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Providence Rogue Run Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K
Sunday, Sept. 17: The runs have been canceled due to concerns about smoky air.
Women's Trail Running Basics
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Trail running can be a great change of pace from the jog around the neighborhood. In this free class, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., women will learn what they need to be set up for success on the trail. Staff at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will talk about technique, training, local places to go, clothing and footwear specific to the sport of trail running. For details and to sign up, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, Sept. 21: Restoration of the Endangered Western Lily on the Southern Oregon Coast. Hannah Schrager, stewardship coordinator for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Charleston will discuss the endangered Western lily (Lilium occidentale), its life history, conservation status and restoration efforts underway for this native plant found within a narrow 4-mile band along the Pacific coastline from Coos Bay to Northern California. Schrager will also discuss some other interesting projects occurring in the southern coastal plant communities. Refreshments will be available at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting and program will start at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Alexis at email@example.com or 860-878-2049.
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23: Who lives in the creek? Hike Jenny Creek in the Box-O Ranch area with aquatic ecologist Chris Volpe and hydrologist Tim Montfort. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7: Hiking through History: Exploring the History of the Applegate Trail with archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Bear Creek Stewardship Day
Saturday, Sept. 23: A Bear Creek cleanup is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and a Kids and Creeks Education Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Park, 1520 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford. For information, see www.bearcreekstewards.org.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 23: 10K walk with a 5K option is east Medford neighborhoods. Gather at 8:45 a.m. in the Medford Center parking lot on Jackson Street, across from Hawthorne Park. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-245-9356.
Learn about Oregon Caves National Monument
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Rangers from Oregon Caves National Monument will talk about what you can expect when you visit this unique area, including the off-trail tour, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. Free. For details and to sign up, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy outings
Saturday, Oct. 7: Rogue River Preserve work party, 9 a.m. to noon. Help care for this stunning property along the Rogue River by pulling invasive Scotch broom with weed wrenches and removing old fencing that is a hazard to wildlife. SOLC will provide snacks, tools and gloves. Feel free to bring your favorite gloves, fence tools and wire cutters if you have some. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Sunday, Oct. 8: Birding Howard Prairie, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bird a privately protected property and nearby federal lands on Howard Prairie with two excellent birders and naturalists, Bob Hunter and Frank Lospalluto. The group may see great gray owls, white-headed woodpecker and migrating birds. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Rogue River Preserve walkabout for families, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Here’s a chance for families to explore the preserve. Bring your little ones and let them discover the wonders of nature. Some walking and lots of exploring. Recommended for children 3 and older. Folks should bring their own picnic lunch. Leaders are Mike Potts and Della Merrill. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Rogue River Preserve fish tour, 9-11:30 a.m. Walk the Rogue River Preserve north of Eagle Point with a fisheries ecologist and look for spawning chinook salmon in the Rogue River. Participants will learn about stream and salmon ecology while enjoying the beauty of this recently conserved property. Leader is retired fish biologist Randy Frick. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Saturday, Oct. 21: White Oak Farm and Forest Tour, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nestled into a northern fold of the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, White Oak Farm is a small, nonprofit, farm-based education center. Tour the conserved farm and forest with co-owner Taylor Starr and forest ecologist Tom Atzet to learn about the farm’s sustainable land-use practices, community programs and restoration efforts. Then take a stroll through the forested hill above the farm with Tom and learn about the ecology and wildlife. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy eating with a view of the Williams Creek Watershed. Learn more about WOF at www.whiteoakfarmcsa.org. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Sunday, Nov. 19: Mushrooms at Rogue River Preserve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mushroom identification; learn how to search for and identify edible and toxic mushrooms around the preserve. Leader is photographer and naturalist Mike Potts. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.