Table Rocks hikes
The Nature Conservancy and the BLM are sponsoring a series of free interpretive hikes at the Upper and Lower Table Rocks. The hikes cover three to five miles 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 541-618-2200.
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.
Sunday May 19: “Spring Nature Sketching.” Artist Cheryl Magellen will lead a spring nature-sketching session of the vistas, flora and fauna of Lower Table Rock. Bring sketchbooks, pencils, felt-tip pens or other drawing supplies, and learn to capture your interpretation of the natural world on paper. Participation is limited to 15 individuals.
Sunday, May 12: Serpentine fen hike to see carnivorous Darlingtonia California in the Day's Gulch Botanical Area near the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The group will do some botanizing, rare-plant identification and enjoy the season's wildflowers. Easy off-trail strolling. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Food Place parking lot in Selma 10:30 a.m. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 18: Moderate, six-mile hike along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River trail. Learn about the ongoing campaign to protect the Wild Rogue. Group will start at the Grave Creek boat ramp and hike to Whisky Creek and visit the historic Whisky Creek cabin, view some of the tributary streams that are critical spawning habitat for salmon and experience the Rogue canyon's spring wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9 a.m. in Ashland and the north Fred Meyer in Medford at 9:30 a.m. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sun and rain gear, a camera and comfortable hiking shoes. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email email@example.com.
Siskiyou chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon
Saturday, May 18: Botanist Armand Rebischke will lead a hike on the Rogue River trail to Rainie Falls. The moderate, four-mile trek will start at the Grave Creek Bridge and follow the south-side trail at the beginning of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. This is the shady side of the river, with populations of Lewisia cotyledon and Delphinium nudicaule. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks and lunch. Be prepared for 400 feet of elevation change and some slippery spots. Meet at Rays Food Place in Merlin at 8:30 a.m. to drive or carpool to the trailhead. For information, call Rebischke at 541-482-2141.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 29: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, May 11: 10K walk will explore Medford during the Art in Bloom event. This is an American Volkssport Association registered walk. It has a 5K option. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Food 4 Less on Biddle Road. For details, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/-ourclub.html.
Run the Ditch Trail
Saturday, May 25: Five- and 10-mile races, along the Little Applegate River and historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail, begin at 9 a.m. There will be ribbon awards for the top three finishers in the age groups, as well as cash awards for the three top male and female finishers in the 10-miler. See the race calendar at sorunners.org for details and registration.
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; others are intense. All rides are led by a ride leader, and they all stop for coffee and social time.
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: Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 30 to 50 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: 14 to 16 mph over 30 to 55 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various 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 ride begins 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.
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.
North Mountain Nature Center
Saturday, May 11: Rogue Valley Bird Day, a local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, runs from 8 a.m. to noon at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The theme this year is the “Life Cycle of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas.” It will focus on what birds are doing at various times of the year (nesting, migrating, overwintering), and the importance of conservation efforts along every step of their journey. Wildlife Images exhibits, guided bird walks, shade-grown coffee, and a bird-calling contest for all ages are planned. Admission is free. See www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net or call 541-488-6606.
Thursday, May 16: Through photos and lively discussion, you can learn about the birds that arrive in the Rogue Valley during the spring months in preparation for the summer breeding season. The program will take place from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, and will discuss the birds found in different habitats of Jackson County. On Saturday, May 18, participants can take a field trip from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit several birding locations in the Ashland area to discover birds mentioned in the class. Cost is $15. The class is intended for ages 13 and older. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606. The instructor is Harry Fuller, a local bird walk leader and author of “Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle.”
Weed Whomping Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 15: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy has started a regular stewardship work-party program called Weed Whomping Wednesdays. These half-day work parties on conserved lands occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs during the cool season, or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Each work party will also involve something educational such as an interpretive walk. Shared poetry and storytelling will be encouraged. Treats will be provided. Contact Kristi if you are interested in joining the group or have questions at 541-482-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, May 11: “Primitive rope and cordage.” Knowledge of cordage and knots can be a lifesaver. With the proper materials and techniques, you can make reliable cordage for shelter, water, fire and food purposes. For ages 9 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Sunday, May 12: Learn the principles of building a fire in a fun and light-hearted atmosphere. Lesson includes 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 older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Saturday, May 18: “Wilderness movement and awareness.” How do you sneak up on a deer? How can you see more animals, get closer to them and have a richer experience outdoors? This introduction to stalking steps and awareness techniques will reveal the subtle movements of the wild. For ages 8 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Sunday, May 19: Ever wonder how to make fire by rubbing sticks together? Learn how to use fire-by-friction — including use of a bow-drill and hand-drill — to stay warm in a cold, wet situation you weren't expecting. For ages 9 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Saturday, May 25: “Primitive stone oil lamps.” Living in a primitive shelter can be a wonderful experience, but in order to make it cozy, you need a light source. In this class you will learn how to make simple, effective and beautiful stone oil lamps without the use of modern tools or fuels. These lamps can be used for lighting, heating and cooking. At the end of the class, you will take home a primitive oil lamp that you made.For ages 10 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.
Sunday, May 26: “Flint knapping.” Arrowheads, knives, axes and more; learn to chip your own cutting tool. Learn how to read “rock percussions” so the rock will break just the way you want it to. For ages 9 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $35. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see www.coyotetrails.org.