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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 6: 10K walk in the town of Rogue River, with a 5K option. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com
Saturday, April 20: This 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District is a group favorite. Meet in the Safeway parking lot, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street, at 8: 45 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
A diverse group of experts has been assembled to lead several free, spring hikes. Space is limited, so sign up in advance by calling 541-482-3069 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 3: Ashland Watershed forest management hike, 3 to 5 p.m. Forester Marty Main and Ashland Fire Department's Chris Chambers will lead a tour of the BTI Trail above Lithia Park; they will discuss forest ecology, fuels reduction and other forest management topics.
Saturday, April 6: Water's Creek Interpretive Trail, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ecologist Tom Atzet will lead this Grants Pass-area hike. The interpretive loop trail winds through oak woodland and a forest with some Douglas fir trees greater than 5 feet in diameter.
Saturday, April 13: Beekman Woods Wildflower Hike, 10 a.m. to noon. Wildflower hike on a two-mile loop trail in the Jacksonville Woodlands. The group may see the federally endangered Gentner's fritillaria in bloom.
Thursday, April 18: Lower Table Rock, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each spring, the land conservancy hosts a trip to the Table Rocks in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management. This will be the group's 35th anniversary hike to Lower Table Rock.
Sunday, April 21: Birding Woolfolk Reservoir, 8 to 11 a.m. Expert birder Bob Hunter will lead the trip to a piece of private property near Eagle Point, off of Highway 140, that features oak woodland/savannah, chaparral and a large reservoir and supports many bird species in the spring.
Saturday, April 27: Oredson-Todd Woods, 2 to 4 p.m. Oredson-Todd Woods is a forested gem above Ashland. Naturalist Vern Crawford will lead a hike in this protected park and discuss the natural history and geology of the area.
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.
Table Rocks hikes
Free, guided hikes at the Table Rocks near Medford cover three to five miles roundtrip and last 3 to 5 hours. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed. Reservations are required. To reserve a space on a hike, call the BLM Medford District Office at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, April 6: “Lichen Hikin',” 10 a.m.; Upper Table Rock. John Villella, certified lichenologist, botanist with the Siskiyou Biosurvey, and member of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, will lead a hike to explore the unique variety of important non-vascular plants living on the Table Rocks.
Sunday, April 7: “Spring Nature Sketching,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Artist Cheryl Magellen will lead a nature-sketching session of magnificent vistas, flora and fauna. Bring sketchbooks, pencils, felt-tip pens or other drawing supplies and learn to capture your interpretation of the natural world on paper. Limit is 15 people.
Saturday, April 13: “Wildflowers Abound,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Wildflower hike with Barbara Mumblo, botanist with the U.S. Forest Service and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.
Sunday, April 14: “Powerful Pollinators,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Sarah Red-Laird, aka “Bee Girl,” will discuss why pollination is essential for our survival, and learn how birds and bees interact with wildflowers and trees to produce a rainbow of colors on the Table Rocks.
Saturday, April 20: “Legacy of a Landmark,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Jeff LaLande, retired archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, along with some history of the area during the “Indian Wars” of the 1850s.
Sunday, April 21: “Layers of Time,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Learn about the dramatic formation of the Table Rocks and the resulting unique geological features along a hike to the top with geologist Jad D'Allura.
Saturday, April 27: “A Changing Rogue Climate,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Alan Journet, co-facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network, will discuss climate-change projections for the Rogue Valley and potential consequences for the Table Rocks.
Sunday, April 28:“Tribal History and Culture,” 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes moved from the Rogue Valley to the Siletz Reservation with Robert Kentta, cultural resources director of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians. A 45-minute presentation of traditional basketry and regalia in the parking area will be followed by a stroll to the top.
Saturday, May 4: “Night Owls,” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Listen for sounds of the night from dusk 'til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop with Steve Godwin, BLM wildlife biologist. Along the half-mile, accessible trail, Godwin will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. A short presentation of the common owls in this area and their unique characteristics and adaptations will precede the hike. Bring a flashlight.
Sunday, May 5: “Spring in Bloom,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore the native flora and wildflowers of the Table Rocks with BLM botanist Chamise Kramer.
Saturday, May 11: “Bird's the Word,” 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Birding excursion with Teresa “Bird” Wicks, Klamath Bird Observatory intern and Southern Oregon University environmental education graduate student. You'll explore chaparral, oak savannah, mixed woodland and mounded prairie/vernal pool plant communities of the Table Rocks. Bring binoculars and bird guides, and pick Bird's brain with your ornithology curiosities.
Sunday, May 12: “Nature Rocks on Mother's Day,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Spend Mother's Day on a family hike to the top of the rock. An environmental interpretation specialist from BLM will talk about wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
Saturday, May 18: “Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore and discuss the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks while hiking with Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University.
Sunday, May 19: “That's Batty!” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Learn about regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats they face, with Tony Kerwin, wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator with the BLM. Use detectors to listen for bats during a half-mile, accessible walk. Bring a flashlight.
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 Rogue Valley Roasting Co. 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 cutoff 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 Johns 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 http://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. See www.roguecycle.com.
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.
Saturday, April 13: KBO board member and bird-walk leader Harry Fuller will lead an outing to Agate Lake to look for migrating ducks and shorebirds, Lewis's woodpeckers, golden and bald eagles, osprey, western bluebirds, lark and savannah sparrows and western meadowlarks. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
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.
Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup
Saturday, March 30: The annual event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to help out everywhere on Oregon's 362 miles of public ocean shore. See http://solv.org/ for details. Volunteers are also needed year-round to remove regular and unusual marine debris, and can sign up with the nonprofit Oregon Marine Debris Team at http://eepurl.com/lZKgv. Any visitor can report unusually large amounts of debris or other notable objects by calling 211 from the coast or sending an email with photos and location to firstname.lastname@example.org
'Green Fire' movie night
Wednesday, April 3: This documentary showcases the life and career of conservationist, wildlife ecologist and educator Aldo Leopold. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and the Jacksonville Woodlands Association, the free movie is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Old City Hall in Jacksonville, on the corner of South Oregon and Main streets. Free community event. For information, call 541-482-3069 or email email@example.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.
'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.
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.
Siskiyou Field Institute
Sunday, April 21: Botany 101: Oak Woodland Exploration. Oak woodlands support an exquisite spring wildflower show and host high plant biodiversity. Instructor Kristi Mergenthaler will use oak woodlands in the Butte Falls Recreational Area — including oak savannah, meadow and chaparral — as a laboratory to learn and practice botany. Study topics include plant identification, morphology, family characteristics and evolution. The class will focus on investigating flowering plants but will also take a peek at conifers, mosses, ferns and lichens. Cost is $50. For details or to register, see thesfi.org or call 541-597-8530.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, April 6: “Safe carving,” 1 to 3 p.m. Many primitive skills require the use of a sharpened rock or knife. From making a bow-drill kit to harvesting a sapling for a survival bow to cutting vegetables in your home, safe carving techniques will enhance your projects and keep you safe. No experience required. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Saturday, April 13: “Basket weaving,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Using honeysuckle vines, learn to weave a useful Appalachian-style egg-gathering basket. Guest instructor Deborah Chinn will teach how to primitively create this type of basket for gathering food from your garden, harvesting wild edibles, or even for a table centerpiece. By the end of the class, you will have your own basket to bring home. No experience required. For ages 9 and older. Cost is $30. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Sunday, April 14: “Primitive traps,” 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to hunt as your ancestors did, crafting tools from natural materials to harvest high-calorie food from the landscape. This class will demonstrate how to carve and set a deadfall and a snare, and explain where you would set these traps in order to efficiently capture food for a survival situation. No experience required. For ages 9 and older. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Saturday, April 20: “Hide preserving,” 1 to 3 p.m. When properly cared for, an animal hide can serve as a warm piece of clothing, a part of a shelter, a variety of tools and more. Learn the basics of preserving a hide so that it can be admired and utilized for years to come. No experience required. For ages 9 and older. Cost is $30. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Sunday, April 21: “Building a debris shelter,” 1 to 3 p.m. Knowing how to keep yourself sheltered is your first line of defense in a survival situation. Learn basic shelter-building techniques in this class for all ages. No experience required. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Saturday, April 27: “Evolution of hunting,” 1 to 3 p.m. Students will experience the use of hunting tools used over the course of human history, including the throwing stick, rabbit stick, spear, bow and arrow, atlatl and sling. No experience required. For ages 9 and older. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.