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Deer Creek wildflower hike
Sunday, June 17: This moderately difficult, family-friendly hike will start at 9:30 a.m. on Deer Creek Road at the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The group will hike 3 to 4 miles down to the Illinois River for lunch. Expect to see many flowers in bloom, including pitcher plants, orchids, marsh gentian, saw-toothed angelica, western azalea, blue lupine, Oregon stone crop and buttercup, plus many more not in bloom, but identifiable. Hike leader Gary Powell will bring a wildflower identification book. Most of the hike is pretty flat, except for a hill at the beginning and end. For more information and carpool locations, sign up at www.kswild.org/events
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 outings
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 email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.