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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
First Wednesday bird walks
Wednesday, Oct. 4: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/First_Wednesday_Count.html
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
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/
Talent Harvest Festival 5K and 10K Runs
Saturday, Oct. 7: The runs start at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park. on Main Street. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Oct. 7: 10K walk in Grants Pass will include the Art Along the Rogue sidewalk art event. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. For information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Saturday, Oct. 21: 10K walk will explore Gold Hill and follow a path along the Rogue River. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Post Office parking lot on Second Avenue in downtown Gold Hill. For information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 21: 5K and 10K runs start at 8 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville. The event benefits the Pear Blossom Scholarship Fund. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Siskiyou Mountain Club
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 9-11: Moderate to challenging two-night backpack. The group may use this as an opportunity to monitor 2017 fires. The location will be determined by weather and state of fire closures. Will leave at 8 a.m. Friday and return by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Thursday, Oct. 19: Join SMC executive director Gabe Howe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at REI Medford to discover three new hiking opportunities in our region, on trails recently reopened through support from REI, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and others, including a fresh loop in the Sky Lakes and a 75-mile route from Oregon Caves National Monument to Ashland. Register at www.rei.com/events
Grants Pass Half Marathon
Saturday, Oct. 28: The half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kid’s Costume run start at 8 a.m. at Reinhart Park in Grants Pass. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
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 email@example.com.
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.