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ASD Kids Opportunities for the 2nd Q of 2017 (Apr, May, Jun)
Volunteer Opps... 

APRC Work Party
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 12-15  Session 2: June 26-29  Session 3: July 10-13  Apply online at

Ashland World Music Festival AWMF Logo
Ages: 14 & up

Volunteers needed for the Ashland World Music Festival, a free musical event held at the Lithia Park Bandshell on Saturday, May 20, noon to 6 p.m. Various shifts available, 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Spend the day listening to great music and earn community service hours at the same time! More on the event at

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 2-hours long.

Student and Senior Projects
Ages: Middle & High School Students  

We have ideas to help you complete a middle school or high school student project at our Nature Center or in our Parks.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Ainsworth via EMAIL, 541.552.2264/office or 541.499.8798/text. 

Rec Opps... 

RecTennis offers Summer Tennis Camp for Kids!

Ages: 6 to 14
Smash summer boredom with RecTennis… Camps will be offered June 12 through August 18. Choose between a 4-hour session, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon; or a 1.5-hr session, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The average session price is only $4/hr. Register today at For more info contact Randy Webber at 503.718.3330 or

Swim Lesson Registration at the Daniel Meyer Pool is easy!
Ages: All Ages 

Beginning June 16 at 8:30 a.m., registration for swim lessons will open to everyone and we no longer require on-site registration and testing!  You can register by calling 541.488.5340 or visiting the Grove (1195 E Main St), once registration is open. Students will be placed based on age, experience and placement from previous seasons. For NEW swim lesson students who request to be placed higher than a beginning-level lesson for their age group, may schedule a swim test by calling the Daniel Meyer Pool at 541.488.0313 (after June 16 - testing if offered at no charge). More info at

Beginning Golf Camp
Ages 5 to 9
Learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting and body positioning. Using the SNAG® (Starting New At Golf) system, instruction has been simplified so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. The camp is offered by Skyhawks and will take place at the Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland. The cost is $115/week. Two sessions are available: June 19 through June 23; July 10 through July 14 – 9 a.m. to noon for both sessions. Ways to Register...Skyhawks Sports Academy, or 800.804.3509. You may also call APRC at 541.488.5340 or visit The Grove, 1195 E Main St in Ashland. All equipment provided.
Multi-Sport Camp
Ages: 6 to 12
This multi-sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting: Capture the Flag, Dodgeball and Frisbee will be combined into one fun-filled week! Athletes will learn the rules and essential skills of each sport along with vital life lessons such as respect and teamwork. Variations of each activity will teach to different techniques and understanding of each sport. The camp is offered by Skyhawks and will take place at Garfield Park in Ashland, July 10 through July 14, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $115.Ways to Register...Skyhawks Sports Academy, or 800.804.3509. You may also call APRC at 541.488.5340 or visit The Grove, 1195 E Main St in Ashland. All equipment provided.​

Ages: 13 & up 

Archery is a great way to improve concentration and learn a great new skill for lifelong enjoyment. Join us to learn the basics and all the other opportunities to improve in archery. Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - For more info on the program, such as registration and cost, call 541.488.5340.

North Mountain Park Nature Center Opps... 

Rogue Valley Bird Day
Ages: All Ages 

Rogue Valley Bird Day is the local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), which focuses on the most spectacular aspect of the life of a migratory bird, its journey between wintering and breeding grounds. This year’s theme is, "The Importance of Stopover Habitats.” Please join us at North Mountain Park on Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m. to noon. The event is Free - More info at

Forest Photography Class
Ages: All Ages 

Evan Barrientos, Monitoring and Outreach Assistant with The Nature Conservancy and experienced nature photographer, will lead a photography class focusing on the wildflowers and post-fire re-growth along White Rabbit Trail. Learn the basics of using photography to tell the story of forest restoration in the Ashland Watershed! This is a low-intensity walk designed for all ages and photographers. On Saturday, May 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m., meet at Upper White Rabbit Trailhead. (Latitude : 42.16805223; Longitude: -122.7026139).  The class if Free, but registration is required. Please register online or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. If you need help with directions, call 541.552.2218, prior to the class. 

Star Party Presentation - Discover the Moon
Ages: All Ages 

Discover the Moon on Saturday, June 3, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m, at North Mountain Park! Come by for a short introduction to Earth's Moon. We will look at phases and facts about the moon, followed by information about different types of features found on the moon. Learn about Craters, Valleys, Mountains, Maria, Rays, Rills, and others. Bring your own telescope or feel free to use ours to get views of the moon, Jupiter, Double Stars, and bright Open Clusters, Globular Star Clusters, and more. The program is Free, but registration is required. Please register online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606.

Summer Saturday Morning Bird Walks
Ages: All Ages 

Stroll through North Mountain Park with local birding experts from the Rogue Valley. This will be an opportunity to see and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer here in the valley. Binoculars & field guides will be available for check out. The bird walks will take place the second Saturday of each month; June 10, July 8 and August 12; 8 to 9 a.m. The program is Free, but registration is required. Please register online call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606. 
North Mountain WILDS Week-long Camp
Ages: 7 to 12 

Join us this summer as we explore the wild places of North Mountain Park. We will spend each day outside playing games, learning ancient survival skills, camouflaging with our surroundings and sharing adventures. Get to know the trees, plants and animals that live along Bear Creek. Tune into nature and sharpen all of your senses to discover wildlife, edible plants, and natural tools.WILDS (Wilderness Immersion, Learning, Discovering, and Surviving) summer camps take place entirely outdoors. Bring a backpack with a snack & lunch, water bottle, sunscreen & hat, and optional water shoes. The camp will take place June 26 to June 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $200. Sign up early! Pre-Registration for this program is required by June 9, 2017.  Please register online or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606.

Visit the APRC home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.
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