Cave Tours Closed for Season
Cave Tours are closed for the winter. Tours will resume April 26, 2014. All trails on the monument remain open.
Crews are removing brush along highway 46 beginning in the lower parking lot and moving down the highway. Work is scheduled to last until April 20, 2014; expect delays.
Teachers Workshop on Watersheds
The workshop will introduce teachers to the logistics of the unit, the materials, lesson plans and its ranger-led activities. Its cross-curriculum activities will take teachers to both sites and convey earth science concepts through hands-on activities both above and below ground. It is aligned with both Oregon State and National Science Standards.
This new watershed program is in its pilot year and teacher input and feedback is invaluable! The workshop will include time for teacher contribution and suggestions to further integrate this program into classroom lesson plans.
Workshop participants will also get to spend a night at Deer Creek Center. One can choose to either camp under the clear night sky, stay in a cozy yurt, bunk in the dormitory or treat themselves to one of the center’s private rooms. During your stay, you can easily become immersed in the natural world.
Find out why Oregon Caves NM and Deer Creek Center, both nestled in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains where unique geology, endemic wildlife, and rivers and streams are abundant, are ideal classrooms for your students. Water has shaped the land around us for eons, and it is key to the survival of the life that lives upon and underneath the land. This unit will help students understand that at a hands-on level.
The cost of the workshop is free and includes curriculum materials. Funding can be provided for substitute fees. Lodging fees are separate. For further details and reservations, call (541) 597-8530.
Did You Know?
The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest North American woodpecker. Funny, mischief making cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, was inspired by this bird. Other birds need this species for survival. They will use the holes or cavities the Pileated drills as nests, winter shelter, and a way to get at food inside trees that is otherwise hidden.