds to help cover transportation and bus costs to either Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Deer Creek Center, or Ashland Ponds?  Scholarships, bus funds, and bus reimbursements may be available from the following organizations:

Residential scholarships:

  • The Rogue Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring partial scholarships for our residential program at Deer Creek Center.

Transportation Scholarships:

  • Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument provides $50 bus stipends to 10 schools per year for field trips on the Monument, including Fall in the Field programs.
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) offers bus reimbursement for teachers taking students on forestry-related field trips.  Their online reimbursement form is user friendly. 
  • Additional financial support for transportation costs may be available from your administrator.  

Please contact the Fall in the Field planning team at seecinginfo@gmail.com if you are interested in applying for these scholarships.

Pre-Lesson

Pre-Lesson

We will come to you with a pre-lesson during the first weeks of September.  You will be contacted about setting up a time for this pre-lesson.

Sample Schedules

Sample Schedules

Program schedules will vary based on location and the length of your program.  Below you will find sample schedules for each location.

Dear Creek Center

1 Night

Fall in the Field youth studying rocks in nature

Day 1 
10:00 Students arrive- Orientation
 
11:00 Students drop off gear in yurts

11:30 Structured game time
 
12:00 Lunch
 
1:00 Lesson 1 
 
2:30 Snacktime
 
3:00 Lesson 2
 
4:30 Outdoor Free Time/Group Game
 
5:30 Food For Thought Program
 
6:00 Dinner
 
6:45 Retrieve nighttime gear and layers
 
7:15 Campfire
 
8:30 Get ready for bed
 
9:30 Lights out
Fall in the Field class under the trees
Day 2
7:00 Optional morning activitiy
 
8:00 Breakfast
 
8:45 Pack up, clean yurts, load busses
 
9:30 Closing Lesson
 
11:00 Closing Ceremony
 
12:00 Lunch
 
1:00 Departure 
 

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument     

8:45 a.m. Students arrive/ Orientation      

9:00 Lesson 1    

11:15 Trail Lunch   

12:00 Lesson 2      

1:15  Group Closure     

1:30 Students Depart     

Ashland Pond (half day)

9:00 Students Arrive/Orientation

9:30 Lesson 1

10:30 Lesson 2

11:30 Wrap-up

12:00 Students Depart

Ashland Pond (full day)

9:00 Students Arrive/Orientation

9:30 Lesson 1

10:30 Lesson 2

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Service Learning/Restoration

1:30 Wrap-up

2:00 Students depart

Medications, Special Concerns, and Safety

Medications, Special Concerns, and Safety

Teachers will keep and disseminate all medications.

Teachers will be in charge of having medical forms with them during Fall in the Field.  For health and medical forms, please see the teacher packet that will be sent to you before your schedule program date(s) or the Forms page.  We ask that teachers submit this form alerting us of allergies or other safety concerns that we need to make accomodations for.  

What to Bring

What to Bring With You

There are a number of items that teachers are required to provide for each location.  Please see below for more information.  For student packing lists, please visit the Forms page.

Dear Creek Center

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 and Accommodation Fees (due prior to arrival)

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument/Ashland Pond

Teacher/ School Provides:

  • Transportation
  • Chaperones (1 for every 5 students)
  • Instructional fee (due prior to arrival)
  • Lunches for students

Directions to CSNM and Deer Creek

Directions To Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

To Hobart Bluff Trailhead

From Ashland, OR (40 minutes):  
Head west on Ashland St/ OR 66W past Interstate 5. 
Continue on OR 66W for 14.5 miles. 
Turn right onto Soda Mountain Rd. 
Trailhead will be on your right after 2.5 miles on dirt road.  

From Medford, OR (55-75 minutes): 
Drive south on I-5 and take Exit 14 to Ashland/Hwy 66.  
Take a left onto OR- 66W, continue for 14.5 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto Soda Mountain Rd and continue for 2.5 miles.  The trailhead is located on your right. 

To Green Springs Mtn Loop Trailhead

From Ashland, OR (40-45 minutes):
Head west on Ashland St./ OR 66W past Interstate 5.
Continue on OR 66W for 14.5 miles.  
Turn LEFT onto Old Hyatt Prairie Rd. at the Green Springs Sign. 
Look for large, "sandwich" boards to the Green Springs Mtn Loop trailhead.  

From Medford, OR (1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes):
Drive south on I-5 and take Exit 14 to Ashland/Hwy 66.  
Take a left onto OR- 66W, continue for 14.5 miles. 
Turn LEFT onto Old Hyatt Priarie Rd. at the Green Springs Sign. 
Look for large, "sandwich" boards to the Green Springs Mtn Loop trailhead.

For a more detailed map of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hiking trails and trailheads, please visit the BLM website

Directions to Deer Creek Center in Selma, OR

From Ashland, OR (1 hour 15 minutes):
Get on I-5 N from OR-99 N
Follow I-5 N to US-199 S/Redwood HWY in Josephine County.  Take exit 55 from I-5 N (36.2 mi)
Follow US-199 S/Redwood HWY to Illinois River Rd (23.7 mi) in Selma, OR.
Turn RIGHT on Illinois River Rd.  
Siskiyou Field Institute/ Deer Creek Center will be on your left.
1241 Illinois River Road, Selma, OR 97538. 

From Medford, OR (1 hour)
Get on I-5 N for 49.4 mi. 
Follow the same directions as above from Ashland. 

Food at Deer Creek Center

Food at Deer Creek Center

All food is provided and prepared by teachers and chaperones.  Deer Creek Center provides refrigeration and an outdoor kitchen.  Additionally, we offer the option of Food For Thought in which food is provided by Fall in the Field for one dinner but prepared by teachers and chaperones.  Food for Thought is also accompanied by a lesson about agriculture and sustainability.  All food for this lesson is provided by local farmers and businesses.

What to Expect

We are proud to announce a partnership with Families For Community who helped us develop these stories!  Please share these social stories with your students so they can get acquainted with what to expect when they come to Fall in the Field.  

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