Adventure + Stewardship
Take a journey to one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on earth!
The Klamath Mountains are one of the Earth’s most important temperate mountain ranges. These mountains are a hotspot for biodiversity due to the complex interactions, across millions of years, of biotic and abiotic factors. The area has a central location and continuity with other mountain ranges along the Pacific Slope of western North America. Across this landscape, a mosaic of habitats mix at a crossroads of five biotic regions including the Cascades, Coast Ranges, Great Basin, Central Valley, and Sierra Nevada. Many major rivers of the region also connect the ranges aquatic ecosystems to the productive Pacific Ocean.
So overlooked are some of these mountain areas that they have escaped appellation and remain anonymous in the truest sense of the word.Bubba Seuss
Some of these place-based units were built as part of the Bigfoot Trail Youth Stewardship Project funded by the SH Cowell Foundation.
Conifer Response to Drought curriculum was built in conjunction with Cal Poly Humboldt and the National Science Foundation.
iNaturalist in the Classroom
Unit from the Scott River Watershed Council with the Bigfoot Trail Youth Stewardship Project Science is all around us! Technology makes it possible for anyone to contribute to scientific research. Contributions can be made by collecting data in the field, or by helping others identify their observations. A platform like iNaturalist is a way to…
Be a Wildlife Biologist
Herein is a series of school lessons (4 days, 50-75 minutes each) with field data collection and college-career connections to wildlife biology. Students will get to plan and set game cameras near their school campus and collect data on what animals visit their school. Lesson Overview (PDF) Day 1 Introduction to Local Wildlife Students will…
Conifer Response to Drought
A series of lessons (5 days, 50 minutes each) about Conifer Response to Drought in northwest California for High School science classes.
Building Like a Beaver
Build Like a Beaver explores their role in the Klamath Mountains and how beaver structures affect the ecosystems.
Understanding Serpentine Plants
A six day series of lessons adaptable for 5th-10th grade about understanding serpentine plants of the Klamath Mountains.
The first comprehensive regional natural history is here!
Edited by Michael Kauffmann and Justin Garwood.
A Natural History and Hiking Guide to 35 Conifers of the Klamath Mountains
Conifer Country is an innovative natural history and hiking guide that uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Mountains.