The Klamath-Siskiyou Outdoor School (KSOS)
The Klamath-Siskiyou Outdoor School is a cost free camp for youth in the Mid Klamath area. The camp involves local youth, ages 11-14, in hands-on natural resource restoration and monitoring activities during project rafting and backpacking trips. Students gain first-hand knowledge and experience of Klamath River restoration projects and the projects benefit from the volunteer contributions of the students.
Activities incorporate riparian and upslope restoration projects, including manual fish passage improvement, invasive weed removal, river clean-up, riparian planting, erosion and sedimentation prevention, and native plant propagation. Students learn about the natural history and the ecology of the Klamath area from camp counselors and special presenters from Karuk Tribe Fisheries, the Klamath National Forest, the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, and the Salmon River Restoration Council. Past lessons have included local wildlife, fire ecology, outdoor survival skills, first aid, fisheries identification, backcountry cooking, and mapping and orienteering. Junior counselors who were campers in previous years are hired to learn leadership skills. In addition, students participate in outdoor recreational opportunities unique to their area such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting, and backpacking in wilderness areas. These activities are a fun way for participants to connect with others and appreciate the unique environment they live in!