Rogue River Preserve Wild Flowers April, 17 ’16

Rogue River Preserve Botany Walk

Follow my favorite local botanist Kristi Mergenthaler to explore vernal pools, oak woodlands, chaparral and magnificent floodplain forest of the Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point and Upper Table Rock. Just 35 minutes north from the Chanticleer Inn, makes for an easy day morning/afternoon hike. Afterwards, while in the neighborhood, one can do some wine tasting or cheese/chocolate tasting in Central Point.

In the class/hike, Kristi will acquaint you with the language of botany while looking at the native plants that live on the Rogue River Preserve — a 353-acre valley floor property, including the rare White Fairypoppy, Winged-water Starwort, and White-flowered Navarretia.

We’re also likely to see Lewis’s and Acorn Woodpeckers. Part of the class fees will be donated towards the acquisition of this beautiful place for conservation by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen!

Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen!

Instructor: Kristi Mergenthaler
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Location: Meet at the Dollar Tree store in White City, 7338 Hwy. 62
Tuition: $55
Go Siskiyou Field Institute’s website for information

About the Rogue River Preserve

Located along the banks of the Rogue river in Jackson County, Oregon, the historic Rogue River Preserve is an oasis of land and water that has been in the same family for over 70 years. The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is currently working with the MacAuthor family to buy the property and thus ensure its protection for generations to come. The 352 acre property hosts diverse and rich habitats (many are endemic and endangered), oak savanna, vernal pools, meadows, oak-pine woodlands and chaparral, along 1.5 miles of riverbank. Additionally the property is the second largest riparian gallery forest on the Rogue River upstream of Galice. No wonder hundreds of species call this land home! Its permanent protection will ensure that the extraordinary scenic, wildlife, recreation and habitat values will continue to be a community resource far into the future.

Rogue River Preserve vicinity map

Vicinity of Rogue River Preserve in Jackson County Oregon

About Siskiyou Field Institute

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement.
SFI provides the means for the region’s leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs.
The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!


Siskiyou Center: Learn more

Siskiyou Center: Shakespeare, Women and Song

Siskiyou Center

Miles Fletcher and Robin Goodrin Nordli in “Into The Woods” (photo by T. Charles Erickson)

If you want an immersive program to learn more about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring plays and meet those who actually make it happen, check out Siskiyou Center’s program April 19-24.

Theatre Instructor: Barzin Akhavan

Topics that will be covered:

  • What’s the connection between Shakespeare and modern musical theater and how they overlap?
  • Find out how a musical theater performer uses a score with language, not notes, to tell a story.  Learn how an actor uses the musicality of Shakespeare’s words to make the language clear for the audience.
  • Discover some of the unconventional female characters who are on stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, and how they contribute to the overall production.
  • Delve into the world premiere production of the absorbing tale of Fingersmith, aptly described by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as “a wild ride of a Victorian crime thriller!”

Siskiyou Center Program includes pre- and post-show discussions with an Oregon Shakespeare Festival professional artist who will introduce characters and background information for each performance, and provide guest instructors to help you get the most out of your theater experience.

Daily Schedule

Click HERE to see a day-by-day schedule complete with class times, meals, and theater performances.

Program Fee Includes:

  • Tickets to 3 performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Ticket to 1 performance at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
  • 13 lectures/discussions with theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars
  • 13 meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners—2 dinners “on your own”)
  • Final dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Ashland


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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights

Festival Noons

Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance

From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
  • Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
  • Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.

For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule.  August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!

Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6-17).


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Nordic Ski Weekend at Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend

Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Club is hosting its “annual” ski weekend at Mt. Shasta.

Save the weekend of January 11-13, 2013. Edgar & Karen are planning the somewhat annual Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend with details to come.

The traditional Mt. Shasta weekend can be a full 3-day outing or a one-day event. Your choice, with the big “wine and cheese” after ski gathering and dinner on Saturday January 12th.

While past Mt. Shasta events have been postponed or canceled because of too much snow, or too little snow, we are planning, or at least wishing, for a Mama Bear amount of snow this season.

Check with Edgar & Karen Hee  541 734-4872, for information and details.

Nordic Ski Holiday Party, Dec 22

Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Holiday Party!

December 22nd, 10AM, at Lake of the Woods
Bring your skis or snowshoes; and come ready to play! All levels welcome.
Meet at Lake of the Woods Resort Marina at 10:00 a.m.

  • Beginner lesson by Michael Dawkins
  • Novice ski outing by Stefanie Ferrara
  • Snowshoe outing by Marian Crumme
  • Intermediate outing by Ron Gardner

After a day of skiing, meet up at the Marina between 2:00-3:00 p.m. The club will provide the pizza’s from the Marina grill. Fresh baked cookies from home would be welcome.

There will be a ski related/white elephant gift exchange if you want to participate. This event is hosted by Stefanie and she can be reached at 541-890-2979.

Carpool options from Ashland and Medford, details to follow. The Grants Pass Nordic Club will be joining us.

Southern Oregon Nordic Skiing Club Meeting

Southern Oregon Nordic Club (SONC) Meeting

7:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2012

Location D&S Harley Davidson, Phoenix

Presentation on Physical Preparation for Ski Season

Be sure to mark your calendar for So OR Nordic skiing club’s second meeting of the season. The program highlight will be Mary Ellen of Jackson County Physical Therapy who will share the best ways to get in shape for the season, and the best stretches to take care of our muscles after a tour.

Also on the agenda is a short presentation for beginners who will be participating in SONC lessons: a who, where, when, what, and how to be ready.

In addition, board member Marian Crumme will review the responsibilities of outing participants. Stay tuned as well for other important announcements , AND a dry land lesson from Michael Dawkins.

And no meeting is complete without refreshments – we’ll have plenty – and a RAFFLE with extra- nice prizes for the season (hint: wouldn’t you love to have a steaming hot beverage during a cold ski tour?).


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Bird Taxonomy and Diversity Class

Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.

“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”

Birding Klamath

Audubon's Warbler photo by David Hodkinson

Dates: June 23rd and 24th, 2012, Tuition: $100

Location: Ashland, OR

Instructor: Pepper Trail

Description: Hone your identification skills and explore the relationships among groups of birds in this lab and field course. On Saturday, join Pepper Trail, Ph.D., for a day in the lab at SOU, where you’ll refresh your taxonomic know-how, look at identifying characteristics, and discuss their ecological significance.

On Sunday, the class will travel to the Klamath Basin, one of the richest birding sites in Oregon, to practice identifying species in the field.

Pepper Trail, PhD has studied bird behavior and conservation around the world with the support of the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other groups. He works as the ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland.
For more information go the Siskiyou Field Institute’s website.


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Siskiyou Field Institute: Ecological Restoration, 5/12/12

Date: May 12th, 2012

Location: TBA  Instructor: Luke Ruediger  Tuition: $50
Naturalist Certificate

Description: If you’ve read about local ecological restoration projects and wondered how they actually work, you’ll want to take this class. Students will visit a forest restoration site in the Upper Applegate Valley, where forests have been thinned to increase health and resilience; and then visit a prescribed burn on National Forest lands. While onsite, class discussions will cover topics including fire ecology, forest restoration, indigenous land management, land stewardship, historical ecology, and forest ecology.

For more information on this Siskiyou Field Institute class, click here


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Siskiyou Field Institute: A Trip Back in Time at the Oregon Caves, 5/20/12

Date: May 20th, 2012
Location: Oregon Caves National Monument
Instructor: Lee Webb and OCNM staff
Tuition: $40
Description: In 1912, 23-year old Adah Morrison visited the Oregon Caves and took some photos of her visit. A digital collection of Adah’s photos of the Illinois Valley – including photos taken at the Oregon Caves – were donated to the Kerbyville Museum in 2011. In this class, you’ll view some those photos, introduced by Adah herself (Oregon Caves tour guide Terah Van Duesen), and then join Adah, and fellow Oregon Caves celebrity Elijah Davidson on a historic candlelight tour of the Caves.
For more information click here


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Siskiyou Field Institute: Botanizing the Klamath River Canyon, 5/18 thru 5/20/12

Dates: May 18th– 20th, 2012 Location: Orleans, CA

Camas Lily

Instructor: Wendell Wood  Tuition: $250

Kids aged 15+, Meals and/or Lodging Included

Description: Explore the botanical diversity of the Klamath River canyon while staying at the lovely Sandy Bar Ranch, in Orleans, CA. This course will provide outdoor workshops in plant identification, as students hike and explore the different habitats found in the canyon. Additional evening programs will discuss plant identification techniques, the natural history of many local plant species, and ethno-botany. Class tuition covers lodging and some meals. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to register early!

For more information about this Siskiyou Field Institute class…


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