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
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.

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

Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn In Yreka: Northern California Wildflowers

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
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.

 

 

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
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.

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
9:00 am09:00

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. Work includes pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. The work helps ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy! 

This event is specific to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and is happening a few weeks prior to the National event date on September 30th. 

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. 


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.

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn: Capturing Fall at The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

  • Ashland Public Library

Sign up for Hike and Learn programs on Eventbrite

Photographer David Lorenz Winston presents a pre-hike talk and slide show on photography and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  More about David Lorenz Winston.
      On Saturday morning (10/15), David will lead a 2 1/2 mile (roundtrip) walk to Hobart Bluff on The Pacific Crest Trail.

Oct
14
2:00 pm14:00

Public Hearing: Expansion for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

  • Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, SOU Campus

Oregon’s US Senator Jeff Merkley and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor are coming to Ashland to hear first-hand why we support a science-based expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  During the public hearing, there will be an opportunity to share your opinion about expansion.  Where to park, meeting details and more

Oct
1
11:00 am11:00

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

  • North Mountain Park

12th anniversary with theme Stewardship Flows Downhill.  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.
    Duties include greeting Festival participants, introducing the Monument to new users, and helping children complete a natural history activity. 

Before or after your shift at the Friends booth, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as fly and spin-casting, exploring Bear Creek, listening to Native American drumming, a salmon story tent and a spiral labyrinth. Live music and Sultan's Delight food cart will round out the day!

 

 

Sep
24
9:00 am09:00

National Public Lands Day

Register at Eventbrite to volunteer for National Public Lands Day.

      Celebrate our 16th anniversary and volunteer for our service project. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy.
     Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument giving back to your community. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy!
      Some of the projects include: Cement and install a Visitor register box at the PCT trail; paint and install boards for picnic tables; pick up trash in the campground; replace fire rings; and other tasks. 
 
Meet at the Hyatt Lake Campground--Mountain View Shelter. 
     Lunch provided by Greenleaf Restaurant, Ashland.

To carpool: Meet at the Shop'n Kart parking lot in Ashland at 8:30am.

 

 

Sep
17
8:15 am08:15

HIKE: Writing Wild: Exploring Our Nature in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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   Writing Wild with Pepper Trail.

Pepper will lead a Hike and Learn focused on writing poetry and prose in the Soda Mountain area of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. We will hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, traversing several of the Monument’s distinctive ecosystems, with extended stops to provide opportunities for contemplation and writing. At several stops, Pepper will read poems from Cascade-Siskiyou written at those specific sites.

Hike Duration: about 6 hours                 Length: approximately 4 miles total
Level: Moderate. Slight climb to the top of Hobart Bluff, but we will take our time.

On the day of the hike:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Camera, Binoculars, Hand Lens, your favored writing materials!
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Any protective clothing
  • 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 PCT/Soda Mountain Road parking area.
Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:15 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 Hwy 66/Soda Mountain Road junction at 9:00am. The hike should be done by 3:00 pm.

Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn: Writing Wild: Exploring Our Nature in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

  • Ashland Public Library

Register for this Hike and Learn at Eventbrite
     Naturalist and writer Pepper Trail has been active in protecting and exploring the wild country of the Cascade-Siskiyou since before the monument was created. His collection of poems written in the monument, Cascade-Siskiyou, was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.

Aug
13
8:15 am08:15

HIKE: Exploring Place Through Nature Journaling and Field Sketching

Exploring Place Through Nature Journaling and Field Sketching with Mary Silva and Katie Boehnlein.

Sign up for Hike and Learn programs on Eventbrite! Registration is required!

The hike will begin at the Pilot Rock trailhead off of Pilot Rock Road 40-2E-33. From here, we will explore the PCT and Lone Pilot Trail, stopping at opportune moments to respond to writing and drawing prompts. This hike is an out-and-back, with an option to climb to the base of Pilot Rock on the way back. The trail up to Pilot Rock is fairly steep, so it will be an optional spur.

Hike Duration: 4-5 hours                     Length: approximately 3 miles with optional additions
Level: Moderate

On the day of the hike:

  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Lunch and snacks.
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Camera, Binoculars, Hand Lens, Checklist.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Any protective clothing.
  • 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 Pilot Rock trailhead.
Directions: To carpool, meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Shop’n Kart parking lot in Ashland. Otherwise, meet at the Pilot Rock trailhead at 9:00 am. From I-5 South, take Exit 6 for Mt. Ashland. Follow Old Highway 99, which parallels the freeway. Beyond the Siskiyou summit, turn left onto Pilot Rock Road 40-2E-33. Drive two miles, staying right. The parking lot is visible on the right side of the road. There is a pit toilet here and plenty of parking!

 

Aug
12
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike and Learn: Exploring Place Through Nature Journaling & Field Sketching

  • Ashland Public Library

Sign up for Hike and Learn programs on Eventbrite! Registration is required.

Join artists and writers Mary Silva and Katie Boehnlein. 
The human connection to nature runs deep. Katie and Mary will lead a hike on the Lone Pilot Trail in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, inspiring participants to foster this connection as well as discover their own creative voice. Katie and Mary come with years of writing, environmental education, and travel journal experience, and are looking forward to capturing the beauty of the monument on this hike with you!
     On Friday evening (8/12) participants will be introduced to various journaling styles and tools that can be used while traveling or hiking. They will also have time to create their own simple journal and practice watercolor techniques that will be used in the field.

Jul
23
8:15 am08:15

HIKE: Beavers and Watersheds

Beavers and Watersheds with biologist Michael Parker. 
This HIKE IS FULL & CLOSED.

See the remaining programs for this season:
Sign up for Hike and Learn programs on
Eventbrite

Meet at 9:00 am at Tub Springs Wayside, 1.5 miles past Greensprings Inn on Hwy 66. To carpool, meet at 8:15 am, in the Shop n’ Kart Parking lot. (directions below). The hike should be done by 2:00 pm

Hike Duration: 4-5 hours.                 Length: < 3 miles

Level: Easy. We will carpool to a variety of sites and hike relatively short distances at each site. We will not be hiking on established trails and may encounter dense vegetation and uneven ground, but no significant elevation gain or loss. We might even get our feet wet.  

On the day of the hike:

  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Lunch and snacks.
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Camera, Binoculars, Hand Lens, Checklist.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Any protective clothing.

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

Limited facilities. The only public toilet facilities are located at the Hyatt Lake campground and the Tub Springs Wayside. There are no washroom facilities or pit toilets.

Directions: Shop 'n Kart is located at 2268 Ashland St. in Ashland near Exit 14. Tub Springs Wayside parking lot is reached by leaving Ashland at I-5 Exit 14 to Highway 66 (Greensprings Highway). The wayside is located 1.5 miles past The Greensprings Inn, over Siskiyou Pass. 


   

Jul
22
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike & Learn: Beavers and Watersheds

  • Ashland Public Library

   

    The Hike with Michael Parker is FULL and CLOSED to registrations. See the Hike and Learn offerings for this season and sign up on Eventbrite

Dr. Parker's LEARN talk is Open. (evening lecture at the Ashland Library)
     Direct emails and questions to event.cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

Michael Parker will lead an ecological Hike and Learn to explore the world of the ultimate ecosystem engineer, the American Beaver, and its importance to watersheds in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
     Beaver populations were decimated throughout the region during the fur-trapping heyday of the 1800s, including misguided efforts by the Hudson Bay Company to eradicate beavers to discourage settlement of the west. Beaver abundance has increased since the fur-trapping era and beavers are now moving back into watersheds of the CSNM.
     We will visit sites within the upper Jenny Creek watershed to observe beaver activity and the habitats they create.

Jun
11
8:15 am08:15

HIKE: Conifer Species in the CSNM

  • United States

Conifer Species in the CSNM - Taxonomy, Key Identification Characteristics and their Ecological Role with Doug Kendig

Douglas Kendig will lead a hike-and-learn focused on conifer species identification along the Chinquapin Mt Road and Beaver Cr Rd ending at Willow Cr Rd at the southern base of Howard Prairie. The tour will traverse various conifer communities common in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument composed of differing species composition and age.
     The trip will pass through southern Cascade forest communities comprised primarily of White fir, mixed Douglas-fir and white fir, and mixed conifer stands with additional species of sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar, and even an old wester juniper island.          The route will pass through various conifer stands of differing age classes to compare and contrast individual morphological differences within and between conifer species. We will note taxonomic differences of each conifer species to recognize key characteristics at different life stages from close up and from a distance. We will also discuss the physiographical and biological context and value of each individual conifer species and the contribution to the broader scale forest community.

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 See On the Day of the Hike--what to bring, Leave No Trace, etc.

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Jun
10
6:00 pm18:00

TALK Hike and Learn: Conifer Species in the Monument

  • Ashland Public Library

Conifer Species in the CSNM - Taxonomy, Key Identification Characteristics and their Ecological Role with Doug Kendig. 

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