Jun
22
to Sep 1

Guided Ranger Walks

  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Contact Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Interpretive Park Rangers for FREE guided hikes offered every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-12pm, from now through September 1st. All hikes will begin at the ranger contact station adjacent to the Green Springs Inn off of Highway 66 in the Monument. Topics and hiking locations will vary, follow us on Facebook for more details!

We ask that as a sign of respect for our rangers and fellow hikers, please leave your dogs at home.

Registration is encouraged, but not required! We will see you out on the trails!

Hike Schedule:

Saturday, August 10: “Interpreting the Web of Diversity on CSNM: The connection between geology, plants, and animals (including people!)” with Ranger Debra

Sunday, August 11: “Finding Animal Evidence” with Ranger Hannah

Saturday, August 17: "There's Life in Dead Trees: Microhabitat exploration" with Ranger Sarah N.

Sunday, August 18: “Finding Animal Evidence” with Ranger Hannah

Saturday, August 24: “What’s geology got to do with it? Exploring biodiversity and geology’s interconnections in the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument" with Ranger Sara B.

Sunday, August 25: "There's Life in Dead Trees: Microhabitat exploration" with Ranger Sarah N.

Saturday, August 31: "There's Life in Dead Trees: Microhabitat exploration" with Ranger Sarah N.

Sunday, September 1: “Interpreting the Web of Diversity on CSNM: The connection between geology, plants, and animals (including people!)” with Ranger Debra

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Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Hike & Learn TALK: Western Pond Turtle Natural History with Michael Parker

Come and meet Southern Oregon’s only native turtle, the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata)! This species has been proposed for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act and is considered a "Species of Concern" due to habitat loss, diseases and invasive species, but conservation work is currently underway to help these turtles. Through this event, you can play a part in these conservation efforts in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument! On Friday, September 6, Dr. Michael Parker, professor of biology at Southern Oregon University, will share his knowledge about this turtle’s natural history and its conservation with us. Join us at the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon for this informative talk.

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

Sign up (registration is required) for the Saturday hike.

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Sep
7
8:30 AM08:30

Hike & Learn WALK: Western Pond Turtle Natural History with Michael Parker

Get involved in science and conservation work happening in your backyard!

Join us on Saturday, September 7 as we take a trip up to Willow-Witt Ranch, a privately owned operating ranch and ecological restoration site located within the boundaries of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to learn more about the natural history of the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata). At the pond on the ranch, we will be taking on the role of scientists alongside Dr. Michael Parker, trapping turtles and collecting data, as well as making observations of basking turtles.

Registration is required to attend the Saturday field trip.

Directions: We will be meeting at 8:30 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the east end, near the Rodeway Inn. From there we will carpool to the monument.

Hike Duration: 1 mile round-trip

Hike Length: 30 minutes

Difficulty level: Easy

On the day of the hike:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day

  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Binoculars, Walking Stick, Hand Lens

  • Bring layers

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

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Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Hike & Learn TALK: Fall Birds of CSNM with Shannon Rio

Because of its incredible biodiversity, a wide spectrum of species can be seen in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument all year-round. On Friday, October 11, Shannon Rio, the Klamath Bird Observatory Board President, will discuss the behaviors, songs and calls, and identifying traits of bird species commonly found in the Fall. 

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

Sign up (registration is required) for the Saturday hike.

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Oct
12
8:30 AM08:30

Hike & Learn WALK: Fall Birds of CSNM with Shannon Rio

In our search for the Fall Birds of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Shannon Rio, the Klamath Bird Observatory Board President, will guide us ten miles through high mountain forests and meadows as we walk the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 66 to Little Hyatt Lake.  At the lake, we will stop to eat lunch and to look for water birds. Our return walk will take us along a public road back to our starting place.

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 east end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 10 miles round-trip

Hike Length: 6 hours

Difficulty level: Moderate (total elevation gain of about 350 feet over a few miles)

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

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

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

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Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Dragonfly BioBlitz

Join the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and expert leaders on August 3rd for a Dragonfly and Damselfly BioBlitz! We will be working together to survey meadows, bogs, streams, and lakes throughout the Monument, and each species that we come across will be counted and recorded. A BioBlitz is an exciting form of citizen science, where YOU get to become the scientist! Help us continue our work to map out the biodiversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Space is limited, so register today!

Where: Pinehurst Elementary School, 15337 OR-66, Ashland, OR 97520

When: All registered participants will meet at Pinehurst School at 8am. We will disperse to survey sites from there, and reconvene at Pinehurst to tally results. The event will conclude at 5pm.

What to Bring:

  • Sack lunch, snacks and enough water for the day

  • Sunscreen, hat

  • Pen or pencil to take notes/record data

  • Binoculars, hand lens (optional)

  • Butterfly net and field guides (optional)

  • Wading shoes/waders (highly encouraged)

Questions? Contact Ellie Cosgrove.

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Jul
7
8:30 AM08:30

Buck Rock Tunnel Archaeological History Tour

Join us for a guided history hike at the Buck Rock Tunnel on Sunday, July 7! Southern Oregon University’s Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project archaeology field school is investigating Buck Rock Tunnel, the original Oregon and California Railroad route through the Siskiyou mountains. The tunnel and surrounding railroad grade were under construction between 1883-1884 by Chinese railroad workers. The project is a collaboration between the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) and the BLM, and is part of the larger multi-agency research project that is investing Chinese immigrant sites from across the state.

You can join in on the discovery by attending a guided history hike to the site, which will feature artifacts and updates on the project findings, historical maps, and information about the history of the Buck Rock Tunnel in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Tours will be held at 8:30 AM9:30AM, and 10:30 AM. Each tour is limited to 18 people and registration is mandatory. Register here!

Directions: Tour groups will meet and carpool from the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the east end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 3.2 miles round-trip

Hike Length: approximately 2.5 hours

Difficulty Level: Moderately strenuous (560' in elevation gain over the course of 1.6 miles uphill, hiking fitness and experience strongly recommended)

On the day of the hike:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Bring snacks and enough water for the day

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

  • Bring layers

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

For more information about the tours, send inquiries to Ellie Thompson, ellie@cascadesiskiyou.org

There will also be a free public lecture about the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project on July 3rd at 6:30 in the SOU Hannon Library Meese room. Find out more about this talk and activities happening across the state here.


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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Hike & Learn WALK: Butterflies of CSNM with Ranger Kristi

On Saturday, July 6th from 10am-3pm, join CSNM Interpretive Park Ranger, Kristi Reynolds, for a casual exploration, enjoying and identifying butterflies in meadows, hilltops and forests along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Monument. This event is appropriate for all ages (children accompanied by adults). Bring snacks and a lunch, plenty of water and your curiosity. Cameras, ID books and nets are welcome.

Registration is required for the Saturday excursion.

Supplies Provided: Some nets, some ID books, CSNM butterfly brochures/checklists.

Directions: We will meet at 10am to carpool from the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the east end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Difficulty Level: Easy

On the day of the excursion:

  • Be sure to bring your curiosity

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Bring lunch, snacks and enough water for the day

  • Additional items: Hat, sunscreen, ID books, butterfly net, camera

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

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

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Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Hike & Learn TALK: Butterflies of CSNM with Ranger Kristi

Beautiful, enchanting, flitting from one spot to the next – butterflies have been described as flying jewels and self-propelled flowers. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a hot spot for these fascinating insects. On Friday, July 5, Kristi Reynolds, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Interpretive Park Ranger, will give a family-friendly evening talk at the Geos Institute in Ashland, introducing us to the butterflies of the Monument!

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

Sign up (registration is required) for the Saturday excursion.

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Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

Cascade-Siskiyou Butterfly Monitoring Network Training

The Cascade-Siskiyou Butterfly Monitoring Network is a newly established long-term monitoring program that monitors butterfly populations in the Cascade-Siskiyou bioregion of southwest Oregon and Northern California. The program brings together researchers, land managers, and community scientists to collect data that will inform local conservation efforts and help program managers evaluate long-term population trends and map out regional butterfly distributions.

This half-day workshop will be led by biologists with the Xerces Society and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Classroom topics will include general information on the conservation status of butterflies in Southern Oregon, as well as an overview of our project's goals for 2019. Participants will be trained in a standardized monitoring protocol and will learn how to collect and submit data for the monitoring program. We will spend the latter part of the morning practicing the protocol and butterfly identification at a nearby field site.

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda and more information about the course.

Course Information: Lunch will not be provided; please bring a bagged lunch to the course.

Online Registration: There is no cost for the workshop. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Click here to register for the course. 

Registration Contact:

Lauren Richey, The Xerces Society

(503) 232-6639, Ext. 123

lauren.richey@xerces.org

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Jun
17
4:30 PM16:30

5th Annual Weed Pull at the Mariposa Preserve

Join KS Wild, Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and monument staff 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 (Calochortus greenei) and observe wildflowers blooming along the way.

Walk and weed pull 5:00pm-7:30pm,  Option to gather for dinner at 7:30pm at a restaurant near the carpool location.

Sign up for carpool information, what to bring, and more details!

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Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

2018 CSNM Artist In Residence Exhibition

On Friday June 7, the monument's 2018 Artists in Residence will have an exhibition of their work on display at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland.

Jeanine Moy will be highlighting more than 5 pieces of her landscape watercolors of the Hobart Bluff area of the monument.

Kim Faucher, a local Medford watercolorist, will have on display more than 7 of her watercolor pieces.

Singer/songwriter Dave Atkinson, from Chico CA, will have the music he created during his residency playing during the exhibition.

Come out and meet your monument's artists!

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Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Hike Series: Flowers Need Fire

KS Wild, Friends of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon team up on this series of hikes chasing the wildflowers through the elevations in our backyard monument. Join us for one hike, or all three and discover the secret treasures blooming at all around us. Starting in the lowest elevations the hike series will be determined by what is blooming at the time of these dates:

Carpools from Ashland will be available. Sign up for more details.

June 1 – 9am – 2:00PM

Flowers need Fire

Botanist Kaitlyn Detweiler of The Siskiyou Chapter of the Oregon Native Plant Society will lead a moderately easy hike near the Greensprings to glimpse some of the wonderful flower species in the area. Kaitlyn will be exploring the relationship between fire and flowers. The exact location of the hike will be determined based on weather, and where the flowers are blooming. Sign-up to get location and Ashland Carpool information.

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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Meditation & Mindfulness in the Monument

On Saturday May 25th, Stasie Maxwell, will lead both a stationary and moving meditation (Qigong) set in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Stasie is a long-time Qigong practitioner, current Qigong Instructor and is currently co-facilitating a Psychology of Meditation course at SOU with Dr. Paul Condon. The object of this event looks at practicing and cultivating mindfulness in Nature to deepen the relaxation, peace and rejuvenation we already feel simply by being or walking through the woods.

Participants of all ages are welcome. For children, prior meditation experience is encouraged, but not required. If you choose to bring your child, please be prepared to monitor their behavior in relation to the intent of this meditation event. Registration is required to attend.

Directions: We will be meeting at 10:00 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn. From there we will carpool to the Monument.

What to bring:

  • Water

  • Sack lunch

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Sun hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Blanket or pad for sitting meditation

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May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Hike Series: Bees & Blossoms Walk

KS Wild, Friends of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon team up on this series of hikes chasing the wildflowers through the elevations in our backyard monument. Join us for one hike, or all three and discover the secret treasures blooming at all around us. Starting in the lowest elevations the hike series will be determined by what is blooming at the time of these dates:

Carpools from Ashland will be available. Sign up for more details.

May 4 – 9am – 2:00 PM

Bees and Blossoms

Join us for a moderately easy hike within the Cascade Siskiyou Monument to identify some prime pollinator species. Brian Dykstra of the Native Bee Society will explore the world of bees and their relationship to wildflowers. The exact location of the hike will  determined based on weather and where the flowers are blooming. Sign-up to get location and Ashland Carpool information.

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Bees and Blossoms Talk

Spend the evening with the Friends of Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, KS Wild, the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and Brian Dykstra of the Native Bee Society to learn about the Value of Native Bee Diversity! All are welcome to come and enjoy the talk, hope to see you there! Sign up for more details.

Location: Geos Institute at 84 4th St, Ashland, OR 97520

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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Rogue Valley Earth Day

Head on over to Science Works on Saturday April 20th, from 11-4 to check out the Earth Day festivities!

We are excited to be tabling at the Rogue Valley Earth Day once again. Stop by our booth for Jr. Ranger activities, maps, and updated information about Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

If you are interested in volunteering to help staff the booth during the event, please reach out!

More information.

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Hike Series: More than Morels

KS Wild, Friends of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon team up on this series of hikes chasing the wildflowers through the elevations in our backyard monument. Join us for one hike, or all three and discover the secret treasures blooming at all around us. Starting in the lowest elevations the hike series will be determined by what is blooming at the time of these dates:

Carpools from Ashland will be available. Sign up for more details.

April 6th - 9am - 2pm

More Than Morels

Mycology expert and founder of Zoom Mycology, Bashira Muhammad will lead the first hike in our Spring Buzz and Bloom series. Searching for the elusive morel has grown increasingly popular in Southern Oregon in recent years, but don’t overlook the many other mycological treasures hidden throughout our region.  Bashira will lead participants through the Monument on a search to identify a myriad of native mycelium. The location of the hike will be determined based of weather conditions and where the mushrooms are blooming. Sign-up to get up-to-date information on carpool and hike locations.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Monument Research Symposium

Join us on Thursday, March 14, 7-9PM at the SOU Science Auditorium for the annual Monument Research Symposium hosted by Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Come learn about recently conducted fieldwork within the Monument from both students and professional scientists. Attendees can park on the street around the Science Auditorium, or pay for parking in the SOU lots. Please note the closest pay meter is located on Mountain Street, down the hill from the auditorium.

We will be conducting a raffle to raise funds for the Friends Research Fund, a grant program that supports student research in the Monument. Refreshment will be served. We hope to see you there!

Schedule

7:00-7:10: Welcome & Introduction by Ellie Thompson, Board Member, Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and Charlie Schelz, BLM Ecologist

7:10-7:30: Student Researcher: Dylan Carlini (U of O), Faculty Advisor: Jad D’Allura. Geology of the Western and High Cascades

7:35-7:55: Student Research: Emily Lind (SOU), Faculty Advisor: Stewart Janes. Morphology and vocalizations of the Oregon Vesper Sparrow subspecies

8:00-8:20: Student Researchers: Neil Clayton & Alec Bayarsky (SOU), Advisor: Jamie Trammell. Describing American Pika (Ochotona princeps) distribution in the CSNM

8:25-8:45: Keynote Researcher: John Villella (Siskiyou BioSurvey). Lichen communities of white oak in the Klamath-Siskiyou region

8:45-8:50: New Discoveries in the Monument by Ellie Thompson, Board Member, FCSNM

8:50-9:00: Closing Remarks & Raffle Drawing

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Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Wildlife Walk

Join us February 23rd from 9am-2pm for a Winter Wildlife Walk led by Jeanine Moy.

Enjoy the serenity of the snow, and learn about the hidden worlds of winter in the Cascade hills. We'll explore the wildlife habitat of mixed conifer forest, and upland meadows on the north side of the Monument, the Dead Indian Plateau. To become more familiar with the local winter ecology, our hike will focus on mammal and bird tracking, making habitat observations, and reading the wider landscape for clues of the land-use history.

Hike leader: Jeanine Moy, Vesper Meadow Restoration and Education Program

Hike Location: Meeting at Buck Prairie II at 9:30AM, and walking to Vesper Meadow, approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven ground, off-trail, and very possibly through snow.
Carpool: Self-organized carpool available from the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 9am, returning around 2pm.

Please wear appropriate waterproof layers, gloves, boots, and bring a day-pack with water and lunch. Some refreshments will be provided. Field guides and camera encouraged!

RSVP here! Please provide phone and email, we will contact you the day before the event to confirm snow conditions so that participants may choose to bring snowshoes. Snowshoes are available to rent at Get n Gear and Mountain Provisions in Ashland.

RSVP at eventbrite.com

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Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Monument Public Lands Day

Join the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as we celebrate National Public Lands Day 2018!

This year, we will work together to reconstruct a livestock fence around Shoat Springs. The original fence was destroyed in the Oregon Gulch Fire in 2014. Our efforts to repair this barrier will support healthy riparian habitat both at the Springs and downstream. These riparian areas will then go on to provide habitat for a diverse array of mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, and more.

RSVP to reserve your place at this event. Lunch is included for all registered participants.

This event will involve challenging physical labor. Please come prepared. We will be working rain or shine!

The BLM will provide all tools and materials needed for this project. Participants need only bring the following:

  • water

  • snacks

  • sturdy work gloves

  • comfortable, protective clothing

  • a passion for public lands!

REGISTER HERE - you must register to receive a free lunch!

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Hike & Learn HIKE: Great Gray Owls in CSNM with Harry Fuller

Sign up (registration is required) to attend the Saturday hike.

The Saturday field trip will take us to Soda Mountain and to Little Hyatt Lake. Preview the hike with Friday night TALK by Harry Fuller.

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 miles

Hike Length: 4 hours

Difficulty level: Easy

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 of clothing, for changing weather

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

  • Practice hike ethics and leave no trace.

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Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Hike & Learn TALK: Great Gray Owls in CSNM with Harry Fuller

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument contains one of the largest known populations of Great Grey Owls in the United States. On Friday October 12, Birder and Author, Harry Fuller, will discuss this charismatic bird which breeds in the Oregon portion of the Monument, some of the other birds that share its habitat, and the effects of climate change.

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

Sign up (registration is required) for the Saturday hike.

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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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