Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Hike & Learn: Geology of Grizzly Peak with Geologist Jad D’Allura

Grizzly Peak, overlooking the southern end of the Bear Creek Valley, provides not only magnificent views but is admirably situated for an overview of its rich geologic history.

On Friday September 7, join hike leader and geologist Jad D’Allura for an informative talk in the Ashland Outdoor Store. Jad will delve into the geology of Grizzly Peak, discussing regional tectonics, development of landscapes, volcanic rock characteristics, and identification of ancient volcanic rocks and soils.

On Saturday morning (September 8, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm), we will hike to Grizzly Peak, tracing it’s geologic story along the way.

Registration is required to attend the Saturday hike.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:30 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 5.5 hours

Hike Length: 5.1 miles

Difficulty level: moderate

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day
  • 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 will be available at the trailhead only.

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Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

Hike & Learn HIKE: Bryophytes and Lichens of CSNM with John Villella

On Friday August 3, join hike leader and lichenologist John Villella for an informative talk in the Ashland Outdoor Store. John will introduce some of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) and lichens that make the Monument unique.

On Saturday morning (August 4, 9-2:00 pm), we will hike to Pilot Rock, identifying bryophytes and lichens along the way. The Friday presentation and the Saturday hike will be a introduction to the major groups found on rocks and trees with a focus on the unique flora of the CSNM.

Registration is required to attend the Saturday hike. Register here.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 9:00 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 4 hours

Hike Length: 2.5 miles

Difficulty level: moderate

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day
  • 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 might be available at different points along our route.

Register Here.

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Aug
3
6:30 PM18:30

Hike & Learn TALK: Bryophytes and Lichens of CSNM with John Villella

On Friday August 3, join hike leader and lichenologist John Villella for an informative talk in the Ashland Outdoor Store. John will introduce some of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) and lichens that make the Monument unique.

All are welcome, registration is not required for Talk. Due to limited space registration is required for the Hike portion on Saturday, please register here.

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Jul
21
8:30 AM08:30

Meditation and Mindfulness with Stasie Maxwell

On Saturday July 21, Stasie Maxwell, Qigong Teacher-in-Training with Transformation Arts, will lead both a stationary and a moving meditation course at Tub Springs State Wayside. Practicing and cultivating mindfulness in Nature aims at deepening the relaxation, peace, and rejuvenation we already feel simply by being or walking by a lake or through the woods. 

Participants of all ages are welcome. For children, prior meditation experience is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required to attend.

Directions: We encourage carpooling, but feel free to meet us at Tub Springs.

To carpool, meet at 8:30 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

To get to Tub Springs, head east on Green Spring Hwy (Hwy 66) out of Ashland. Travelling east, the Tub Springs Wayside will be on the left approximately 1.5 miles past the Green Springs Inn.

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Snacks and/or a light lunch
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Blanket or pad for sitting meditation

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

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Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

Wildflower Hike & Wine Tasting

On Sunday June 10, Join the Friends of Cascade Siskiyou National Monument and naturalist Jeanine Moy for a spectacular day of wildflowers and wine.

Tickets are $30 and include wine tasting, sign up here!

This two part event begins with a guided hike at Grizzly Peak, where we'll take in the blooms and learn about the diversity of wildflowers that are found within the Monument. We will observe the flora of mature mixed-conifer forest, open meadows, and post-fire burned forest. After the hike, we'll head to Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland for wine tasting and discussion. We'll learn basic wildflower identification tips and play wildflower bingo!

Directions: To carpool, meet at 10:30 am outside of Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak Street, Ashland. We will meet at the Grizzly Peak trailhead around 11:00.

After the hike, we will carpool/caravan to Belle Fiore Winery, located at 100 Belle Fiore Ln in Ashland. Wine tasting from 2pm-5pm.

Hike Duration: approx. 3 hours.

Hike Length: approx. 5 miles round trip

Difficulty level: moderate

On the day of the hike:

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


Tickets are $30 and include the wine tasting at Belle Fiore. There are only 20 spaces available for this event, so don't wait to sign up!

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

HIKE: Native People of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Hike leader and archaeologist, Jeff LaLande, will explore the seasonal uses by the different Native groups -- the Shasta and the Takelma -- who once hunted and gathered within what is now the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. 

HIKE: a part of the PCT near Pilot Rock, gazing back in time to consider how Native groups used this area.

Registration is required to attend the talk and the hike.  

Hike Duration: approx. 4 hours.

Hike Length: approx. 3 miles.

Difficulty level: moderate.

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day
  • 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 might be available at different points along our route.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 9:00 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Hike & Learn TALK: Native People of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Hike leader and archaeologist Jeff LaLande, will explore the seasonal uses by the different Native groups -- the Shasta and the Takelma -- who once hunted and gathered within what is now the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

We will hike a part of the Pacific Crest Tail near Pilot Rock, gazing back in time to consider how Native groups used this area.

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

Registration is required to attend the talk and the hike.  

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Apr
26
2:00 PM14:00

Hannon Library: Stories of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

SOU Hannon Library celebrates 65 years as a federal depository library.

The celebration features Stories of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, with presentations by Southern Oregon University professors and students, a BLM staff member and an invited historian. We will also have an art exhibit of works created during the BLM-sponsored 2017 Artist-in-Residence program in the monument. See program

A catered reception with presenters and artists will follow.
Event is free and open to the public.

Contact for more information.
Dotty Ormes
Government Information & Instruction Librarian
541-552-6850

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Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Rogue Valley Earth Day

Rogue Valley Earth Day is a joyful, annual event for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting. “Together We Make Change.” is this year's theme.

Be an ambassador for the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Share your monumental passion at community public events such as the Rogue Valley Earth Day. Sign up to Volunteer.

Rogue Valley Earth Day “Together We Make Change.”

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Apr
16
10:30 AM10:30

Conversation Project: How Do We Create Equitable Spaces Within Our Public Lands?

  • Diverstions Room, Stephenson Union, SOU campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Educator Gabe Sheoships leads a discussion about what a relationship with nature means, how we can provide inclusive and equitable spaces within our public lands and natural areas, and how we can begin to work toward healing relationships with our land. Gabe (Cayuse and Walla Walla Nations) is a biologist and education director for the Friends of Tryon Creek. He is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University.

The land and waterways of Oregon have always provided for its people and inhabitants, since time immemorial. In the last 200 years, the landscape has changed drastically. What does the past and present mean for the future of our natural lands? And for those who have been removed from these areas?  Read more.

Diversions Room in Stevenson Union
Southern Oregon University

Sponsors: SOU Honors College, Oregon Center for the Arts and Oregon Humanities

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Monument Research Symposium

Hosted by the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and supported by BLM.  Learn about recently conducted fieldwork within the Monument from both students and professional scientists. 

Student researchers include M.S. in Environmental Education Candidates Hope Braithwaite (SOU) and Suphasiri Muttamara (SOU) and geologist Alec Sweetland (UofO). Keynote research presenter will be John Alexander, PhD of Klamath Bird Observatory.

Research topics include geographic variations of Pika (Ochotona princeps) dialects in Southwestern Oregon, species distribution and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies in CSNM, geologic mapping of the Western Cascades, and bird abundance surveys.

The symposium will start promptly at 7 PM and end by 8:45 PM.  Refreshment will be served. We will also be conducting a raffle to raise funds for the Friends Research Fund, a grant program that supports student research in the Monument. 

Parking Pass Code: CSNM54           Valid only on 3/15/2018.

METER CODE DIRECTIONS FOR USE

1. At a parking meter, press any button to wake the screen up. A prompt to enter your license plate number.

2. Type in your license plate number, then press enter. (IMPORTANT: Include all letters and numbers in the correct order. Do not include spaces).

Pay rate options will appear on the screen. 

3. Select More Selections button. Scroll down the menu until you see "Day Pass by Code." Press enter to select that option.  (Keep pressing "(5) - More options" until the "Day Pass Code" appears.

4. Type in the code, then press enter

The Code is CSNM54        Valid only 3/15/18. 

5. Receipt Option: Click OKAY to print a receipt. Click CANCEL No receipt.

Your license plate is updated into the system as valid to park for the day. Failure to enter your license plate correctly may result in a parking citation. You may display the receipt on your dashboard, however you are not required to do so.

6. You can now park in any Student Commuter (Green), Faculty/Staff (Yellow), or metered (White) parking lots. Do not park in spaces that are posted with signs as timed, reserved, or service/delivery spots.

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Feb
22
1:30 PM13:30

Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall - Medford, OR

  • Medford School District Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Support the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Take a “ticket” with a number on it as you enter the meeting. If your ticket’s number is called:

      THANK Senator Wyden for his support for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, ASK him to stand strong in defending the Monument from attacks.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Friends Fundraising Dinner

  • 100 West 6th Street Ashland, OR 97520 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in our mission to support the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, established for its biodiversity.

Featuring: William Sullivan, author, 100 Best Hikes in Southern Oregon

Dinner Menu: NW Salmon, mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, Dunbar Farm green salad, Rise-up bread, Dogoba chocolate mousse dessert.

Cost: $75/person

RSVP: Contact Shannon Browne shannon@cascadesiskiyou.org

 

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Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

  • North Mountain Park Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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. 
Sign up for a 1 or 2-hour shift (10am-4:30pm) and indicate the time you are available. 
    Activities: Greet Festival participants, introduce the Monument to new users, and help children complete a natural history activity. 

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Oct
7
9:30 AM09:30

HIKE and Learn: Hiking Through History with Dr. Jeff LaLande

Dr. Jeff LaLande will show us several places in the monument that were important to emigrants along the Applegate Trail, including some areas where evidence of the trail remains visible.

Hike Duration: about 4-5 hours. Length: Short hikes into archeological areas along the Applegate Trail.
Level: Easy - Moderate. Short hikes with little elevation gain.
On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day
  • 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 may be available at different points along our route.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 9:30 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

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Sep
23
4:30 PM16:30

Klamath Bird Observatory Event

Register for the 2017 Mountain Bird Conservation Fundraiser

·      Featuring: New York Times best seller Noah Strycker, Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

·      Unveiling of Klamath Bird Observatory’s 2017 Conservation Science Stamp

·      Science and conservation in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument provides an example of how KBO’s science, when applied to decision-making, has resulted in good things for birds and the environment. Decisions informed by our science have led to further protection for species and habitats, including the imperiled Oregon Vesper Sparrow, a regional subspecies that spends its summers in the grassland habitats of the Monument.  

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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.

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Sep
10
to Sep 30

Exhibit: Monument Artists-in-Residence

For the month of September, at the Ashland Art Center (open daily, 10am-6pm): 
     Works by Darlene Southworth, Mabrie Ormes, and Matt Witt will be displayed in the Studio Artists Gallery, on the second floor.

This group show of paintings and photography by the 2017 Artists-in-Residence, at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, will open at the First Friday Art Walk on September 1, 5 to 8pm. 

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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.

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Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Witt - Artist-In-Residence, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Artist-in-Residence Matt Witt will give a photography slide presentation and talk about his work at Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. New images focus on the areas that were added to the monument in the 2017 expansion. Witt’s photography often emphasizes specific details and simplified landscapes to provide a fresh look at the wonders of nature.

 Cedars with Flowers   © Matt Witt

Cedars with Flowers   © Matt Witt

Matt has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon. 

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Aug
11
to Sep 3

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. 

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