Get Out: Friday, Sept. 16
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Hike and Learn: Writing Wild
Friday-Saturday, Sept 16-17: Naturalist and writer Pepper Trail will lead a "hike and learn" focused on writing poetry and prose about the outdoors. He will give a talk from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Ashland library. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., he will lead a hike in the Soda Mountain area. At several stops during the hike, Trail will read poems he's written about sites in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. To register, see http://csnmhikeandlearn.eventbrite.com/
Mount Ashland birding
Saturday, Sept. 17: Vince Zauskey of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society will lead a half-day birding trip to the Mount Ashland area. Fall migrants and montane specialties will be among the probable sightings. Meet at the Shop'n Kart parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information, see roguevalleyaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 17: 10K walk in Jacksonville includes a 5K option. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the public parking Lot on D Street near the library. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com
Easy pace Wild Rogue backpack
Saturday-Tuesday, Sept. 17-20: Siskiyou Mountain Club will lead a 25-mile hike through the heart of the Wild Rogue Wilderness over four days. Day one will include drive to Maria and hike 8 easy miles along the Wild Rogue to Clay Hill. Day 2 hike will ascend 3,500 feet over 4.25 miles through oak savanna and primeval old growth to Panther Ridge. Day 3 hike along Panther Ridge to the headwaters of Mule Creek, and day 4 hike will descend through dreamy gorges back to Marial. Participants must be in good shape but don't need to be fast hikers. Space is limited. Members only. Email email@example.com or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up. A carpool will leaves Ashland at 6 a.m. Sept. 17, with rendezvous options in Medford and Grants Pass. Group will return to Ashland by 7 p.m. Sept. 20.
Forest Park hike
Monday, Sept. 19: A guided hike in Jacksonville's Forest Park will start at 8:30 a.m. Meet at P-1, a parking lot about 1 mile up Reservoir Road, which turns right off Highway 238 as it heads out of Jacksonville. The moderate, 4-mile hike will begin on Jackson Ridge Trail, which gains 700 feet to Jackson Ridge before dropping through woods to Jackson Creek Nature Trail. It finishes on a portion of Canyon Vista Trail. The hike should take about 3 hours. Email Kandee McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Land Conservation in Southwest Oregon
Thursday, Oct. 20: Kristi Mergenthaler, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy stewardship director, will provide an overview of the Land Conservancy’s work protecting low-elevation farms, streamside forests, rare plants and special places important to the community by working cooperatively with landowners. Besides highlighting some beautiful plants, she will discuss a few upcoming conservation opportunities. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Outdoor sketching and painting with Paula Fong
Thursday, Sept. 22: Sketch and paint with local nature artist Paula Fong from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at scenic Grouse Gap on Mount Ashland. Learn to observe the natural world with an artistic eye, discuss landscape patterns, natural forms, technique and palette choices. Bring your art supplies of choice, sun protection, layered clothing, water and a camp chair (optional). Free. A carpool will leave at 2:30 p.m. from Northwest Nature Shop at 154 Oak St., Ashland. For more information, email email@example.com or call 541-488-5789. To sign up, see http://kswild.org/get-involved/Events or www.adoptabotanicalarea.org/upcoming-events/
Public lands event at Sterling Mine Ditch Trail
Saturday, Sept. 24: BLM will host a National Public Lands Day event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail with help from Siskiyou Upland Trails Association. Volunteeers will help reroute a steep section of trail that currently goes over the tunnel, creating a new trail segment between the Tunnel Ridge access trail and Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The project involves a moderate, 1-mile hike to get to the work site; volunteers should be prepared to hike and be away from their vehicles for several hours. Bring water and gloves. A bagged lunch will be provided to carry up to the site. SUTA will provide baked treats for everyone to enjoy during the morning. For directions and more details, see www.sutaoregon.org
Rogue Valley Audubon Society talk
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Coastal conservation specialist Paul Engelmeyer will speak at the Rogue Valley Audubon Society's monthly meeting, at 7 p.m. in Lidgate Hall at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St. For more information, see roguevalleyaudubon.org/Chapter_Meetings.html
Bear Creek salmon walks at Lynn Newbry Park
Sunday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 15: KS Wild will lead an easy walk along Bear Creek to observe and learn about the return of salmon to the Rogue Valley. The walks start at 10 a.m. and are led by staff of KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper. Bring sun protection, snacks and water. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-488-5789, or see http://kswild.org/get-involved/Events/upcoming-events
Bear Creek salmon walk at Coyote Trails Nature Center
Sunday, Oct. 16: KS Wild will lead an easy walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. along Bear Creek to observe and learn about the return of salmon to the Rogue Valley. The walk starts at Coyote Trails Nature Center, in US Cellular Park, at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, and will be led by staff of KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper. Bring sun protection, snacks and water. For more information, email email@example.com, call 541-488-5789, or see http://kswild.org/get-involved/Events/upcoming-events
Bear Creek salmon walk at Bear Creek Park
Tuesday, Oct. 18: KS Wild will lead an easy walk along Bear Creek from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to observe and learn about the return of salmon to the Rogue Valley. The walk starts at Bear Creek Park, 1520 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, and will be led by staff of KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper. Bring sun protection, snacks and water. Meet at the playground in Bear Creek Park. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-488-5789, or see http://kswild.org/get-involved/Events/upcoming-events
Illinois River salmon walks
Sundays, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30: KS Wild will lead an easy walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. along the Illinois River to view returning salmon. The walks will start at Illinois River Forks State Park in Cave Junction and be led by staff of KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper. Bring sun protection, snacks and water. For more information, email email@example.com, call 541-488-5789, or see http://kswild.org/get-involved/Events/upcoming-events
Fly casting at Hedrick Middle School
Mondays: Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid of the Rogue Fly Fishers will teach people how to cast with a fly rod Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hedrick Middle School, 1501 E. Jackson St., Medford. Both beginners and seasoned casters who want to practice are welcome. Free. No casting on rain days or holidays.
Lithia Park nature walks
Through September: Each Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., trained naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 90-minute nature walk through Lithia Park, rain or shine. The free walks touch on trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and history of the park. Meet at the park entrance across from the Plaza in Ashland. No reservations required.
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.