Saturday, Oct. 19: Bear Creek salmon-viewing hike. KS Wild staff ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along Bear Creek to see spawning chinook salmon in Lynn Newbry Park in Talent from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring polarized sun glasses if you have them. Salmon biology will be explained and questions answered. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for more information.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Oct. 5: 10K walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option. Meet for registration at 9:45 a.m. at the Ray's Food Place parking lot on 7th Street. For information, call 541-471-0713 or see the website at www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Oct. 19: 10K walk will explore old Medford. A 5K option is available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Food 4 Less on Biddle Road. For information, call 541-471-0713 or see the website at www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Oct. 5: 10K and 5K runs begin at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park. The 10K is hilly. The 5K is out and back with gradual inclines and declines. Register online by Oct. 3 at sorunners.org. Race-day registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Lithia Loop Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 2: The race begins at 8 a.m. in Ashland's Lithia Park and circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails, with about 2 miles of asphalt. Space is limited to 300 runners. To register, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some club rides listed below are leisurely; others are more intense. All rides are designed and led by a ride leader. Coffee stops to socialize are included on all rides. For more information, see siskiyouvelo.org.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on 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 20 to 25 miles on 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 20-plus miles with long climbs. Contact Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: Race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford and cover more than 20 miles. Contact Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819. See www.roguecycle.com.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 25 flat miles. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 16 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact John Grimbergen, 541-488-1735.
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.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Oct. 2: First-Wednesday bird walk to Denman Wildlife Area. The walk lasts about 3 hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 12: Romain Cooper will lead a special RVAS trip to Del Norte County, Calif. Meet at the O’Brien Country Store eight miles south of Cave Junction on Highway 199 (Redwood Highway). Meeting time is 8:15 a.m. with the group departing at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Romain at email@example.com.
Bear Creek Salmon Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5: The festival features all-ages interactive workshops taught by local experts; exhibits that focus on local salmon habitat and watershed stewardship; and activities such as fly- and spin-casting and Native American drumming and storytelling. Montana Soul, Sonic Kaleidoscope and others will perform, and there will be concessions by Fulcrum Dining. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. 541-488-6606; www.bearcreeksalmonfestival.net.
Siskiyou Field Institute
Friday, Oct. 11: October's Friday night free learning program highlights wild plants for tasty fall harvesting. Presenter Daniel Newberry will focus on acorns and how to process them; you're encouraged to join in. This interactive program will start at 6:30 p.m. at SFI's Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Sunday, Oct. 27: Edible mushrooms of the Southern Cascades. Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms of southern Oregon. Discover key characteristics for identifying many of the following: boletes, corals, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Use all your senses —and your hiking muscles —as you develop skills to recognize which mushrooms to harvest, and which to leave behind. Group will meet at Eagle Point Walmart on Highway 62. Instructor is John Teem. Cost is $50. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Sunday, Nov. 3: Edible mushrooms of the Coast Range. Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms of Southern Oregon. Discover key characteristics for identifying many of the following: boletes, corals, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Use all your senses — and your hiking muscles — as you develop skills to recognize which mushrooms to harvest, and which to leave behind. Instructor is John Teem. Cost is $50. Meet at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Friday, Oct. 4: Preschool Nature Days for ages 2 to 5. Preschool students will be immersed in the natural environment for animal and plant studies, weather exploration, simple survival skills, Bear Creek ecology, and opportunities to express our wonders through play-based nature arts and crafts. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $20 per class. Pre-registration is requested. For details, call 541-772-1390, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.CoyoteTrails.org. Coyote Trails Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.
Saturday, Oct. 26: Basket weaving for ages 12 and older. Guest instructor Deborah Chinn will show how to weave a beautiful, useful basket for gathering food from your garden, harvesting wild edibles or for a table centerpiece. By the end of class, you will have your own basket to bring home. Class limited to 10 students. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $30. Pre-registration is requested. For details, call 541-772-1390, email email@example.com or see www.CoyoteTrails.org. Coyote Trails Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.