Get Out: Jan. 17, 2014

HIKING

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 18:
10K walk in Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot on the west side of Interstate 5 at Exit 33. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
Through April 27:
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.

KS Wild
Saturday, Jan. 25:
Moderate, 7-mile snowshoe hike to Soda Mountain will travel the Pacific Crest Trail to the summit of Soda Mountain. A limited number of snowshoes may be available to borrow: call Morgan at 541-488-5789 to inquire. Otherwise, snowshoes can be rented at the Ashland Outdoor Store for $10-$15 a day. Bring a lunch, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, a camera, winter shoes and snow gear. A carpool will leave from Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. Call Morgan or email morgan@kswild.org for information and to sign up.


RUNNING

Couples Truffle Shuffle
Saturday, Feb. 8: Annual 5K and 10K road relay race with a Valentine's theme.
Register as a team in any number of categories or register solo and get a blind date! Chocolate truffles for all finishers and at the aid station. Start time is 10:30 a.m. Start and finish at Griffin Creek School. For entry details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 15: Half-marathon and 5K
begin at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River. For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.


CYCLING

Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include 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 on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.

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 at 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.

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 at 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.


BIRDING

Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, Jan. 18:
Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds visiting the feeders in Ashland's North Mountain Park. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's Feeder Watch project, a nationwide bird monitoring project. 9 to 10 a.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Free. Call 541-488-6606 or see www.northmountainpark.org.


EVENTS

Siskiyou Field Institute
Friday, Jan. 17:
Rich Nawa, ecologist for KS Wild and a local naturalist, will present a program on “Biology of the Pacific Salmon.” He's spent many years studying salmonid species, especially in the Illinois and Rogue valleys. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. Free refreshments. Call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org for more info. It's the first program of 2014 in SFI's Free Friday Night Learning series.

Science in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Tuesday, Feb. 11:
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is home to a spectacular variety of plants and animals. Folks explore, conduct research projects and educate others in this diverse and wonderful area. Join the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou to learn about some of the research and education occurring there. The class, for ages 12 and older, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at North Mountain Park. The cost is $5. The instructor is Kristi Reynolds. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

Native Plant Society of Oregon
Thursday, Feb. 20:
Grasses of Southern Oregon: The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous. Cindy Roche, one of the illustrators of the grass volumes for “Flora of North America” and team member for writing “A Field Guide to Grasses of Oregon and Washington,” will show how to identify grasses and describe some of the native and invasive grasses of our region. Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 171. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7. Free. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.


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