Sunday, June 29: Hike to Grizzly Peak. The emphasis of the trip is wildflower identification and natural history. A detailed plant list with scientific and common names will be provided. Please leave pets at home. Hike difficulty is moderate, be prepared to walk 6 miles roundtrip. Carpool leaves the Ashland Outdoor Store at 9 a.m. Bring plenty of water, wear sturdy walking shoes, bring warm layers, sun protection and a lunch. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 to sign up, space is limited to 20 participants. See more at www.kswild.org
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
Saturday, June 28: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist Dennis Odion and consulting ecologist Evan Frost (email@example.com), both SMWC board members, for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly 5-mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate difficulty. Dogs by prior permission only of the hike leader. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart in Ashland.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 28: 10K walk in Rogue River, where the town will be celebrating its Rooster Crow Festival. A 5K option is available. Meet at 7:45 a.m. for registration at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, July 12: 10K walking tour of Central Point will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot west of the Interstate 5 exit. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, July 26: 10K walk (with a 5K option) in east Medford will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Medford Center, which is across Jackson Street from Hawthorne Park. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Lithia Park Nature Walks
Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays: Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. Meet at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. Free. Call 541-488-5340.
Northwest Nature Shop
Saturday, July 12: Naturalist Jeanine Moy will lead a half-day wildflower walk to the alpine meadows of Mount Ashland to learn about local wildflowers and the pollinators that make it all possible. Meet at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10 a.m. to carpool. Space is limited. Cost is $5. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.
Rogue River Rooster Crow Run
Saturday, June 28: 5K and 2-mile runs begin at Rogue River Middle School Beck Field. Courses are flat and fast. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Mondays: Runners can meet above the Britt Pavilion above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville at 6 p.m. every Monday (rain or shine) for a training run in the Jacksonville Woodlands. The 13th Britt Woods Firehouse Run on Saturday, July 12, includes a 2- and 4-mile exhibition at 7 a.m., and the 10K main event at 8 a.m. A 100-yard fun run for children starts at 7:30 a.m. Call race director Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 or 541-899-1214 for information. See the race calendar at sorunners.org to register.
Siskiyou Velo rides
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: VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced riders who wish to ride at a moderate average pace (14-16 mph); 30 to 60 miles, some hills. Contact Wayne Evitts at 541-816-0007.
Every Saturday: VeloMello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. 20 to 25 miles, Rides are easy pace (10-13 mph) and terrain with frequent stops to regroup. No one will be dropped. Mostly flat, neighborhoods and country roads. Contact Elaine Sweet at 541-482-8332.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 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.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, July 2: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact him if you are willing to help.
Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show
Friday, July 4: The Siskiyou chapter of Native Plant Society of Oregon will host the annual wildflower show, featuring more than 300 species of flowers from the Cascades, Siskiyous and the valleys in between, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Free. For information, call Sasha at 541-661-3492.