Get Out: Friday, March 2

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Table Rocks hikes

Saturday, March 3: 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock - Observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae with botanist John Villella and members of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Some lichen highlights include variant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon, and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula. There’s also a chance to discover early-blooming wildflowers. The hike is free, but reservations are required. Register at For information, call BLM at 541-618-2200.

Saturday, March 24: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock - Molly Allen, BLM environmental education specialist will lead a general information hike to the top of the rock that’s suitable for the whole family. This hike is an introduction to wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology, and cultural history at the Upper Table Rock. The hike is free, but reservations are required. Register at For information, call BLM at 541-618-2200.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, March 3: 10K walk in the town of Rogue River. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. The group will explore the town and the river trail. For more information, see or call 541-582-2607.

Camelback Run

Saturday, March 3: The Camelback Run is a fundraiser for the Phoenix High School Track & Field Team. The fifth annual event features a 15K course on a classic running route known to Phoenix distance runners as "Camelback." The route got its name for the massive hill around the middle of the run. The run passes several orchards, farms and beautiful, wide-open country. Festivities include a 5K run/walk and a free 1-mile race for kids (ages 11 and younger) on the track. For details, see the race calendar at

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, March 7: RVAS holds first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see

Women's Backpacking: What's Inside Your Pack?

Tuesday, March 13: So you have your backpack loaded with all the "necessary" items for your next backpacking trip. Still think you might be carrying too much? Join REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, at 6:30 p.m. for this small-group session on how to cut weight, carry the essentials and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. In this hands-on class, bring your personal pack and gear and we will go through the items you take with you when backpacking and do a group "shake-down" on gear. You will receive the attention to really perfect your packing system. See

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument talk

Thursday, March 15: Learn about recently conducted field work within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument during a research symposium from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Science Building auditorium at Southern Oregon University. Presenters will be SOU student researchers Hope Braithwaite and Suphasiri Muttamara, and University of Oregon geologist Alec Sweetland. Keynote research presenter will be John Alexander, of Klamath Bird Observatory. Topics include geographic variations of pika dialects in southwestern Oregon, species distribution and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies in CSNM, geologic mapping of the Western Cascades, and bird abundance surveys. Refreshment will be served. A raffle to raise money for the Friends Research Fund, a grant program that supports student research in the Monument, will be held. See

Shamrock Run 5 Mile Run/Walk

Saturday, March 17: The annual event starts at 9 a.m. at Crater High School, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. The runs start on start and finish on the high school track, and utilize the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at

Siskiyou Velo

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

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 for more information.

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