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ASD Kids Opportunities

We have the following volunteer and recreation opportunities for youth this summer, including the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool and the Splash Pad in Garfield Park. Due to the pandemic our offerings are limited. Public health safety protocols are in place. Don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions, parksinfo@ashland.or.us or 541.488.5340.  "Fun, it's in our Nature!" 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES…
 
TO VOLUNTEER, please contact Sulaiman Shelton by email or call 541.552.2264/office or 541.499.8798/text - ashland.or.us/Volunteer 
 
Park Clean-ups for Middle & High School Students:
Earn school community service hours removing invasive species and helping keep our parks pesticide free. Sign up to be notified of Saturday morning clean-ups that are only two hours long. Gloves, tools, snacks provided.  
 
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.

 
RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES…
 
REGISTER for classes today! 
Did you know we offer scholarships? Learn More!
 
The Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool will open for the 2021 season in June and remain open through early September.

The Garfield Park Splash Pad will be open Memorial Day Weekend and be open through September. 

Nature Journaling: At Home in Nature | Online Class
Connect with other nature lovers as you learn to experience nature in a new way. This online class includes group learning, independent practice in your own yard and opportunities to share your creativity. Don’t identify as an artist? Don’t worry! Nature journaling also uses writing and symbols, and it doesn’t require any special skills or tools. Each session, try out new nature journaling prompts that stimulate imagination, internal reflection, sensory observation and recognition of the details of the natural world. Through intentional nature experiences, activate both hemispheres of the brain and build deeper connections with the diversity of life around us.
You must be able to access the outdoors to complete some of the activities in this workshop. Please have a notebook or a couple of pieces of blank paper (out of the recycling bin is fine!) and a pencil close at hand.
WHO: Beginner and intermediate students will enjoy this class. Families welcome!
WHAT: Learn about the joys of a nature journaling practice … and experience them, right in your own backyard.
INSTRUCTOR: Libby VanWyhe has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and has taught nature journaling for many years. She loves sharing her love of both nature and writing.
AGES 10 & up
DAY Thursdays
DATE May 13-Jun 3
TIME 1-2pm
PLACE Online using Zoom
COST $10 for 4-class series


Birding North Mountain Park | Outdoor Class
June is a busy time for the birds of North Mountain Park. Enjoy a long, leisurely stroll through the natural section of the park and find the best places to birdwatch. You’ll also gain insight into bird behavior and immerse yourself in the joy of birds with one our most experienced and engaging teachers. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Some sanitized binoculars are provided by North Mountain Park. This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.
WHO: Beginner and intermediate level birders will enjoy this class. Participants should be able to walk or stand on paved and unpaved paths for up to three (3) hours.
WHAT: Learn to ID the birds of the park in June and gain insight into their behavior and sounds.
INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Rio is board president of the Klamath Bird Observatory. She loves to teach classes connecting people to birds and nature.
AGES All ages welcome
DAY Saturday
DATE Jun 5
TIME 8-11am
PLACE North Mountain Park (meet in front of the Nature Center)
COST FREE
 
Summer Saturday Morning Bird Walks | Outdoor Class
Enjoy an opportunity to see and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer in the Rogue Valley on this easy walk through North Mountain Park. Expert volunteers will share ID tips as well as sounds and common behaviors. No birding experience required. Some sanitized binoculars will be available for check-out. This class will be held outdoors, masks and safe physical distancing are required.
WHO: Novice and expert birders would both enjoy this walk. Participants should be able to walk on paved and bark chipped trails.
WHAT: Stroll through North Mountain Park for a chance to see and hear a variety of bird species.
INSTRUCTOR: Led by local birding experts from the Rogue Valley.
AGES All ages welcome
DAY 3rd Saturday of each month
DATE Jun 19 | Jul 17 | Aug 21
TIME 8-9am
PLACE North Mountain Park (meet in front of the Nature Center)
COST FREE (donations to North Mountain Park are always welcome)
 
Learn to Play Pickleball | Outdoor Class

Students will learn the basic skills and strategies for this popular game played by kids, teens, adults and seniors. Bring a water bottle and desire to learn. For up-to-date information email parksinfo@ashland.or.us or visit AshlandParksandRec.org.
WHO: Anyone interested in learning about pickleball, who enjoys the outdoors, new sports and socializing with others.
WHAT: Participants will learn the rules and skills for this active and enjoyable game.
INSTRUCTOR: Joel Heller is a long-time teacher of pickleball and gold medalist in singles and doubles at the Oregon Senior Games.
AGES 8 & Up (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
DAY/TIME Session 1: May 8, 9:30-11:30am
Session 2: May 17, 9:30-11:30am
Session 3: Jun 7, 6-8pm
Session 4: Sep 7, 11am-1pm
PLACE Lithia Park Tennis & Pickleball Courts
COST $20 (1 class)
 
Improve Your Pickleball Skills | Outdoor Class

Take your skills to the next level and learn strategy and shots to enjoy pickleball even more. Bring a water bottle and desire to learn a smarter way to play. For up-to-date information email parksinfo@ashland.or.us.
WHO: Intermediate players interested in learning how to improve their pickleball game.
WHAT: Participants will learn and practice strategies and skills to improve their competitiveness.
INSTRUCTOR: Joel Heller is a long-time teacher of pickleball and gold medalist in singles and doubles at the Oregon Senior Games.
AGES 8 & Up (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
DAY/TIME Session 1: Jun 1, 9-11am
Session 2: Jun 12, 9:30-11:30am
Session 3: Sep 7, 9-11am PLACE Lithia Park Tennis & Pickleball Courts
COST $20 (1 class)

All Things BIKE Sponsored by RVTD | Outdoor Class
Tap into the joy of cycling and gain confidence to safely ride in town, enhance emergency handling skills, learn basic maintenance and roadside repairs. The day will end with a short group ride.
WHO: Participants of any skill level and experience with their own working bicycle and helmet.
WHAT: One 3 hour in-person course will include bicycle maintenance, repairs, and safe riding skills that will enhance enjoyment of cycling.
INSTRUCTOR: Mike Vergeer, RVTD Bike Program Coordinator.
AGES 11 & up (Age 11-17 must be accompanied by parent)
DAY Saturday
DATE Session 1: Jun 26; Session 2: Aug 7
TIME 9am-Noon
PLACE The Grove Parking Lot
COST $5 per session

Summer Golf Camps | Outdoor Class
Can you say Golf and FUN in the same sentence? Your junior golfer will be using these two words a ton this summer if they join in on our weekly junior golf camps. Taught by Top 50 junior golf coaches your junior golfer will learn fundamentals to swing technique and on course play. Perfect for beginner and intermediate golfers ages 7-16. Camp is Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Juniors who attend a camp will also be invited to play golf on Saturday in an Operation 36 match at no additional fee. Sign up or visit sogolfacademy.com for more information!
WHO: Any Junior Golfer interested in learning the game. Beginners Intermediate and Advanced Players Encouraged!
AGES 5-13 (5-6 year olds may be required to have a parent on property)
DATE Starts 3rd week in Jun and runs Monday - Friday every other week through Aug
TIME 9am-Noon
PLACE Oak Knoll Golf Course
COST $299 per week
 
 PGA Junior League Golf | Outdoor Class
Team vs Team format great for beginners to advanced players. Clinic style learning environment (Fun & Games). Juniors will develop fundamental skills and learn how to play the game as a teammate in a fun and friendly competitive environment. Email info@sogolfacademy.com to sign up or visit sogolfacademy.com for more information!
WHO: Any Junior Golfer interested in learning the game. Beginners Intermediate and Advanced Players Encouraged!
WHAT: An amazing opportunity to learn the game of golf in a FUN atmosphere. Classes include putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and golf play in a team environment.
INSTRUCTOR: Southern Oregon Golf Academy, has top 50 coaches in the country.
AGES 5-13
DATE TBD - Weekday practices and Weekend matches (exact practice days and times will be determined once teams are formed)
PLACE Oak Knoll Golf Course
COST $399 Which includes Team Gear (8-week session)

Family Operation 36 Junior Golf Academy
Grab a family member or friend and learn this great game together in the fastest growing golf program in the country! Operation 36 (Op36) is focused around on-course instruction where every player starts at 25 yards from the green and must shoot 36 or better for 9-holes before leveling up. Then moving on to 50 yards, 100yards. There is an app that each student will download and show measurable progress. Op36 Junior Golf Academy runs year-round and is broken into eight (8) week quarters. There will be weekly playing opportunities, “matches” that allow you to take what you learned and apply it on the course to try and level up. Email info@sogolfacademy.com to sign up or visit sogolfacademy.com for more information!
WHO: Any Golfer interested in learning the game. Beginners Intermediate and Advanced Players Encouraged!
WHAT: The best way to learn the game of golf for any age and ability level from the green back.
INSTRUCTOR: Southern Oregon Golf Academy, has top 50 coaches in the country.
AGES 5 & up
DAY Wednesdays
DATE Mar-Oct (Start class at anytime!)
TIME 5-5:50pm
PLACE Oak Knoll Golf Course
COST $499 (8 weeks includes two family members, non-family members $599)
 
Adult/Junior FUNdamentals of Golf | Outdoor Class
This adult class will cover the fundamentals of golf with different elements of training each week! Perfect for new and intermediate adult golfers. Ask about our season long option for additional savings. Unsure of the right program, then start with a new student assessment! Sign up at sogolfacademy.com click book now.
AGES 5 & up
DAY Wednesdays
DATE Mar-Oct (Start class at anytime!)
TIME 4-4:50pm
PLACE Oak Knoll Golf Course
COST $25 per session

Rec Tennis in Ashland 
Summer tennis camps will take place in Hunter Park between June 21 and August 25, 2021. This program is brought to you by the USTA (United States Tennis Association). The camps are for ages 6 to 14, for 1.5 up to 4 hours, and the cost starts at $45. Basic skills will be taught in a non-competitive atmosphere. All equipment is included. For more information and to register email Randy or call 971.330.0419. 
 
REGISTER for classes today! 
Did you know we offer scholarships? Learn More!

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