Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, Feb. 16: The group will hold its second Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party of 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They'll pass through the heart of the trail, a section few hikers see because of its distance from a trailhead. Meet at Buncom (intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road) for a shuttle to a private-property trail access at Wolf Gulch. Shuttle cars will leave Buncom at 8:40. For details or to RSVP, contact Jim Reiland at 541-899-1091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Feb. 16: Free skate-ski lesson at Hyatt Lake taught by Michael Dawkins. Ashland Outdoor Store rents skate skis if you need them. Contact Dawkins at 541-482-2703 for further details.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 16: The group will do a 10K walk in Jacksonville to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the D Street parking lot near the library. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Feb. 23: A 10K “Name That Park” walk in Grants Pass begins at 10 a.m. A 5K option is available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: Crater Lake National Park offers free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The walks last two hours and cover about 1 mile of moderately strenuous terrain through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and the park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For information and to sign up, call the visitor center at 541-594-3100 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Groups of 15 people or more (such as school groups, outdoor clubs and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour for their group on weekdays or weekends.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Learn about local BLM forests and hike the historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and the Country Market in Ruch at 10 a.m. Bring rain gear and lunch. This is a moderate seven-mile hike. For details, call Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789.
Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 16: The half marathon begins at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park, adjacent to the new Rogue River Bridge, across the street from Best Western Motel on Highway 99. The course goes out and back on the Rogue River Greenway. Race directors are Stan Goodell, 541-660-7958, and Bob Vaughn, 541-582-3428. For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunngers.org.
Wild Rogue Relay
Friday, Saturday, June 21-22: A 200-plus-mile overnight relay race for teams of six or 12 people will start in Jacksonville and end in Gold Beach, with part of the run on the Rogue River Trail through the Rogue's Wild and Scenic Section. Team members will run three legs each of varying distance. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 18. Limited to 70 teams. For details, see http://thewildroguerelay.com.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely while others are intense. All rides provide rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction and support are available on all rides. No rider is left behind.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Austen Meek, 541-482-0930.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 18 to 30 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Contact: Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 28 to 40 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: 20-mile race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course varies. Contact: Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various afternoon times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact: David Chapman, 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at The Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact: Bob MacCracken, 425-512-3829.
Every Friday: Moderate rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to the Applegate or TBD. Pace: 20-plus mph over 40-plus miles. Contact: Rees Jones, 541-482-0218.
Other recurring rides
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike 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. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 or see www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike 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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Saturday: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts two to four hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) one- to three-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Southern Oregon University biology professor and Mail Tribune bird columnist Stewart Janes will talk about pelagic birds such as shearwaters, auklets, jaegers and black-footed albatross that fish off the Pacific Northwest coast but nest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Rogue Valley Audubon Society's monthly chapter meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.
Winter Wings Festival
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17: The annual festival in Klamath Fallshas been expanded to four days this year, with a long list of speakers, outings and workshops. For details, see http://winterwingsfest.org
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, March 2: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park and Denman Wildlife Area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group will look for waterfowl and shorebirds and will check the great blue heron rookery for possible early activity. Outing is limited to 15 participants. To register, call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241.
John Day Citizen's Cross-Country Ski Race
Sunday, Feb. 17: The 27th annual race at Diamond Lake Resort, sponsored by the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, begins at 10:30 a.m. The course is flat to rolling, and the race is open to all ages and abilities. The event includes 20K freestyle (skating allowed), 10K classic (diagonal stride only) and a 10K freestyle event. The race also features a Junior (18 and younger) 5K classic race and a 5K fun ski. Entry forms can be downloaded at http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html. Day-of-race registration starts at 8 a.m. For information, contact Reider Peterson at 541-488-8830 or email@example.com
Ashland Community Bike Swap
Saturday, April 27: The 23rd annual event provides a community venue for buying and selling working-condition bicycles and related equipment. Proceeds fund bike safety education in the Rogue Valley. Items for sale can be dropped off Friday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, from 8 to 10 a.m. Sellers pay 20 percent of each sale, with a $100 cap, to benefit bicycle safety education. The swap will be open to buyers on Saturday at noon at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission costs $1 per person or $3 per family. For details, call Ashland Parks & Recreation at 541-488-5340 or see www.RVTD.org/bikeswap. To volunteering, contact Lori Ainsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-499-8798.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, Feb. 9: Wild tea making, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how to identify, harvest and prepare tea from wild plants. No experience required. For ages 9 and up. Cost is $25. Preregistration is required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.
Sunday, Feb. 10: Fire-making class, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the principles of building a fire, in a fun and light-hearted atmosphere. Instructions include collection of materials for a tinder bundle, building a proper fire structure, working in all weather conditions, proper use of flint and steel, strikers and more. For ages 9 and up. Cost is $20. Preregistration is required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.
North Mountain Park Nature Center
Tuesday, April 2: Learn about recreational trails in Ashland — locations, history and natural features, through photos and maps — then plan some spring hiking adventures on your own. Get an overview of the Ashland Parks trails system with an opportunity to look at maps and ask questions after a PowerPoint presentation. Instructor Jeffrey McFarland is the Ashland Parks trails and forestry division manager and a nature photographer. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $5. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.
Wednesday, April 10: Wildflower walk in Strawberry-Hald Park from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Explore one of Ashland's less-visited trail areas on an easy-paced, two-mile hike. The class will take time to observe some of the local flora and will discuss Project BudBurst, which relates spring bloom periods to climate change. Instructor Linda Chesney is the stewardship coordinator at North Mountain Park Nature Center. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $7. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Saturday, April 13: Sasha Joachims of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead an easy-paced, two- to three-mile wildflower walk in Lithia Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn to identify spring wildflowers along some of the trails. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $7, and pre-registration is required. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.
Saturday, April 20: “Birding for beginners.” The class, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., will visit Ashland locations to view local birds with binoculars in hand. If you have binoculars and a bird ID book, bring them. If not, instructor Shannon Rio will provide one or both. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $10. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Thursday, April 25: Tree walk at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. In preparation for Arbor Day on April 26, learn the trees of North Mountain Park. Focusing on native species, participants will learn to identify trees and notice important characteristics of leaves, bark and “fruit,” and the environments where we can expect to find different species. Instructors are Rachel Werling, a professional botanist at Oregon State University's Jackson County Extension, and Anne Thayer, horticulturist for Ashland Parks & Recreation. Cost is $5. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the the nature center at 541-488-6606.
Saturday, April 27: Edible and medicinal plant walk, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lithia Park, will include plant identification, medicine-making procedures, energetics, folklore, biochemistry and traditional and modern uses. Bring note-taking materials and a camera if you can. Instructor Jon Carlson is a clinical herbalist and director of the Vitalist School of Herbology in Ashland. For ages 13 and older. Cost is $25. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the nature center at 541-488-6606.