Get Out: Friday, April 15
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Table Rocks hikes
Saturday, April 16: Upper Table Rock, 9 a.m. Jad D’Allura, emeritus professor of geology at Southern Oregon University, will discuss the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features and soils during a hike to the top of the ancient lave flow. Register online at http://layersoftime.eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 16: Lower Table Rock, 10 a.m. Terry Tuttle, retired forester and professional photographer, will lead a nature photography hike. Wildflowers, landscape and wildlife photography will be covered. Bring your camera with a cover (in case of rain) and a light tripod if you have one. Tuttle will be joined by members of the Southern Oregon Photographic Association. For more information, visit www.sopacameraclub.org
Sunday, April 17: Upper Table Rock, 9 a.m. Chamise Kramer, avid botanist and public affairs specialist with the Rogue River National Forest, and Molly Allen, BLM environmental educator, will lead a hike yo explore native flora, wildflowers and natural history of the Table Rocks. Register online at http://springinbloom.eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 23: Lower Table Rock, 8 a.m. Local bird experts Bob Quaccia of the Audubon Society and Frank Lospalluto of Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a hike to view spring birds of the Table Rocks. Learn identification tips and conservation information. Bring binoculars and I.D. books if you desire. Limited to 15 people. Register online at http://fortheearlybirds.eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 23: Lower Table Rock, 9 a.m. Jeff LaLande, retired archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the Indian Wars of the 1850s. Register online at http://legacyofalandmark.eventbrite.com
Sunday, April 24: Upper Table Rock, "Camp White: The Alcatraz of Boot Camps,” 9 a.m. Travel back in time with George Kramer, local author and historian, to the WWII era, when Southern Oregon was a major training center for the U.S. military. Kramer will lead participants on a guided exploration of the remains of the Camp White artillery range, which includes pillboxes designed to practice infantry drills. Because there is no trail, wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Limited to 15 people. Register online at http://campwhite.eventbrite.com
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 16: Eagle Point is the setting for this 10K walk, with a 5K option. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street in downtown Eagle Point. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Ashland Community Bike Swap
Saturday, April 16: The 26th annual bike swap will provide a community venue for buying and selling working-condition bicycles and related equipment. Proceeds from the event fund bike safety education in the Rogue Valley. The event will run from noon to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Items for sale can be dropped off Friday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. Sellers agree to pay 20 percent of each sale, with a $100 cap, to benefit bicycle safety education. For details, call 541-488-5340 or see www.RVTD.org/bikeswap
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
These free hikes may fill quickly, but SOLC encourages people to get on the waiting list, because cancellations are common. A reminder will be emailed one week prior to the hike. To register, go to landconserve.org. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
Wednesday, April 20: Upper Table Rock, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each spring, SOLC hosts a special trip to the Table Rocks in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management. It was the conservation of Lower Table Rock in 1978 that led to the start of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.
Saturday, April 23: Rogue River Preserve ecology, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk the oak woodlands, vernal pools and an impressive riparian forest along the Rogue River near Eagle Point with one of the most popular hike guides in our region, Tom Atzet.
Thursday, April 28: Cascade foothills flowers, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The city of Ashland’s Imperatrice property, east of Ashland in the Cascade foothills, is an 825-acre parcel with grassland flowers, views of the southern Bear Creek Valley, and a rare breeding colony of grasshopper sparrows. Botanist and SOLC staffer Kristi Mergenthaler will lead a late-afternoon, moderately strenuous hike on a rough trail.
Sunday, May 8: This hike to the city of Ashland’s Imperatrice property, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be a longer and more strenuous hike than the April visit, and the group will visit the oak woodland on the ridge.
Saturday, May 14: Rogue River Preserve natural history, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Dave Garcia will lead a hike on this property north of Eagle Point. This hike will visit the property's northern river access point.
Sunday, May 15: Oredson-Todd Woods ecology, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oredson-Todd Woods is a forested community gem above Ashland. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a hike in this conserved Ashland city park and share the ecology of the woods.
Whetstone Savanna work party
Saturday April 16: The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive non-native curly dock plants from vernal pools between 9 a.m. and noon at Whetstone Savanna Preserve, which shelters mounded prairie and vernal pool communities that include rare plants and fairy shrimp. Bring your family, enjoy spring wildflowers and learn about the diverse life in vernal pools while working to protect this unique habitat. Wear waterproof shoes and bring a good digging tool if possible. Snacks, gloves and tools will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Molly at 541-770-7933, ext. 2# or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk: Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail
Thursday, April 21: Connie Soper, author of "Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail," will highlight a few of the 40 consecutive day hikes along the Oregon Coast starting at Fort Stevens State Park and ending in California. The talk starts at 7 p.m. at GEOS Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland.
Lost Creek Trail Run
Saturday, April 23: The event includes 50K, 30K and 5K routes in Joseph H. Stewart State Park. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, April 26: Southern Oregon University biology professor and Mail Tribune bird columnist Stewart Janes will talk about his two-month journey through Argentina. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Lidgate Hall of Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org for more information.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Free, ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April. The walks last about two hours and cover a mile of moderately strenuous terrain through forests and meadows along Crater Lake's rim. No previous snowshoe experience is required, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. To sign up, call the park visitor center at 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 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 Bob MacCracken 425-512-3829.
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 John Bullock at 541-488-7962.