Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 3: The group will explore many interesting parts of Ashland on this 10K Railroad Walk, an American Volkssport Association registered walk. There is also a shorter 5K option. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. Arrive a few minutes early for registration. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Exploration of Old Medford begins at 10 a.m. at the Food-4-Less parking lot on Biddle Road, in the section near the Quality Inn motel. The 10K walk has a shorter 5K option. For information, call 541-734-3719.
Sunday, Jan. 1: The walking club will debut a new 10K walk in Central Point. The walk begins at 10 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot, which can be found at Exit 33 off I-5, the Central Point exit. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Central Point Parks and Recreation Foundation is teaming up with Cycle Analysis on a new Cyclocross event at Twin Creeks Park in Central Point that also includes a run. The course will be approximately 1.5 miles long. Participants will race through mud and sand, and across concrete and grass. All of the races will use the same course, with exception of the kid's run which will cover only a portion of the course. Participants may register on-site. For details, call the Central Point Parks and Recreation Department at 541-664-3321, ext. 265.
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. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 9 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email email@example.com.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center in Medford while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The program runs every Saturday through March and rotates each week between JNC and North Mountain Park. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Binoculars and field guides are available for use. For information on the JNC counts, email Judd Hurley at email@example.com. For details on the North Mountain Park sessions, email Denny Niebuhr at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Dec. 3: Birdwalk to the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area led by KBO volunteer Terence Phillippe. This diverse area, situated at the base of Mount Shasta, contains juniper woodland, riparian forest and seasonal wetlands. Bring a lunch and plan to return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 9 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Thursday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11: Hawk class and field trip led by KBO board president and hawk enthusiast Dick Ashford. The Thursday class will focus on beginning to intermediate hawk identification. Sunday's field trip to the Lower Klamath Basin or Butte Valley in California will give participants the chance to test their new identification skills. This class fills quickly, so register soon. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $35 non-members, $25 KBO members. To register, call 541-201-0866.
Native Plant Society
Thursday, Dec. 8: “Tundra Blooms and Reindeer: Botanists Backpacking in Lapland.” Bob Korfhage and Cindy Roche share stories and pictures from their 113-mile backpack hike on the Kungsleden in northern Sweden. Potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. Talk begins around 7:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), and packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange. Beer and wine are permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., in Talent. For information, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Monday, Dec. 5: Ski tour at Buck Prairie, intermediate, six miles. For information, call Kellie Barry at 541-821-7147.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Ski tour to the Summit Shelter from Summit Snow Park, intermediate, seven miles. For details, call Stefanie Ferrara at 541-890-2979.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 6-8: Weekend outing at Mount Shasta Nordic Center with various ski clinics and tours. For details, call Karen and Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872.
Monday-Friday, Feb. 6-10: Ski week at Diamond Lake. For details, call Stefanie Ferrara at 541-890-2979.