Schedule of guided hikes at the Table Rocks

Free guided hikes on the Table Rocks are cosponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management. Reservations are required, and hikes are limited to 20 people unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Caminata Familiar en español: Bridgette Cuffe, especialista de educación ambiental del BLM, será la guía para esa caminata naturalista familiar. Ella presentará información en español acerca de las plantas y animales silvestres además de la ecología, geología e historia cultural de los Table Rocks.

Sunday, April 6, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

K'oyóoxinik? Titanak? ka'a´l ("We are going together to Table Rock.") Amy Amoroso, natural resource director for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, will discuss the tribe's connection to Southern Oregon and the Table Rocks. Learn what their natural resources program is doing to enhance, restore and manage natural resources and tribal life-ways for future generations.

Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. at Lower Table Rock

Wildflowers Abound: Barbara Mumblo, botanist with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a wildflower hike.

Sunday, April 13, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Powerful Pollinators: Sarah "Bee Girl" Red-Laird will explain why pollination is essential for our survival. This family-friendly hike will center on the birds and the bees and their relationship with the wildflowers and trees that produce a rainbow of colors. Limited to 15 hikers.

Saturday, April 19, 9 Upper Table Rock

Layers of Time: Geologist Jad D'Allura will talk about the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features observed along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. at Lower Table Rock

For the Early Bird: Bob Quaccia, local bird expert with the Rogue Valley Audubon Society, will lead a hike to view the spring birds of the Table Rocks. He'll share identification tips and conservation information. Bring binoculars and I.D. books if you desire. Limited to 15 hikers.

Sunday, April 27, 9 a.m. at Lower Table Rock

Mighty Oaks!: Join Keith Perchemlides, field ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, to explore the diversity of oak habitats, including savannas, woodlands and shrublands. Oaks of all shapes and sizes are vital to the lives of wildlife, other plants and people.

Saturday May 3, 7 p.m. at Upper Table Rock

Eye on the Night Sky: Join Kevin Ratkovich, president of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers, on a night hike to look for Mars, Jupiter and other celestial bodies. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight and binoculars, if you have them.

Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Spring in Bloom: Celebrate National Wildflower Week with Chamise Kramer, botanist at the BLM, and explore the beautiful native flora of the Table Rocks.

Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. at Lower Table Rock

Grand Ronde Tribes, Past to Present: Join Michael Karnosh, Ceded Lands Program manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, to learn about traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. He will also discuss modern day tribal management of conservation properties and partnerships with government agencies, land trusts and other groups.

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at Lower Table Rock

Night Owls: BLM wildlife biologist Steve Godwin will listen for the sounds of the night from dusk 'til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop Trail (half-mile accessible trail). Godwin will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. A short presentation of the common owls in the area and their unique characteristics and adaptations will precede the hike. Bring flashlights and good hiking shoes.

Sunday, May 11, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Mother's Day Family Hike: A BLM environmental interpretation specialist will lead a family hike to the top of the rock. This is a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.

Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders: Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University, will lead a hike to explore the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks.

Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock

Wacky Weather: Join Alan Journet, co-facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network, for a hike and discussion of climate change projections for the Rogue Valley and the potential consequences of these on the Table Rocks and other natural and agricultural systems.

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