Siskiyou Field Institute Workshops at Sandy Bar Ranch in 2019

Based in Southern Oregon, the Siskiyou Field Institute offers workshops, lectures and field courses exploring the unique and diverse Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion.  For many years SFI has served as a conduit for scientists and naturalists to share their passion and knowledge with the public through these high-quality events.  We are excited to be hosting these workshops this Spring.  Space is limited.  You can register for the events with SFI directly, and contact us for lodging.  Lodging is $30/ person/ night, hostel style,  or you may rent a private cabin at our regular rates, contact us for details.  Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals.


Botanical Watercolors Workshop, with Linda Ann Vorobik, May 17-19.  Open to all levels. Come learn watercolor and pencil sketch techniques from a master illustrator and excellent (and fun!) instructor. Starting with demonstrations on sketching and painting, Linda Ann will guide the group through botanical illustration from start to finish, with group lecture, independent work time and individual support. 
Linda has an impressive CV as a botanical illustrator, including Research Associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley, and at the Herbarium University of Washington at Seattle.  She is the principal illustrator for several prestigious botanical publications including The Jepson Manual and Flora North America; as well as previous editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society.   Linda Ann combines her depth and breadth of botanical and artistic experience with a great sense of humor to create an inspiring and supportive learning environment.    Cost: $165.

Klamath River Natural History from a Raft, with Max Creasy and Craig Tuss, Saturday June 1.    Many guests consider a rafting trip on the Klamath a highlight of their visit to this area; floating through rock gorges and river corridors with views of wildlife such as bald eagles, otters, bears and deer.  This event offers an opportunity to dive in deeper with experienced naturalists and a cultural practitioner. Learn about the Klamath River's unique geologic origins and unusual transition from high desert to steep, wild canyons.  We'll also discuss the Klamath's stream ecology, including  it's unique temperature profile, the secret life of its freshwater mussels, and much more.   Cost: $165.

Klamath River Canyon Geology, with Bill Hirt, Ph.D, Sunday, June 2.  In this course we'll explore the basic geology of the Klamath Mountains including their plate tectonic setting, nature of major terranes, history of terrane accretion, and key features exposed in the Orleans area.  We'll also learn to identify a number of common rock types found throughout the Klamath Mountains.  During the field trip we'll visit sites within the Orleans-Salmon River area to study outcrops of the Western Klamath, Rattlesnake Creek, and Hayfork terranes.   Cost $60.
Botanical Illustration, Natural History and Geology of the Klamath River.
Tony Hacking Memorial Bigfoot Birding Days, May 11 & 12, Orleans
This free, annual event happens at the peak of Spring bird migration, and is an excellent opportunity to learn from expert birders and spot some beautiful neo-tropical migrants as well as local birds. Potluck and presentation on Friday May 11 at 6 p.m, .Bird Walk Saturday, 7:30 am.  Led by Tom Leskiw and Max Brodie.  Sponsored by the US Forest Service, MKWC, and the Redwood Region Audubon Society.