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Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 23: 10K walk in the city of Rogue River on the day of the annual Rogue River Rooster Crow. Meet at 7:45 at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hike
Sunday, June 24: Dragonfly Exploration at Rogue River Preserve, noon to 4 p.m. Learn about dragonfly ecology and identification on a gorgeous property on the Rogue. This outing will be led by naturalists Norm Barrett, Gary Shaffer and Jim Livaudais. To learn more and to register, go to landconserve.org.
Native Plant Society hikes
Saturday, June 23: Botanist Wayne Rolle will lead a hike through the Split Rock Creek Watershed to enjoy some of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains flora. The hike will be a loop through older forest, wetlands and meadows. The group will explore McDonald Peak, nearby ridges and see several rare and unusual plant species. There will be many wildflowers and beautiful views across the 2,000-feet elevation gain and loss. The hike will be around 4 to 5 miles long, cross relatively steep terrain, and is almost all off-trail. Wear boots that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Rendezvous for carpooling at Talent Elementary School, 307 Wagner Creek Road in Talent, at 9 a.m. We will park in the lot accessed around the corner on Schoolhouse Road. After carpooling we will drive via Wagner Creek Road and Forest Service Road 22. Field trip will arrive back in Talent by 6 p.m. Contact trip leader Wayne Rolle at 541-482-0093 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday-Saturday, June 29-30: Spend a weekend with the Native Plant Society, KS Wild and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area and participate in a land stewardship project to repair damage and protect the botanical diversity in this rare serpentine landscape. Forest Service staff will give a short training each day on safety and the botanical significance of the Eight Dollar Mountain region. Expect low/moderate-intensity hiking, digging, lifting, sign installation, photo assessment and GPS documentation. Tools will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own. Camping for the weekend is optional, and everyone is invited to a campfire Saturday night. All camping equipment and meals to be supplied by participants. Port-o-Potties and water will be available. Let us know if you would like to camp so we can reserve enough space. Bring a lunch, water, durable work clothes, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and gloves. For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at Detweiler.email@example.com.
Full moonrise hike
Thursday, June 28: Northwest Nature Shop is organizing a guided night hike from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. under the full moon. Participants will hike to a vantage point in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and watch the full moon rise around 8:15 p.m. The group will observe the night sky, look for bats and discuss all things lunar. All ages are welcome on this easy-moderate hike. A carpool will leave Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 6:30 p.m. and return by 9:30 p.m. Flashlights are welcome, but will be used minimally at the discretion of the hike leader.
Plein Air Paint-out and Picnic
Friday, June 29: Join a friendly group of local artists for a plein air paint-out on the Dead Indian Memorial Plateau, adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The event will be a peaceful and invigorating experience for new and experienced artists alike. With wide-open vistas of conifer hillsides and wildflower meadows, the group will paint under the setting summer sun. Local artists Deb VanPoolen and Jeanine Moy will provide outdoor painting tips and natural history anecdotes. All are welcome, some experience drawing/painting is encouraged. Meet at Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, for a carpool to the site at 3:30 p.m., returning before 9 p.m. No sign up required for this free event. Please bring your own painting supplies, a stool or blanket to sit on, extra layers of clothing, drinking water and snacks to share.
Wednesday, July 4: The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show features more than 300 species of native flowers from the Cascades, Siskiyous and the valleys between. The free show is held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. For information, email Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-890-2091.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May through September. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 541-488-5340.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, July 4: 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 http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/
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 Mello 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 email@example.com.
Every Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.