Get Out: Friday, March 6
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Tar 'N' Trail Run
Saturday, March 7: The six-mile run on a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and the side streets of Ashland begins at 8 a.m. at Lithia Park at the Pioneer and Hargadine park entrance. Proceeds will benefit the Ashland Woodlands & Trail Association. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com or call 541-201-0014.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, March 7: Winter Fire 1-3 p.m. For ages 10 through adult. Learn ancient fire-starting techniques using bow and hand drills in order to stay warm in unexpected cold, wet situations. No experience required. $15. Preregister, as space is limited. For information and to register, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Sunday, March 8: A free outdoor skills gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. For all ages; younger than 8 accompanied by an adult. See what Coyote Trails School of Nature is all about while you learn or practice wilderness skills you’ve always been curious about. Not a formal class, no experience necessary. Please preregister as space is limited. Coyote Trails School of Nature is at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. For details and to register, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 7: 10K walk in Eagle Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. Bob Moore Park on Main Street in downtown Eagle Point. A 5K route is available. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Northwest Rafters Association
Friday, March 13: The group will gather at Wild River Pizza in Grants Pass from 7 to 9 p.m. It is dedicated to recreational whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as safety instruction. All rafters and paddlers in Southern Oregon who are interested in boating class II to IV waters are welcome. Guest speaker will be Stephen Kiesling of the Gold Hill Whitewater Center, who will talk about progress on the whitewater course in Gold Hill and this year’s King of the Rogue Race. Afterwards, there will be a discussion of the club calendar for the year, including numerous boating campouts and volunteer opportunities. A group paddle will be held Saturday, weather and flows permitting. For questions, call Cecil Lesley, NWRA president, at 541-891-4790.
Saturday, March 14: The annual 5-mile run starts at 9 a.m. on the Crater High School track and heads out onto the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, March 14: Biologist Frank Lospalluto and RVAS member Anne Goff will lead a field trip to Cantrall-Buckley County Park. Red-shouldered hawks and acorn woodpeckers are likely sightings. Learning some of the nuances of birding by ear will also be discussed. A carpool will meet at 8 a.m. at the Ruch Country Store. Bring food and water. Return in the early afternoon. For information, email email@example.com
Applegate Trail Work
Sunday, March 15: Applegate Trails Association will hold a trail work party at Cantrall-Buckley County Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring loppers, digging tools or power trimmers/brushcutters. Some tools provided. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Plant Society
Thursday, March 19: The group will hold a free program called Table Rock Wildflowers: A Legacy of Beauty and Diversity, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. More than 200 species of wildflowers grow at the Table Rocks, and many of them have colorful botanical and cultural histories. Dwarf woolly meadowfoam grows nowhere else on Earth, Henderson’s fawn lily is named after a famous botanist, and camas, a notable food plant, caused distress for early explorers. Botanists Molly Morison and Marcia Wineteer will stitch together wildflower stories and show off the Table Rock wildflower quilt housed at the genealogy library. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Saturday, March 21: SOLC will hold a work party in the Jacksonville Woodlands from 9:30 a.m. to noon to remove invasive English ivy from the forest. The goal is to save trees from death-by-ivy and protect woodland flowers and shrubs. Meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek just outside of Jacksonville; snacks and gloves will be supplied. You can come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toe shoes, preferably boots, and bring water. The parking lot is on the left side of Highway 238, 0.8 miles outside town, opposite Reservoir Road. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
Ashland Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, March 21: Terence Philippe of Northwest Nature Shop will lead a bird walk to Ashland Pond to look for waterfowl, raptors and maybe river otters and beavers. Expect about two miles of walking on gentle paths. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Space is limited, so call 541-482-3241 to reserve a space or comment on the store’s Facebook page.
Full Moon Hike
Friday, April 3: Applegate Trails Association has planned a three-mile hike to Findley Ridge Overlook that will start at 8 p.m. Hikers will meet at Provolt Store, 14299 Williams Highway, Applegate. Moderate difficulty. For details, email email@example.com
Jacksonville Woodlands Hike-a-Thon
Saturday, April 11: The 25th annual event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Doc Griffin Park, corner of South Fourth and Pine streets. Two guided hikes are planned, along with a picnic lunch in the park, children's events and more. For details, see the Jacksonville Woodlands Association website at jvwoodlands.org
Pear Blossom Run
Saturday, April 11: The annual 10-mile race starts at 8:20 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 7 a.m. To register and learn more, see www.pearblossomrun.com
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph. No one will be dropped. Call Ginny Jensen at 541-488-1398.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou 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. Call Ken Kelley at 541-857-6819.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced group riders who wish to ride in periodic pace lines at a moderate-plus average pace (16 to 18 mph); more than 50 miles, on mostly hilly terrain. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Crank It Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations; 20 to 30 miles. Pace 12 to 15 mph, varied terrain. No one will be dropped. Call Tom Ryan at 541-261-4757.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace lining at high speeds. Pace: 18+ mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph average over 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call David Chapman at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph with periodic pace lines over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.