Hello, Rose here!

Like your lichens? When I arrived at SFI, I knew zilch about lichens. Before I left SFI, I learned how important lichens are to the ecosystems surrounding us.

Lichens absorb and retain pollutants, providing us with a way to measure stored chemicals and air quality. These pollutants are absorbed through lichens’ surfaces, which are called cortexes. Something else to consider: lichens provide food for large animals and small animals and shelter for tiny creatures, including insects. Within our ecosystems, lichens are telling us a story. We should listen!


“Introduction to Lichens” in April 2018 was well balanced with classroom education plus labs, along with field experiences. The basic chemistry needed to test and identify lichens was explained in an easy-to-understand way.

I have take several classes at SFI; they always find a way to accommodate all students. Discovering lichens was an all-around good experience.

“If you don’t know, you will learn.
If you do know, you will learn more.”

Rose Kilpatrick


Rose Kilpatrick



About siskiyoufieldinstitute

The Siskiyou Field Institute provides nature-based education for all ages on our 850-acre facility in Selma, Oregon. We're in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States. In addition to providing affordably-priced nature classes, we also offer hostel-style lodging, from camping and communal yurts, to private rooms in our ranch house, long a favorite of the actor John Wayne. We look forward to have you visit us!
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