Jun
30
Sep 1

Summer Interpretive Ranger Programs - Free and Open to Public

Through Labor Day Weekend:
Programs are offered on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. At 10am; 2pm; and 8pm.
See the Program Schedule.

Learn about the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and its rich biodiversity. Interpretive rangers offer talks via three different experiences.

Guided walks take place in different areas of the Monument. See the program listing for the meeting location.

Junior Explorer and an evening program take place at the Day Use Area of the Hyatt Lake Campground. For the evening program: please bring your own chair.

Interpretive Rangers will also be at the information Contact Station, located next to Greensprings Inn. 

Aug
26
9:00 am09:00

HIKE & Learn: Pyrodiversity Begets Biodiversity

Register for Hike & Learn

Hike leader and ecologist, Dr. Dennis Odion will guide a visit to Grizzley Peak to explore an area that was burned in 2002. The hike will also include beautiful vistas of Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta, Pilot Rock, Mt. Ashland, and maybe even the Three Sisters. 

Hike Duration: about 4-5 hours. Length: 4.8 mile loop.

Level: Moderate. About 1000 ft of elevation change, but we will stop regularly.

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring plenty of water - it will likely be warm.
  • Bring lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Restrooms are available at the Grizzly Peak Trailhead.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:30 am in the Shop n’ Kart parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) Park at the west end, near the Oil Stop.

Sep
9
8:00 am08:00

National Public Lands Day at the Monument

Save the date! - More information to come as the date approaches.

National Public Lands Day is a yearly event held every September. People all across the country celebrate their public lands by giving back. This event is specific to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and is happening a few weeks prior to the National event date on September 30th. 

Volunteers will locate and map the natural tree clumping of previously cut areas (plantations about 40-50 years old) in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument using the existence of old stumps as a guide.  Volunteers will search out clumps of old stumps, GPS the clump, count and measure stump diameters, and try to determine tree species. This information will inform ecological restoration planners of good areas to plan natural tree clumping and spaces for maximum ecological value.

Sep
23
9:00 am09:00

HIKE & Learn: Who Lives in the Creek?

Register for Hike & Learn

Hike leaders, ecologist Chris Volpe and hydrologist Tim Montfort, will drive out and lead us to one of the restoration sites where we will get our feet wet, hiking part of Jenny Creek near the Box O Ranch Area.

Hike Duration: about 4-5 hours. Length: 2.5 mile loop.

Level: Easy to moderate. Fairly flat terrain with some off trail hiking.

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and long pants. Ticks and rattlesnakes likely.
  • Bring plenty of water - it will likely be warm.
  • Bring lunch and snacks.
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens.
  • Bring layers, this time of year can be unpredictable.

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Facilities Limited: Restrooms might be available at the Box O Parking Area.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:45 am in the Shop n’ Kart parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) Park at the west end, near the Oil Stop.

Oct
7
11:00 am11:00

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

  • North Mountain Park

This admission-free festival will feature all-ages interactive exhibits focusing on improving salmon and wildlife habitat in our region and on watershed stewardship in our own homes and yards.

Join us and volunteer at our Friends exhibit booth!
If you would like to volunteer for a 1 or 2-hour shift at the Friends exhibit booth, please email to event.cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com and indicate the time you are available. Our shifts start at 10 am and close at 4:30pm.
    Activities: Greet Festival participants, introduce the Monument to new users, and help children complete a natural history activity. 

Oct
7
11:00 am11:00

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

  • North Mountain Park Nature Center

Volunteer as an ambassador of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument! At our Friends of CSNM booth you can share your support for biodiversity and our public lands. 

At the Bear Creek Festival, his year's themeCommunities Connected by Water” encourages our community to learn about the interconnectedness of our entire watershed, from the highest peaks, through our communities, and to the lowest creeks.


Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

HIKE & Learn: Scenic Vistas of Monument Expansion

Register for Hike & Learn.

Hike leader, Dr. Michael Parker, SOU professor and biologist will guide a visit to Vulture Rock to take in some beautiful vistas overlooking many of the newly protected areas.

Hike Duration: about 4-5 hours. Length: 2-4 miles depending on number of stops.

Level: Moderate to Hard. There will be some elevation change, some easy scrambling (optional) and limited trail access.

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Limited facilities. Facilities will not be available at many of the stops on Saturday.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:30 am in the Shop n’ Kart parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) Park at the west end, near the Oil Stop.

Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn: Scenic Vistas of Monument Expansion

Register for Hike & Learn.

Hike leader, Dr. Michael Parker, will lead a discussion on what areas are included in the recent Monument Expansion, and shed some light on the importance of protecting them.
    On the Saturday field trip we will visit Vulture Rock to take in some beautiful vistas overlooking many of the newly protected areas.

Come and enjoy the talk, even if you are not going on the hike.

Jul
5
Jul 9

Comments Deadline: Review of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Its coming down to the last days to submit your comments to the Department of the Interior in support of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments and 26 other monuments. There is so much at stake in the continued conservation of our national public lands, be sure to submit your comment before July 9th. Your voice counts.

Use the comment tools on our Take Action. 

Jul
4
9:00 am09:00

July 4 - Ashland Celebration - Lithia Park

Come celebrate 4th of July and Ashland's theme: "Together we Sing."

Express your support for public lands at our Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument booth. Purchase a Made In America T-shirt and find out how you can help protect our biodiversity.

Jun
26
Jun 27

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

In the Horseshoe Wildlife Area, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
in cooperation with California Native Plant Society, KS Wild, Native Plant Society of Oregon - Siskiyou Chapter

Sign Up for this Event (One or Both Days)
Explore your Monument and contribute to science at the same time. We'll walk through beautiful oak-savannah, botanize, and learn about identifying and cataloging rare plants. All are welcome, beginners and experts alike! Aaron Sims, Rare Plant Botanist with California Native Plant Society will present on the rare plants, identification, and their history.Treasures include any rare plants that may be found, but we are targeting:  Green's Mariposa Lily and Green's Four O'clock  Read more.

  • All are welcome, beginners and experts alike! One or Both Days.
  • Carpool available from Ashland at 9am, and returning at 5pm each of the two days.
  • We will hike through grasslands and shrubs, uneven surfaces, and outside (10am-4pm).
  • Bring a day pack with supplies: sun protection, comfortable and close-toed shoes, water bottle, lunch and snacks.
  • Bring botanical ID resources, hand lenses; we will have some to spare or share!
Jun
26
9:00 am09:00

AiR: Plein-air Paint Out with Artist Darlene Southward

  • Greensprings Inn an Cabins

Register for this event.

Join Artist-in-Residence Darlene Southward, for a Plein-air Paint Out on the Monument. Meet at the BLM Contact Station by the Green Springs Inn to carpool out to a location, enjoy the monument, and paint whatever moves you. Darlene will be painting along with participants and will provide guidance and answer questions.

Participants can choose to submit photographs of their art to be included in the AiR project.

Event Duration: about 3 hours: 9am-12pm, though anyone can stay longer.

On the day of the event:

  • Come prepared to paint with all the supplies you will need
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers, as Southern Oregon weather can be unpredictable
  • You'll probably want a comfortable seat to paint from.

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

HIKE & Learn In Yreka: Northern California Wildflowers

We will hike into the Horseshoe Wildlife Management Area, part of the California. Hike leader and botanist, Sheri Hagwood, will lead a hike into the Horseshoe WMA, home to the only known population of the federaly listed Gentner's fritillary in California, though we will just be missing its bloom. The hike will follow old two-track roads and go off trail for some portions.

Hike Duration: about 4 hours. Length: 2-3 miles round trip.

Level: Moderate. Very little altitude change, some cross country hiking.

On the day of the hike:

  • Come prepared for ticks.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

There will be limited access to facilities.

Directions: To carpool from Ashland, meet at 8:00 am in the Shop n’ Kart parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Oil Stop.
Or, if you’re in the Yreka Area, we will have a designated meeting spot for 9:00am.

 

 

Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn In Yreka: Northern California Wildflowers


Register for Hike & Learn

The Friday evening talk will be in Yreka - TBA

Hike leader and botanist with the USFWS, Sheri Hagwood, will introduce us to some native wildflowers found in the California region of the Monument expansion. Sheri teach us about native trees, shrubs, and forbs that we might observe on Saturday. She will also be discussing the uses of these plants by Native Americans and early pioneers.
     On the Saturday field trip we will hike into the Horseshoe Wildlife Management Area, part of the California side of the Monument.

Come and enjoy the talk, even if you are not going on the hike.

Jun
15
2:30 pm14:30

3rd Annual Star Thistle Pull

  • Mariposa Preserve,

Sponsored by KS Wild, Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and Medford BLM. 

Join the sponsored organizations and BLM Monument staff Charles Schelz and Christine Beekman for an invasive weed pull in the Mariposa Preserve just outside of Ashland. We will continue to clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green’s Mariposa Lily and observe wildflowers growing along the way.

What to bring: Wear pants and closed-toed shoes, sun protection and bring a water bottle. We'll provide work gloves and bags, and your own work gloves are welcome.

2:30pm - Carpool from Clover Lane, Ashland. (in front of El Paraiso Restaurant)
3:00 - 6:00pm - Walk & weed pull at Mariposa Preserve
6:30 - Dinner celebration Caldera Brewery, Clover Lane

May
27
9:00 am09:00

HIKE & Learn: The Science of Sketching Clouds


Register for Hike & Learn

Hike leader and artist, Sarah F. Burns will lead a short hike south of Hobart Bluff on the Pacific Crest Trail. She will focus on capturing the character of the landscape, while practicing cloud sketching techniques. This section of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is particularly invigorating and should provide wonderful views of Hobart Bluff, Pilot Rock and the surrounding areas. Sarah will be providing sketching demonstrations and then work with participants as they create their own sketches.

Hike Duration: about 2 hours. Length: 1-2 miles round trip.

Level: Easy to Moderate. Very little altitude change, and we will take our time.

On the day of the hike:

  • Bring art supplies and your creative spirit.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Limited facilities. There are pit toilet facilities at the Hobart Bluff Trailhead.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:30 am in the Shop n’ Kart parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) Park at the west end, near the Oil Stop. Or, if you’re in the Greensprings, meet at the parking area at the Hobart Bluff trailhead. Take Highway 66 almost to the Greensprings Summit. Turn Right on Soda Mountain Road and follow the gravel road 5 miles to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet here and plenty of room for cars to park.

May
26
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn: The Science of Cloud Sketching

  • Ashland Public Library

Hike leader and artist, Sarah F. Burns, will show slides and talk about inspiring landscape paintings and sketches. On the Saturday field trip we will focus on capturing the character of the landscape, near the Hobart Bluff trailhead inside the Monument.
     Come and enjoy the talk, even if you are not going on the hike.

May
20
8:00 am08:00

BioBlitz 2017 — Herpetology

Dr. Michael Parker, SOU professor leads surveys to observe and catalog amphibians and reptiles in the Monument. BioBlitz will be limited to 50 people; aged 16 years or older. An adult must accompany children below age 16.

Register for BioBlitz 2017: Herpetology

Where: Check in 8:00-9:00am; at BioBlitz Base Camp- Pinehurst Elementary School.

What: Citizen scientists (groups of 6) and SOU herpetology student leaders will survey diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the Monument. Teams will be selected day-of based on preferences of location and terrain. 

Activity: Moderate hiking through uneven terrain which may include muddy and wet brush/meadows to record observations, take vital signs of the specimens found, record GPS coordinates, and take photographs for field identification. We will gather afterwards to compile information obtained by the teams and enjoy a slide show of findings.

What to bring: Lunch, trail snacks, water bottle, sturdy waterproof footwear, layers, sun protection.

Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

Rogue Valley Earth Day 2017

  • ScienceWorks

Rogue Valley Earth Day is a joyful, annual celebration for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting. Free Admission

Come volunteer with us at the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument booth! Meet others and learn and share about our National Conservation Lands.

 

Apr
8
3:00 pm15:00

BLM Open House at Greensprings

  • Pinehurst School

Come meet BLM Monument staff and Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Find out about the Monument expansion and summer work projects. Open to the public. Refreshments served.

Mar
25
5:30 pm17:30

Senator Jeff Merkley's Jackson County Town Hall

  • So. Medford High School Gym

Meet Senator Merkley and his staff. Thank the Senator for his efforts to expand the monument; and to defend any attempts to reduce or revoke it. Speakers will be chosen by lottery ticket numbers given out at the entrance to the meeting. View Senator Merkley's video Invite to town hall.

Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Monument Research Symposium

  • Science Hall - SOU Campus

Ecologist Charlie Sheltz (BLM)  moderates scientific research presentations conducted in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Join the Friends of Cascade-Skiskiyou National Monument as we highlight the student research projects.

Check back for an updated schedule..  

If you go:
Park on SOU Campus. SCIENCE BUILDING - Nearby Lot 27, 30, 36.
Go to any Parking Meter (e.g. circled in Lot 36). At Rate: "day pass by code"
Type in this Parking Code: BIO555   Take the print Parking Meter Pass.
Place Meter Pass in car, on dashboard. Park in any lot. 
Cars without Parking Meter Pass may be ticketed. SOU Parking is enforced 24/7.

SOU Parking Map. Science Building and nearby parking lots.

SOU Parking Map. Science Building and nearby parking lots.

Mar
6
Mar 31

Artist-in-Residency Applications Open for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management is taking applications for its inaugural artist-in-residency program at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Open to  professional visual artists, for one and two-week residencies. Two alternates will be selected. 

Applications are DUE: MARCH 31, 2017
See and download the AIR application

For more information:
Christine Beekman, BLM interpretive specialist
541-618-2320.

Feb
23
10:00 am10:00

BLM/USFS Volunteer Info & Training

  • Medford Interagency Office

Spare time on your hands? Looking for a way to give back to the community? The Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service need you!

Christine Beekman, Interpretive Specialist, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will also tell about volunteer opportunities at the Monument. Public lands examples of volunteer activities include greeting hikers along the Table Rocks’ trails, providing information to visitors in the field, monitoring for botany or wildlife, and recreation site and trail maintenance. Refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers get the opportunity to see beautiful locations, explore new lands, gain valuable skills, and meet new people.

To RSVP or request more information about the February 23rd meeting, contact Zach Million, BLM Medford District Volunteer Coordinator, at 541-618-2318 or email zmillion@blm.gov.

Feb
23
9:45 am09:45

Senator Ron Wyden - Town Hall

  • Ashland High School Gym

Come and thank the Senator for supporting the Monument expansion and to stand strong against any and all attacks on the Antiquities Act and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Arrive early, and carpool--limited parking.

Nov
29
8:00 am08:00

#Giving Tuesday

A global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. 
     Give Local--Give to Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument! 

Give to support education and conservation programs.

  • Join or renew your commitment; membership; or add an extra donation at year end!
  • Honor, remember and / or celebrate someone special. All good reasons to support the biodiversity at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Nov
17
6:30 pm18:30

Fungi Forager Fundraising Dinner

  • The Chouse

This three-course meal will consist entirely of mushroom-based menu items, some prepared in front of guests. All recipes will be shared with guests. This will be a non-alcoholic event.
     Guest of honor, mycologist Scot Loring, will share a few words on mycology and mushroom finding/dining.
    The site is Ashland’s oldest church transformed into a lovely house. The event is limited to 20 guests. 
     More Info and to register.

Nov
12
8:00 am08:00

BioBlitz 2016: Fungi!

  • Pinehurst School

Register online at Eventbrite  to participate for this FREE event.

Join fungi experts who will be leading survey teams to observe and catalog mushrooms in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Volunteer Citizen scientists (registered participants from the general public) will assist team leaders in sample collection.
     
Open to Adults and Children (ages 10+). An adult must accompany children. School and education youth-based groups are welcome to participate.
•    Activity level: Easy – Moderate hiking on trails, roads, and open fields. 
Learn more.

Try to carpool to Pinehurst School. Parking on site is limited.

Nov
1
6:00 pm18:00

Expansion: Public Hearing Klamath County Commissioners

Klamath County Commissioners hold a public hearing about the proposed expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. See more info.

CARPOOL to Klamath Falls:
ASHLAND: 3:00 p.m
. – Meet at the KS Wild office, 3185 E. Main (down the hill east of the Hwy 66/I-5 exit).  
RSVP Jeanine Moyjeanine@kswild.org

THE GREENSPRINGS: 3:30 p.m. – Meet in front of the Oregon Extension on Highway 66 at Lincoln (just past milepost 21 and just before the first mailboxes at 15097 Highway 66 between Ashland and Keno). 15-passenger van will fill with passengers first for those who do not want to drive.
RSVP Dave Willissodamtn@mind.net

Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

HIKE: Capturing Fall at The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

     This event (10.15.2016 canceled due to weather); is rescheduled for October 22, 2016.

Sign up for Hike and Learn programs on Eventbrite

Photographer David Lorenz Winston will lead a 2 1/2 mile (roundtrip) walk to Hobart Bluff on The Pacific Crest Trail. He will share visual ideas to help strengthen your way of seeing. This section of The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is particularly invigorating and should provide wonderful subject matter.
     David will not be spending time on technical aspects of specific cameras, but rather on seeing the landscape in expanded ways, so a working understanding of your camera is necessary.

Hike Duration: about 5 hours                 Length: 2 ½ miles

Level: Moderate. Slight climb to the top of Hobart Bluff, but we will take our time.

  • Bring a camera and an open imagination!

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Bring plenty of water

  • Bring lunch and snacks

  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Camera, Binoculars, Hand Lens

  • Wear sturdy shoes. 

  • Bring layers   

    Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location. Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Carpool Meet: Shop 'n Kart at 2268 Ashland St. in Ashland near Exit 14. 
     --At the west end, near the Oil Stop.

From Greensprings, meet at the parking area at the Hobart Bluff trailhead. Take Highway 66 almost to the Greensprings Summit. Turn Right on Soda Mountain Road and follow the gravel road 5 miles to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet here and plenty of room for cars to park.