What to Do


  • Rangers at Crater Lake National Park will guide free, one-mile walks through forests and meadows along the crater's rim from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 27. The hikes are appropriate for ages 8 and older and no previous snowshoeing experience is needed. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors can bring their own. Participants should bring warm clothing, thick socks and water-resistant footwear. Walks cover moderately strenuous terrain at an elevation of about 7,100 feet. There is no cost to enter the park in winter. Advance reservations are recommended as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call 541-594-3100. Group tours on weekdays or weekends can also be arranged by calling 541-594-3093. For road conditions, call 800-977-6368 or see www.tripcheck.com before setting out.
  • Test your strength, endurance and flexibility at the interactive Sportsology exhibit at ScienceWorks Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children 2-12 and seniors over 65. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 482-6767.
  • "Many Moons," a kid-friendly, hour-long presentation, follows 10-year-old Princess Lenore, who ate too many raspberry tarts and believes the moon will take her stomach ache away. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 2 at the Center Square Theatre, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 general, $14 seniors and $5 students and are available at the door or by calling 552-6348.


  • Red Earth Descendants will host Shinney/Jima stick games practice and games in Lithia Park at 10 a.m. every Sunday in the grassy area near the lower duck pond and Plaza until the Equinox Games weekend (March 22). Families are invited to come and grab a stick, learn how to play, help form a team, or just watch. Shinney, or Jima, is a pan-Native American game similar to lacrosse or hockey, played with very few rules and lots of creativity! Kids love it because of the freedom and ability to play their own style and to their own comfort level. We play as families with all ages and want to build teams of kids, teens and adults. No experience is necessary. See www.redearthdescendants.org or call 890-3529 or 201-8101.
  • A parent-child interactive sports camp designed for children 3-5 will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. The camp will offer an introduction to soccer, baseball/softball and basketball and parents will assist the child with skills under the guidance of the clinic coordinator. All three sports are sampled in an hour. The clinic includes a T-shirt. All equipment is provided. Cost is $28 residents/$34 non-residents.

Space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.playmedford.com.


  • Northwest Nature Shop will sponsor a guided winter ecology snowshoe to Pilot Rock for children and adults on March 1. $10 per person. Due to limited class size, call 482-3241 to sign up.
  • The second Annual Parent and Daughter Fair, for girls 9-12 and a parent or adult, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Smullin Health Education Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford. The event is free and no preregistration is required.

Correction: The original version of this story included a reference to a Santo Center program not offered until fall. This version has been corrected.

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