Get Out: Friday, Sept. 19
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Ride the Rogue
Saturday, Sept. 20: Bicycle rides along the Rogue River ranging from 25 to 100 miles will start at Palmerton Park in Rogue River. A 100-mile "Century Route" runs through Grants Pass to the Applegate Valley, and departs at 7 a.m., a 70-mile "Metric Century-plus" departs at 8:30 a.m., a 40-mile ride departs at 9 a.m., a 25-mile "Quarter Century" ride departs at 10 a.m. The event is a fundraiser to help build the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway, with a gourmet feast, live music and activities for the whole family. Register online or in person. See www.ridetherogue.org for details.
Pilot Rock hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20: On Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., geologist Jad D'Allura and historian Jeff Lalande will amaze us with the geology of this iconic landmark and of the people and places surrounding it. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, D'Allura and LaLande will lead a moderate hike to the rock. Meet at the Pilot Rock Trail, off Highway 99. Among other things, you'll learn more about the rocks that make up Pilot Rock, why they look like giant columns, why we call it “Pilot Rock,” as well as how other places in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument got their names. For details, contact Kristi at email@example.com or 541-778-0597.
Vernal Pool Seed Sowing Project
Saturday, Sept. 20: ODOT and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up to spread native seed in newly restored vernal pools near the Table Rocks, at the Kincaid Property Mound Site on the Whetstone Savanna. Volunteers will learn about the diverse life of this unique habitat while collecting and spreading native seed materials. The site shelters mounded prairie and vernal pool communities that include rare plants and fairy shrimp and safeguard a key portion of oak savanna habitat on the Rogue Valley floor. Work will run from 9 a.m. to noon. To register, call Molly Morison at TNC at 541-770-7933, ext. 2#, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a garden rake if possible. Families are welcome. Snacks, gloves and tools will be provided.
Siskiyou Crest botanical area hike
Sunday, Sept. 21: Northwest Nature Shop and KS Wild will lead a half-day botanical hike to the the heart of the Siskiyou Crest from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children and adults are invited to join expert naturalists Jeanine Moy and Doug and Tabitha Viner to learn about the rich botanical life of the Siskiyou Crest. The hike offers magnificent views south to Mount Shasta, the Scott Valley and the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Space is limited. Suggested donation $5. Call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241 to sign up.
Umpqua Hot Springs Cleanup
Saturday, Sept. 27: Volunteers are needed for a National Public Lands Day cleanup at the Umpqua Hot Springs trailhead to replace a signboard, pick up litter, and remove brush and invasive weeds. The site is the portal to the popular hot springs, where heavy use has created damage to the site, including graffiti, unsightly camping sites and litter. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting in the parking lot for springs. A shuttle will leave from the North Umpqua Ranger Station in Glide at 7:45 a.m. Work gloves, garbage bags, rakes, pruners and saws will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Bring a lunch to eat with the group or on your own after the work party while you explore the surrounding area. Volunteers are encouraged to register ahead by calling Janie Pardo at 541-496-4178.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 20: 10K walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option, will meet at 8:45 a.m. at The Lodge at Riverside. Parking is available on Eighth Street, behind the Lodge. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
The Rogue Run
Sunday, Sept. 21: Half-marathon and 10K travel along the Bear Creek Greenway with surprising aid stations, beautiful scenery and refreshments at the end. The 10K starts at Bear Creek Park and the half-marathon starts at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. Both races finish at The Expo, which will be hosting the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest that weekend. For details, see www.theroguerun.com.
Enchanted Forest Wine Run
Saturday, Sept. 27: Featuring a half-marathon and a 5K, the race will begin at Wooldridge Creek Winery, 818 Slagle Creek Road, Grants Pass. Runners will weave through vineyards before descending through the winding trails of the Enchanted Forest. For details, see http://thewinerun.com.
Wilderness Act celebration
Thursday, Oct. 9: Southern Oregon University's ECOS (Ecology & Sustainability Resource Center) will host a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Local nonprofits, businesses, land-management agencies, student groups and other organizations will be represented at the Stevenson Union Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations include a crosscut saw competition. Food will be available. At 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. there will be a screening of "Wild By Law," a movie about the rise of wilderness and environmentalism, in the Hannon Library's Meese Room. At 6:30 p.m. longtime Ashland resident, environmental activist and wilderness advocate Andy Kerr will offer a keynote address in the Meese Room.