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

  • Willow-Witt Ranch 658 Shale City Road Ashland, OR, 97520 United States (map)

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.