1. Do you accommodate students with exceptionalities?
Instructors at Fall in the Field have been trained to differentiate their lesson plans to accommodate students with all learning styles and physical abilities. However, we do encourage teachers to notify instructors about any students’ unique needs as soon as possible through our registration process. On our registration form there will be a question addressing this topic. Please be as specific as possible when describing your students. An instructor will be in contact prior to the school visit; this will be a great opportunity to update us on students’ special needs.
Please keep in mind, in certain locations such as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument students will be hiking in rocky terrain with moderate elevation gains. Locations such as Ashland Pond and Deer Creek Center might be easier to accommodate for students with physical impairments.
2. What if I need to cancel our trip? Will I be reimbursed?
We do not provide reimbursements for last minute cancellations unless it’s an emergency. We do give 50% reimbursements for cancellations made with at least two weeks advance notice. Costs will not be adjusted for student absences on the day of the reservation.
3. What happens if there is inclement weather?
Instructors encourage students to dress appropriately for the weather. That means being prepared for rain, wind, snow, or shine! We will proceed with our programs as long as the weather does not pose an immediate threat or danger to anyone attending Fall in the Field. It is always a good idea to dress with layers and come prepared for all types of weather, and long pants and close-toed shoes are always a must. However, if severe weather is predicted ahead of time we will follow our cancellation policy. Teachers are encouraged to ensure students have rain gear. There is no shelter at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
4. I have a student who is extremely allergic to poison oak. Is there much around the field sites? Do you have Technu available ? Is it common for students to get poison oak?
Unfortunately, poison oak is present at all of our field sites except the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Instructors try to keep students from coming into direct contact with poison oak through education and setting boundaries around the premises where poison oak has been spotted. We will have Technu available at our sites, in case students come into direct contact with poison oak.
5. Is there any financial aid to help teachers pay for costs associated with field trips?
Yes. Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI) provides transportation funds for classrooms that want to participate in forestry-related studies. Please click on the below link to fill out the Online Transportation Reimbursement Form through OFRI’s website.
When asked to briefly describe how this trip will enhance/extend classroom learning, we suggest using the following verbiage, “The field trip will explore interdependence and special adaptations between humans, forest, and the environment.”
The form must be completed prior to your trip.
6. How many chaperones do I need to recruit for my class?
As a general rule we ask that teachers recruit 1 chaperone for every 10 students attending a Fall in the Field program. When recruiting chaperones, please keep in mind that they will be expected to hike trails with moderate elevation gain. In order to ensure students receive the best possible learning experience during Fall in the Field, we kindly ask that pets and younger siblings of the students do not attend the field trip. This is to minimize the likelihood of distractions and safety issues arising during a lesson.
7. As a teacher, what is my role in FITF?
Instructors appreciate when teachers assist with classroom management and directions; however, the instructors will be responsible for implementing Fall in the Field lessons, not the teachers. Teachers play an important role in preparing students for their field experience and with follow up lessons upon their return to the classroom.