Annual BLM hikes on Table Rocks
The hikes are three to five miles long on a moderate grade and last three to five hours. No drinking water is available. Restrooms are located at both trailheads. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Attendance is limited. To reserve space on a hike, call 541-618-2200. For more information, see www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php or www.nature.org/oregon/preserves.
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock: BLM botanist Marcia Wineteer looks for wild plants and wildflowers.
Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock: SOU biology professor and entomologist Peter Schroeder searches out six- and eight-legged creatures. Participation is limited to 20.
Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m., Lower Table Rock: BLM wildlife biologist Tony Kerwin talks about bats — from their habitats to the threats they face. Bring a flashlight. Participation is limited to 20.
Sunday, May 22, 12:30 p.m., Upper Table Rock: Watercolorist and retired teacher Sylvia Miller leads a nature-sketching excursion. Bring a sketchbook, sketching pens and pencils, and a portable watercolor set. Participation is limited to 15.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department will lead 60- to 90-minute nature walks in Lithia Park. The walks start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free. No reservations needed. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, geology and park history. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park across from the Plaza in Ashland. For more information, call 541-552-2264.
Spring guided mushroom hikes
Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, May 29: To learn more about local wild mushrooms, Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring two hikes led by local mushroom expert John Teem. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $20 per person per walk. For more information call 541-482-3241.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15: The Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association is sponsoring a new event, “Rogue Valley Riches,” which includes five walks along woodland paths, such as in Gold Hill and at Lost Creek Lake. Registration is at the Edgewater Inn, 7800 Rogue River Drive, Shady Cove. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, May 21: Participants will meet in Grants Pass at the big gazebo in Riverside Park on Park Street. The 10K walk is called “Eckstein Park Walk.” For more information, call 541-471-0713.
KS Wild hike
Saturday, June 18: A seven-mile roundtrip hike from Grave Creek to Whisky Creek in the Rogue River Canyon leaves Grave Creek boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. Call Lesley at 541-488-5789 for details and car-pooling information.
Sierra Club backpacking trips
Friday-Sunday, July 8-10: Hike to VIP Pond in Young's Valley portion of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Trek in is 4.3 miles. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike to Raspberry Lake. Day three features a two-mile hike to another lake before hiking out. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at email@example.com.
Friday-Sunday, July 22-24: Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail near Etna, Calif., to Payne Lake in the Russian Wilderness. Hike in will be three miles, with a short trip to explore Albert and Upper Albert lakes. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike along the PCT. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge The Gap
Saturday, May 14: The seventh annual 5K and 10K runs start at 8:30 a.m. on the Bear Creek Greenway just across the bridge from Railroad Park. Registration costs $15 by May 7. Race-day registration costs $20. Proceeds benefit Mobility Unlimited. For details, go to www.bridgethegaprun.com.
Saturday, May 21: The 9K and 5K runs start at 9 a.m. at North Mountain Park in Ashland. Entry costs $20 by May 20, which includes a T-shirt. Race-day entry costs an additional $5 and no shirt. Extra shirts will be available for $10 at the event, which is sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store.
Lake of the Woods runs
Saturday, June 4: 15K and 5K runs start at 9:30 a.m. The 15K will make a circuit around the lake on paved highways. The 5K is an out-and-back course. A walk and children's dash will also be held. Entry costs $15, or $25 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, by May 20. Add $2 for race-day registrations. Go to www.skylakes.org for details or call 541-882-6311, ext. 4768.
Group bike rides for beginners
Saturdays, May 14-June 11: If you've ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of group riding, but felt intimidated about jumping into a pace line with a bunch of lycra-clad hard bodies, Siskiyou Velo Club has just the ticket. Starting May 14, the club will hold beginner-friendly group rides on the Bear Creek Greenway. The first ride will be six miles, the second will be 11 miles and the rest will be 14 miles at an easy pace, with a cuppa along the way. The goal will be to learn the basics of group riding and group etiquette, with a focus on relaxed socializing. The first ride starts at Ashland Bicycle Works on Ashland Street in Ashland, where you can get your bike checked out for free. For starting times and other details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289; Steve Juul at 541-535-1435; or Sandra Wetzel at 541-482-2995.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 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 10:30 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 11 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 email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Bird Day Celebration
Saturday, May 14: Free activities geared for all ages and birding abilities will be offered at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland from 8 a.m. to noon. Free, “bird-friendly,” shade-grown, organic coffee will be served. A number of local organizations will participate, including Klamath Bird Observatory, Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Wildlife Images. A bird-calling contest will take place at 10:30 am. Rogue Valley Bird Day is a local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, which focuses on the journey of migrating birds between their wintering and breeding grounds. For more information, see www.roguevalleybirdday.net or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Spring wild mushroom show
Saturday, May 14: The free, annual fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn how to identify the poisonous ones. Cooked wild mushrooms will be available for tasting. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 541-482-3241.
Bike Safety Fair
Saturday, May 21: The city of Central Point Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department and Fire District No. 3 are putting on a Bike Safety Fair in Central Point. The event, at Don Jones Park, will coordinate with the opening of the Don Jones Water Spray Park. The fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have bike demonstrations, free helmets when you bring your bike, obstacle courses and lots of games.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Friday-Saturday, June 3-4: Birding By Ear Workshop and Field Trip. With a focus on intermediate to advanced skills, group will practice identifying warbler, finch and flycatcher vocalizations and will distinguish sound-alike species such as western tanager and black-headed grosbeak. Instruction in the classroom and field will be provided by John Alexander, KBO executive director. June 3 class is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. June 4 field trip is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a location to be announced. Advance registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Cost is $25 members, $35 nonmembers. To register, call 541-201-0866.
Saturday, June 11: Family-friendly birding at the Jefferson Nature Center. Group will learn how to use binoculars and field guides and about some of the bird species common to the Rogue Valley. All ages welcome. Meet at 10 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 20 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, July 2: Birdwalk to the Ashland Pond and Bear Creek Greenway with KBO birdwalk leader and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, July 9: Birdwalk to Soda Mountain with KBO contractor Frank Lospalluto for high-elevation birding along the Pacific Crest Trail. Group will likely see many songbirds that breed at higher elevations, including Nashville warbler, warbling vireo, western tanager and purple and Cassin's finch. Pileated woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, red crossbill, and mountain quail are also possibilities. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes led by Frank Lospalluto. Group will start around Howard Prairie looking for sandhill crane, western meadowlark, western bluebird, and lark and vesper sparrow. Plan to bring a lunch to eat by the lake; return to Ashland 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, Aug. 13: Birdwalk to Agate Lake led by Karen Hussey and Jeff O'Connell for an exploration of this Medford lake that provides critical habitat for many Rogue Valley bird species. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Saturday, Sept. 3: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake led by KBO member and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe for an exploration of the trails on the backside of Emigrant Lake. Group will travel to the east end of the lake and follow spur roads to the lakeside trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Trip to Upper Klamath Lake to visit one of KBO's long-term ecological monitoring and bird-banding stations. At the Seven Mile Guard Station on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, group will visit a KBO banding station and have the chance to view many fall migrant songbirds up-close. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $15 KBO members. To register, call 541-770-1104.