North Coast Chapter Of The
California Native Plant Society

Siskiyou Field Institute

The Siskiyou Field Institute (SFI) will offer a variety of courses and workshops for adults and youth from June 12 to June 24, 1999. Last year over 300 people participated in programs focused on the natural history of the Siskiyous and the greater Klamath Region.

This year's multi-day programs include Geobotany of the Siskiyous taught by Drs. Art Kruckeberg and Robert Coleman, Fungi and Truffles of the Siskiyou Mountains with Dr. Dan Luoma, Nature Sketching taught by Irene Brady, Conifers of the Siskiyou Mountains with Dr. John Sawyer, Bryophytes of the Klamath Mountains taught by Dr. Steve Jessup, Introduction to Siskiyou Ecology with Dr. Tom Atzet, Field Entomology taught by Dr. Carol Ferguson, Salmon Biology and Stream Geomorphology with Dr. Chris Frissell and Rich Nawa, and Amphibians & Reptiles of the Siskiyous with Dr. Michael Parker and Chris Pearl. Additional multi-day courses will be offered on birds, landslides, water, geology, ethnobotany, wilderness first aid, and conservation planning using computer mapping technologies.

One day workshops and field trips include Grasses and their Habitats, Native Seed Collection and Propagation, Geoecology of the Oregon Caves, Natural Selection Management of Forestlands and botanizing hikes to various areas of the region. Programs for youth will focus on lichens, wetlands, birds, butterflies and edible plants. Most courses will overlap during the weekend of June 18 to 20 so participants will be able to come together to participate in larger gatherings including our banquet and the annual Illinois River Festival. Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, an expert on butterflies, the natural history of Oregon and conservation management for biodiversity will present a keynote speech at the SFI banquet on June 18. Dr. Pyle will also lead a one-day workshop on butterflies of the region.

There are numerous options for lodging and camping. We have rented the Sis-Q-Meadows Camp on Rough and Ready Creek, where bunk space, camping and meals will be available. Camping and lodging are also available at local campgrounds and motels.

We hope you'll be able to join us! A full brochure of course descriptions and other events will be available in February. If you are not already on our mailing list and would like more information please contact the Siskiyou Field Institute at PO Box 220, Cave Junction, OR 97523; (541) 592-4459; email


California Native Plant Society - North Coast Chapter
P.O. Box 1067 Arcata, CA 95518-1067
Last updated April 1999