CONTACT Volunteer Coordinator Lori Ainsworth by email or call 541.552.2264/office and 541.499.8798/text Earn school community service hours volunteering with Ashland Parks & Recreation!
Bike Swap, April 13 & 14 Ages 12 & up Volunteers needed to help with set-up, day of event, and take down on Friday, April 13 (4p-7p) and Saturday, April 14 (various shifts available 8am-4pm). Sign up now to reserve your place, earn community service hours and get first chance at bikes for sale.
Ashland World Music Festival, May 19 Ages 14 & up Volunteers needed for the Ashland World Music Festival, a free musical event held at the Lithia Park Bandshell on Saturday, May 19 from noon-6pm. Various shifts available 10am through 7pm. Spend the day listening to great music and earn community service hours at the same time!
Summer Youth Conservation Corps Incoming 8th-12th graders Earn 25 community service hours in four days during our summer Youth Conservation Corps. You will be working on Ashland trails, in parks and along creeks. Session 1: June 11-14 Session 2: June 25-28 Session 3: July 9-12 Apply online.
Park Clean-ups Middle & High School Students Earn school community service hours removing invasive species and helping keep our parks herbicide free. Sign up to be notified of Saturday morning clean-ups. Gloves, tools, snacks provided. Clean-ups are two hours long.
Student and Senior Projects We have ideas to help you complete a middle school or high school student project at our Nature Center or in our Parks.
Registration is NOT required Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with expert birders. Program takes place alternate Saturdays November-March. Pre-registration is not required for this free program. Call the Nature Center for more information at 541-488-6606. No experience necessary WHO: This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders under the covered pavilion. WHAT: The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch project, a nationwide citizen-science bird-monitoring effort. INSTRUCTOR: Led by local Volunteer Birders. AGES 9 & up DAY Alternate Saturdays DATE Jan 6 & 20 | Feb 3 & 17 | Mar 3 & 17 TIME 9-10am PLACE NMP Nature Center COST FREE
Creative Dance and Movement – An Adapted Program REGISTER by calling APRC at 541.488.5340. A fun, creative dance and movement class! Learn basic rhythms, feel the beats, learn new skills and explore different dance styles! Classes include warm-ups, movement games, dance techniques and stretching. APRC Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. AGES 12 & up (younger with approval) DAY Wednesday DATE Session 1: Jan 10-Feb 7 Session 2: Feb 21-Mar 21 Session 3: Apr 11-May 9 TIME 5-6pm PLACE The Grove COST $35 (5 classes)
Friday Night Social – An Adapted Program
REGISTER by calling APRC at 541.488.5340. Join us every month for an evening of laid-back fun with games, movies, snacks and crafts! This is a chance for a bit of parent or caregiver respite. All participants should be able to cooperate in a group environment. If 1:1 assistance is needed, participant must bring their own attendant (no extra charge). Gluten-free food choices available.APRC Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. AGES 15 & up (younger with approval) DAY Friday DATES Feb 9 | Mar 16 | April TBD | May 18 TIME 6-8:30pm PLACE Ashland Senior Center: 1699 Homes Avenue COST $10/night
Winter Bird Walk REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606.
Stroll through North Mountain Park to view feathered fauna with birding expert Vince Zauskey. The leafless winter season offers birders a great opportunity to see the birds that spend the winter in our valley, such as White-crowned, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows. Participants may also see Hermit & Varied Thrush, Audubon’s Warbles, flocks of Pine Siskin and accipters such as Sharp Shinned and Coopers Hawk as well as a Merlin regularly seen each winter around North Mountain Park. The class will also try to ID birds by call. Binoculars and field guides will be available for check-out.
AGES All ages welcome
DATE January 13
PLACE North Mountain Park
INSTRUCTOR Vince Zauskey is a Rogue Valley Audubon member, North Mountain Park volunteer and birding expert.
Arts And Crafts Day – An Adapted Program REGISTER by calling APRC at 541.488.5340. A day of fun craft projects and creative artwork to take home and share with friends and family! All supplies are included. APRC Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. AGES 12 & up (younger with approval) DAY Sunday DATE Jan 21 | Feb 18 | Mar 25 | Apr 29 | May 27 TIME 1-4pm PLACE The Grove COST $15/day
Group Bowling – An Adapted Program REGISTER by calling APRC at 541.488.5340. Join your friends at Roxy Ann Lanes for a Sunday evening of bowling, playing in the arcade or just hanging out! Price includes the cost of two games and shoes. Please bring extra money to purchase food (or bring your own food) and funds for the arcade. Pre-register early! Transport space is limited. Sign-up is first come, first served. Waiting list available. APRC Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. AGES 14 & up (younger with approval) DAY Sunday DATE Feb 25 | Mar 11 | Apr TBD | May 6 TIME 5-8pm (Meet at The Grove by 5pm and return by 8pm) PLACE Roxy Ann Lanes in Medford COST $15/day
Lawn Gone! Beyond The Lawn REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. The rainy season is the ideal time for lawn removal projects. Learn about site-assessment, design, planning, removal techniques, materials and cost estimates. This class will also touch on ideas for drought-tolerant planting and pollinator gardens. No experience necessary. WHO: Anyone who wants to transform their yards into something more ecological. WHAT: The goal of this class is to help students feel confident to get out there and remove their lawn themselves. INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly Brown is the owner of Lawn Gone- Yard Transformations and a Landscape Consultant and Garden Coach. AGES 15 & up DAY Tuesday DATE Jan 30 TIME 5:30-7pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $25
Registration is NOT required. Are you planning your garden? Before you order a long list of seeds from catalogs, you might want to try acquiring seeds locally at North Mountain Park’s seed swap. It’s fun and simple—just bring seeds you have saved from your garden and some bags or envelopes for taking seeds with you. The Nature Center will also be selling low-cost seed, harvested at the park by volunteers. For more information call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. WHO: Novices and experienced gardeners who want to trade seeds and share knowledge. WHAT: Share a variety of seeds and your experiences growing plants in Southern Oregon. AGES All ages DAY Thursday DATE Feb 1 TIME 6-7pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST FREE | Pre-Registration not required
Build A Bee House REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Students will learn all about native bees - their importance for pollination, their life cycles and how humans can help them at each stage. Following a short presentation, students will make their own bee house to take home. Some tools will be available, but if possible, please bring a battery-powered drill and safety glasses. Participants should be comfortable using a drill and a hammer. WHO: Novices and bee enthusiasts. WHAT: Learn to recognize several local bees, understand their needs and help them thrive. INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Appling and Kristina Lefever are members of Bee City USA Ashland, a subcommittee of Ashland Parks and Recreation. AGES 15 & up DAY Saturday DATE Feb 10 TIME 2-3:30pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $20
Botany 101 REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Have you always wanted to know your local wildflowers but did not know where to start? Learn the basics needed to identify wild plants, including flower anatomy, the floral patterns of major plant families and how to use a botanical key. Please bring any local plant ID guides you have, lunch and a magnifying glass or loupe if you have one. This class will be indoors, but if the weather is good, we will take a walk outside for about an hour. WHO: Anyone interested in learning to identify the plants around them. WHAT: Learn flower anatomy including patterns in flower families and gain a greater appreciation of local flora. INSTRUCTOR: Jolie Elan is an ethnobotanist, ecologist and the Director of Go Wild Institute, which has helped thousands of people deepen their connection to nature. AGES 13 & up DAY Sunday DATE Feb 11 TIME 10am-2pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $30
Home Grown Food Around The Year:Successful Gardening In The Siskiyou Climate REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. With some planning and strategic techniques, it is possible to eat from your garden every month of the year in the Klamath- Siskiyou bioregion. This class will cover timing, strategies, making a planting calendar, extending the growing season and plant varieties that do well in our climate. WHO: Those with a basic understanding of gardening who would like to learn new skills. WHAT: Learn new techniques in order to plan and prepare for a year-round garden. INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly Brown has been fine-tuning the art of gardening in our area for 26 years. She is the owner of “Here We Grow” Garden Coaching and Consultation. AGES 12 & up DAY Tuesday DATE Feb 13 TIME 5:30-7pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $25
Learning Common Backyard Birds REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Using photos, stories, bird songs and fun facts, we will learn about the birds that live all around us in the Rogue Valley, some right in our own backyards! Some key birds we’ll study: Robin, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk, Scrub Jay, Screech Owl, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Chickadee, Flicker, Crow, Bald Eagle and a few special guest birds. WHO: Beginners and intermediates who want to learn to ID local birds. WHAT: Learn to visually and audibly recognize common birds in your neighborhood and beyond. INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Rio is a wildlife educator and serves on the Board of the Klamath Bird Observatory. AGES 7 & up DAY Wednesday DATE Feb 21 TIME 6:30-8pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $15
The Joy of Growing Berries REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Learn the tips and tricks for growing a thriving berry patch. This class will cover blueberries, raspberries and the “triple crown” thornless blackberry. Students will learn about pruning, fertilizing, watering, soil amendments and the best types of berries to choose, as well as the common pitfalls of berry gardening. Some triple crown starts will be available to purchase. WHO: This class will cover both the basics for beginners and the issues that even experienced growers may encounter. WHAT: Understand the steps for successful berry growing while planning for the challenges you may face in producing a rich harvest. INSTRUCTOR: Joel Heller has been teaching Master Gardeners and aspiring fruit growers for several years. He has worked with berry varieties and other fruit for several decades. AGES 15 & up DAY Thursday DATE Feb 22 TIME 6:45-8:15pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $20
Practical Permaculture - A Tangible Approach For Everyday Living REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. This class will blend knowledge of permaculture principles and ethics, with vast personal experience. Topics include permaculture lingo, site assesment, harvesting water, soil fertility and realistic goals. There will be time for questions about each student’s specific site. Please be prepared to be outside for part of the class. WHO: This class is for anyone new to permaculture or folks with some knowledge, who want to get started on a project. WHAT: The goal of this class is to inspire you to put Permaculture concepts into action! INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly Brown is the owner of “Here We Grow”- Garden Coaching and Consultation. Kimberly has been practicing practical permaculture locally for 26 years. AGES 15 & up DAY Saturday DATE Feb 24 TIME 10am-Noon PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $25
Pickleball REGISTER online or call APRC at 541.488.5340. All equipment is provided for this one-day clinic to learn more about all the benefits and fun of playing pickleball. WHO: Anyone age 16 and older looking to learn more about one of the most popular sports in the country. WHAT: Participants will learn about rules, skills and basic strategy to enjoy and compete in pickleball. INSTRUCTOR: Joel Heller is a long-time teacher who has won gold medals in singles and doubles at the Oregon Senior Games. AGES 16 & up DATE Beginning: Sunday, Feb 25 Beginning: Sunday, Apr 22 Intermediate: Sunday, Mar 18 Intermediate: Thursday, Apr 26 TIME 10am-Noon PLACE Lithia Park | Tennis Courts COST $20/class
Petroleum: History and Current Status in a Warming World REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Learn about oil and gas geology, some of the surprising ways petroleum is used and why fossil fuels dominate our energy supply. Gain a global picture of industry operations, consumption and reserves. This class will also explore new sources of petroleum such as sub- and pre-salt, deep water, polar and gas hydrate reservoirs, as well as hydraulic fracturing in shale. The discussion will include how these new sources, especially shale, have dramatically changed the petroleum supply in the US and globally, as well as created new environmental concerns. WHO: Anyone with a general interest in science, industry and world politics. WHAT: Understand the impact of petroleum on science, industry and world politics, and learn how we can make better choices in our use and political decisions regarding energy. INSTRUCTOR: Len Eisenberg has worked as a petroleum geologist for Chevron Overseas. He is a science educator with ScienceWorks, North Mountain Park, Briscoe Geology Park and Evogeneao.com. AGES 10 & up DAY Thursday DATE Mar 1 TIME 6:30-7:30pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $5
Lacrosse Clinic REGISTER online or call APRC at 541.488.5340. Come learn how to play the fastest game on two feet from SOU Men’s lacrosse players and coaches. WHO: Youth who want to learn about or increase their lacrosse skills. WHAT: To teach the basics of or improve lacrosse skills. INSTRUCTORS: Mark Brown played lacrosse at Virginia Tech University and has served as head coach at SOU from 2005-Present. 4-time PNCLL Coach of the Year. AJ Chase was a 4-year SOU starter and the only player in SOU History with 100 career goals and 100 career assists. AGES 8-18 DAY Saturday DATE Mar 17 TIME 1-3pm PLACE SOU Stadium field COST Free (Pre-registration is required)
Growing Fruit 101 REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Students will learn some of the techniques of successful fruit growing as well as the challenges that come with different types of fruit. Students will learn about common tree fruits, berries and citrus as well as the health benefits associated with them. WHO: Beginners or those who have tried growing fruit but would like to learn more. WHAT: Recognize the challenges of growing different types of fruit and the secrets to success. INSTRUCTOR: Joel Heller has been involved in fruit tree care for several decades. He teaches Master Gardeners in Jackson and Josephine Counties. AGES 12 & up DAY Tuesday DATE Mar 20 TIME 6:45-8:15pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $15
Spring Garden Work Party
Registration is NOT required. Get your hands dirty and meet new friends as a volunteer gardener at North Mountain Park. Celebrate spring’s arrival with our first garden work-party of the season in the demonstration gardens at the Nature Center. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Garden volunteers meet every Wednesday morning from March to November. Come every week, or drop in anytime. For more information call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. WHO: All levels of gardeners. WHAT: Learn how to care for plants and flowers, or lend your knowledge to help the Demonstration Gardens at NMP thrive and flourish. AGES 15 & up DAY Wednesday DATE Mar 21 TIME 10am-Noon PLACE NMP Nature Center COST FREE | Pre-Registration not required
Edible Landscaping: Make Your Yard Productive And Beautiful! REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Learn how to integrate vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries into your landscape to provide a year-round harvest and beautify your yard. Learn what plants do best in our climate, how to choose the right fruits for your location and how to establish plants with good soil and a watering plan. WHO: Any level of gardener who would like to improve their yard and grow food. WHAT: Learn to design an edible landscape, and how to choose fruits and grow your own food. INSTRUCTOR: Andy Fischer is a licensed landscape contractor with 15 years of experience in designing and installing landscapes. He is also an experienced permaculture designer and teacher. AGES 15 & up DAY Saturday DATE Mar 24 TIME 10am-Noon PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $25
Native American Basketry REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Students will learn about traditional Native American culture and history, traditional plants and their uses, traditional weaving techniques, plant identification, harvesting and preparation methods, as well as Native American vocabulary. Students should bring a water bottle, knife, towel or apron, pen and paper. Students will weave a cedar basket with sweetgrass sedge. WHO: Some sewing, crochet or weaving knowledge is helpful but not required. WHAT: Expand your knowledge of regional history and Native American ethnobotany and weaving. Learn to gather supplies and create your own basket. INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Craig is a tribal ethnobotanist and Takelma weaver, enrolled with the Grand Ronde Tribe. She is a 7th generation traditional basket weaver with a BA & MA in Cultural Anthropology. AGES 10 & up DAY Saturday DATE Apr 7 TIME 9am-4pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $100
Spring Birding at North Mountain Park REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Learn about the birds arriving on their annual migration and the year-round birds of the Rogue Valley as they prepare for springtime courtship. Photography, poetry, bird sounds and fun facts are used in this presentation to help prepare you to go out and see migrating birds and springtime bird behaviors. WHO: Beginners and intermediates who want to learn to ID local and spring migrating birds. WHAT: Connect with the birds of Ashland and NMP, as well as the arriving spring migrants. INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Rio is a wildlife educator. She serves on the board of the Klamath Bird Observatory and is dedicated to conservation of wild places and birds. AGES All ages DAY Wednesday DATE Apr 11 TIME 6:30-8pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $15
Exploring Fire Ecology and Fire History in the Ashland Watershed REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Explore the Ashland Watershed while hiking with experts from the Ashland Forest Resiliency partners. Learn how forest restoration is conceived and implemented for the various landowners and diverse habitats in Ashland’s watershed. Hikers will meet at the Lithia Park Bandshell and shuttle to the Upper White Rabbit Trailhead, then hike down the Red Queen trail. WHO: No experience necessary, but participants should be in adequate physical condition for a 4-7 mile hike. WHAT: On this moderate hike, students will learn how fires have shaped the landscape and the forest flora and fauna. INSTRUCTOR: The Ashland Forest Resiliency partnership is a collaboration between the City of Ashland and several local partners. It has been conducting a 10-year stewardship project designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Ashland Watershed. AGES 7 & up DAY Saturday DATE Apr 28 TIME 9am-Noon PLACE Meet at Lithia Park Bandshell COST FREE | Registration required
Medicinal And Edible Plant Walks REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. Stroll through North Mountain Park to learn more about the abundance of edible and medicinal plants found in the gardens and on the ethnobotanical trail. Learn how to identify and sustainably harvest useful plants. Explore traditional ethnobotanical lore as well as current trends and research regarding these plants. Different plants will be discussed on each walk. Bring a notebook and writing utensil if you wish to take notes. WHO: Novices, as well as experienced students welcome. WHAT: Learn to identify local plants with medicinal properties and methods for harvesting them and incorporating them into your diet and medicines. INSTRUCTOR: Erin Krenzer and Lauren Kemple are environmental educators who are passionate about botanical medicine. AGES 12 & up DAY Sundays DATE Apr 29 & May 20 TIME 2:30-4pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $8 per class
Learning Bird Songs REGISTER online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. What bird is that, and why is it making that sound? Is it a call or a song? We will use photos and some simple information to teach a process for learning to ID birds by their sounds. This class also includes a two-hour field trip where participants will have a chance to practice what they have learned in the classroom. For the field trip, dress for changing weather and bring water. WHO: Novice to intermediate birders will enjoy this class. WHAT: Deepen your appreciation for tuning into nature and the world of birds as they feed, migrate and nest around our area. INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Rio and Vince Zauskey are local bird guides who believe learning about birds is fun. AGES All ages DAY Wednesday DATE May 2 (field trip: Saturday, May 5, 8-10am) TIME 6:30-8pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $20
Visit the APRC home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.