Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
Sunday, June 23: The Geos Institute's aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (541-621-7226; firstname.lastname@example.org) will lead a short but very challenging hike along the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a nontechnical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 29: Botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (email@example.com; 541-899-1117) will explore the area where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest, hiking from Round Mountain to Green Springs Mountain. The first part of the trip is cross-country; the second part is on the Pacific Crest Trail. The five-plus-mile hike is moderate to difficult. Meet at 9 a.m.
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Friday-Saturday, June 28-29: On Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., geologist Jad D'Allura will give a talk about the geology of Hobart Bluff, at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., D'Allura will point out geological features during a morning a hike to Hobart Bluff. The group will lunch on top of the bluff, and on the return trip botanist Armand Rebischke will point out plant life along the trail. The group will meet at the Hobart Bluff trailhead on Soda Mountain Road. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more information at friendsofcsnm.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Cascade-Siskiyou-National-Monument.
Friday-Saturday, July 5-6: On Friday, Peter Schroeder will give a talk from 6 to 7 p.m. about the role of butterflies and other pollinators in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Schroeder will lead a hike to view a butterflies and other pollinators living in the monument. The group will meet at the Hobart Bluff trailhead on Soda Mountain Road. For reservations, email email@example.com. Find more information at friendsofcsnm.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Cascade-Siskiyou-National-Monument.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 29: 10K walk in Rogue River coincides with the annual Rooster Crow celebration. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Rogue River Rooster Crow Run
Saturday, June 29: A 5K and 2-mile walk begin at 8 a.m. at Beck Field in Rogue River. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Saturday, July 13: 12th annual 10K run in Jacksonville Woodlands begins at 8 a.m. Two-mile and four-mile exhibition run/walks will begin at 7 a.m., and a 100-yard fun run for kids will start at 7:30. The 10K features a staggered start for all runners, with start times based on age and sex. The event is a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department, Jacksonville Engine Company #1. For details, call race director Doug Naverson at 541-890-7240.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some club rides listed below are leisurely; others are more intense. All rides are designed and led by a ride leader. Coffee stops to socialize are included on all rides. For more information, see siskiyouvelo.org.
Every Saturday: 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. Contact Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 20 to 25 miles on slightly hilly terrain. Contact Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 12 to 18 mph over 20-plus miles with long climbs. Contact Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: Race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford and cover more than 20 miles. Contact Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819. See www.roguecycle.com.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 25 flat miles. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 16 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact John Grimbergen, 541-488-1735.
Other recurring rides
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cutoff spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 or see www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby Johns Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory, and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see http://cycleanalysis.net.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, July 3: First Wednesday bird walk at Denman Wildlife Area in White City begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of different species observed by walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. The walk coordinator is Murray Orr. Contact him at 541-857-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, July 6: Vince Zauskey will lead a bird walk in the vicinity of Mount Ashland to look for white-headed woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers and anything else that flies nearby. The group will meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland to carpool, then will head out from the parking lot at Mount Ashland to the Forest Service mini-camping area (with restrooms) just down the road. Bring a lunch, water and warm layers. The group will eat at the available picnic tables around noon before heading back to Ashland. Limited to 15 people. Call 541-482-3241 to register.
North Mountain Park
Saturday, July 13: Local birding experts will lead bird walks from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month through summer at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Binoculars will be available to rent. Admission is free. Register at www.ashland.or.us/register or by calling 541-488-6606.
Weed Whomping Wednesdays
Wednesday, July 17: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy holds half-day stewardship work parties on conserved lands in the Rogue Basin from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Treats will be provided. For details, contact Kristi at 541-482-3069 or email@example.com. On July 17, the group will work at Oredson-Todd Woods in Ashland to remove non-native blackberry and ornamental shrubs.