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Nature Walks in Lithia Park Welcome 20,000th Participant

On Sunday, September 20, 2015, Ruth Herman of Washington, D.C. was welcomed as the 20,000th participant in the Lithia Park nature walks. By happy coincidence this day also happened to be Ruth’s 80th birthday and her first visit to Ashland!
The Lithia Park nature walks began in 1989 and were originally an outreach for the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History. When the museum closed in 1997, the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) continued the program. The walks are led by APRC volunteers who are trained naturalists. Longtime Ashlander and APRC volunteer Tom Foster has been leading and overseeing the Lithia Park nature walks since 1989, when he helped initiate the nature walk program.
The walks are approximately 1.5 hour, meandering through Lithia Park, covering such topics as: trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology, and the history of the park. The walks run from the first of May through the end of September. Learn more about the Lithia Park nature walks at
Visit the APRC home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.
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 Pictured: Ruth is sporting a cap with the new APRC logo. To her right is Park Walk Coordinator, Tom Foster, and Ruth’s granddaughters, Michelle and Sarah. To her left is Park Walk Guide, Sheryl Kutter, and Ruth’s son, Bill.


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