Watersheds: Through the Mountain and to the Valley
Oregon Caves partnered with Siskiyou Field Institute to provide Watershed: Through the Mountains and to the Valley
"I have toured the caves several times with my family but never with a clipboard, journal, and flashlight around my neck. Testing the water and looking at the rock formations as a scientist was more fun than [I had] as a tourist!” -Anonymous narrative from a local 6th grade student
This curriculum-based program gives students the opportunity for hands-on, scientific investigations of Illinois Valley watersheds. Cave Creek, flowing from the mouth of the cave at Oregon Caves National Monument (OCNM), is a headwater tributary to the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. Deer Creek joins the Illinois River near Siskiyou Field Institute's home, the Deer Creek Center (DCC). Students compare and contrast OCNM and DCC watersheds by examining topography, geology, and waterways by conducting water quality tests, practicing the scientific method, and determining stream health.
Watershed Lesson Plans
In the Classroom Before Outdoor Educators Visit...
Back in the Classroom...
Did You Know?
The stream that comes out of the entrance of the cave is a tributary to a watershed that empties into the Pacific Ocean. There are no human-made obstructions that would prevent salmon migration, which makes this the only cave in the National Park Service with an unobstructed link to the ocean.