Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The hikes last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in reasonably good physical condition. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. Advance reservations are recommended. For information or to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 26: 10K walk through east Medford begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the Medford Center on Jackson Street near Tinseltown. For more information, call 541-734-3719.
Saturday, Feb. 26: Hike along the wild Rogue to Whisky Creek. Carpool leaves Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. and meets at Grave Creek boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. Moderately difficult, seven-mile hike includes some steep and narrow sections of trail. For details, call Lesley at 541-488-5789 or see the website at kswild.org.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 25-27: Weekend ski tours and lesson at Lake of the Woods. Call Stefanie Ferrara for more information: 541-890-2979.
Saturday, Feb. 26: Advanced/intermediate ski tour at Burton Butte. Call Andy Dungan, 541-488-0796, for details.
Sunday, Feb. 27: Intermediate ski lessons with Michael Dawkins; call 541-482-2703.
Wednesday, March 2: Intermediate ski with Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, March 5: Advanced ski with Kevin Woods. Call 541-261-3547 for details.
Saturday, March 5: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for time and place.
Sunday, March 6: Beginner lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for time and place.
Wednesday, March 9: Intermediate ski led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, March 12: Intermediate ski tour and weenie roast at Brown Mountain Shelter. Call Kellie Barry for details at 541-821-7147.
Saturday, March 12: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for time and place.
Sunday, March 13: Beginner lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Wednesday, March 16: Intermediate ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, March 19: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Friday-Sunday, March 25-27: Weekend ski outing to Bend. Call Dave Baker at 541-944-6145 for details.
Friday-Sunday, March 25-27: John Craig Memorial Mail Carry Race and Weekend Ski Tour in Sisters. Call Stefanie Ferrara at 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, March 26: Intermediate lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Saturday, April 2: Formal ski tour at Grouse Gap. Call Ron or Paula Gardner at 541-776-4581 for details.
Rogue Valley Stride & Strut
Saturday, Feb. 26: Fundraiser for Friends of the Animal Shelter starts at 8:30 a.m. at the top of Granite Street in Ashland. The event features a two-mile run or one-mile walk with your dog along Ashland Creek. Entry costs $15, with all net proceeds going to FOTAS. Race-day registration allowed. Special dog treats go to all finishers. Awards in the two-mile division are broken down by weight categories for canine entrants. For details, go to www.roguevalleyrunners.com/racelinks.html.
Pear Blossom Run
Saturday, April 9: Registration is under way for the 35th annual Pear Blossom 10-miler. There's also a Heart & Sole 5K race. To register online, go to www.pearblossomrun.com. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 1. Entry forms also are available at various outlets around town, or you can get one in the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelope to Pear Blossom Run, P.O. Box 146, Medford, OR 97501.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Feb. 26: Klamath basin field trip led by Jim Harleman and Gwyneth Ragosine to view waterfowl and wintering raptors. It will mostly involve car birding with stops for scoping. Bring lunch and snacks. Trip is limited to 20 people. Sign up by contacting Harleman at 541-664-7124.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, March 5: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake to spot waterfowl, wading birds, raptors and songbirds wintering at this Ashland lake. Bring a spotting scope if you have one and be prepared for short walks along trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Leader is Harry Fuller. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, April 2: Birdwalk to Lily Glen, Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Lake. New KBO birdwalk leader Gretchen Oosterhout Hunter leads an early spring tour of the Howard Prairie/Hyatt Lakes area. Group will start around Lily Glen horse campground looking for sandhill cranes, raptors, songbirds and shorebirds. Weather will be unpredictable this time of year, so dress in layers and bring a lunch. Group will return to in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Feb. 26: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center with the help of Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. The program alternates weekends with the FeederWatch program at Ashland's North Mountain Park. Jefferson Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, behind Harry & David Field and just before the bridge to U.S. Cellular Sports Park. For information, contact Judd Hurley, 541-621-3918. Free.
Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society Of Oregon
Thursday, March 17: Dr. Stephen Meyers will discuss news from the Oregon Flora Project. Meyers is the new taxonomic director responsible for coordinating the development of an Oregon flora — the primary reference manual for determining the scientific names of plants. See www.oregonflora.org for more information. The talk will be at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., meeting and program begin at 7:30. For details, contact Kristi at 541-941-3744.