Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 23: A 10K American Volkssport Association registered walk will tour Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Albertsons parking lot west of Interstate 5. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, March 30: An easy, three-mile hike will explore the spectacular Takelma Gorge, where the rushing Rogue River has carved a 150-foot-deep canyon through volcanic rock. A carpool will leave from Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and from Guitar Center in Medford at 10 a.m. For information, contact Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789 or email@example.com
Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, April 20: The group will hold a work party from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to spruce up a section of the historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail. For directions or to RSVP, contact Jim Reiland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-899-1091. See www.sutaoregon.org for details.
Pear Blossom runs
Saturday, April 13: Registration closes April 10 for this year's 10-mile and 5K runs. See www.pearblossomrun.com for details and online registration form.
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, March 26: Marko Bey, co-founder and executive director of Lomakatsi Restoration Project, will speak at the group's monthly chapter meeting about community-based strategies for riparian habitat restoration in Bear Creek and its tributaries. The society's chapter meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.
Sunday, April 7: All-day field trip to the Klamath basin. Limited to 20 participants. Carpooling will be mandatory to reduce the number of vehicles. The basin can offer spectacular birding at any time of year, and early spring is a good time to see large flocks of “white” geese, as well as eagles and migrating shorebirds. Group will leave at 8 a.m. from the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland. Contact leader Jeff Tufts (email@example.com) to reserve a place or for more information.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, April 6: KBO board member and bird walk leader Harry Fuller will lead an outing to Emigrant Lake. Group will leave Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., at 8 a.m. and look for migrating ducks and shorebirds, as well as oak titmouse, western bluebirds, California and spotted towhees, red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles, osprey, common mergansers and acorn woodpeckers. Expect to wrap up by noon. Outing is limited to 15 participants, and registration is required. To register, call 541-482-3241.
'Reveal the Path' bike film
Wednesday, April 3: “Reveal the Path,” an adventure cycling documentary, will be screened in Ashland at the Meese Auditorium on the Southern Oregon University campus 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association. “Reveal the Path,” from the creators of the award-winning film “Ride The Divide,” takes viewers on a 36-day vagabond bike trip to some of the world's most visually stunning destinations on four continents. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at www.imathlete.com/events/revealthepath. Tickets will cost $15 at the door. To view the trailer or for more information, see www.revealthepath.com.
Wednesday, April 3: Journalist, teacher and citizen activist Russell Sadler, who served as the voice of Crater Lake National Park for years, will speak at the new Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. Also, Oregon Wild's wilderness coordinator, Erik Fernandez, will give an interactive presentation on the group's Crater Lake-area wilderness proposal. The group will offer some hiking and backpacking trails and outings in many of the roadless areas it believes are fit to be designated as wilderness around Crater Lake so attendees can get out and see them for themselves.
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 volunteer, contact Lori Ainsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-499-8798.
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.