Courses set on Karuks, bats, Crater Lake biology – March 21, 2005

Courses set on Karuks, bats, Crater Lake biology

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon
March 21, 2005

People wanting to learn more about Crater Lake National Park’s biology, Lava Beds National Monument’s bats and the Klamath River’s Karuk people will have their chance this summer.

Courses at the parks and on the river are among the diverse offerings planned in coming months through the Siskiyou Field Institute.

The Institute, which is based in the Illinois Valley community of Cave Junction, offers field-based natural history courses in and about the Klamath-Siskiyou region of far Northern California and Southern Oregon. Some classes are technical and offer college credits while others are more casual and family-friendly. Local offerings:

“Crater Lake: A Diverse and Spectacular Natural Wonder,” will be offered July 8-10 at Crater Lake by Michael Murray and John Salinas. The program includes a hike. Participants will camp at the Mazama Campground.

“Bat Watch” will be held at Lava Beds July 15-16 with instructors Steve Cross and Tony Kerwin. A three-hour hike is part of the class schedule.

“Klamath River Traditional Ecological Knowledge Rafting Trip” will be Sept. 1-4 beginning at Happy Camp. Participants will float class 2 and 3 rapids in a section of the river central to the lives of Karuk people.

For information contact the Siskiyou Field Institute, PO Box 2169, Cave Junction, OR 97523 or visit its Web site at www.thesfi.org.

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