Table Rocks guided hiking opportunities

With spring comes the wildflowers. This is the perfect time to hike Table Rock and enjoy what nature has to offer.
With spring comes the wildflowers. This is the perfect time to hike Table Rock and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Wildflowers are beginning to show their color, vernal pools are buzzing
with life, spring time is returning to the southern Oregon landscape,and it is once again time for the annual Table Rocks guided hike season. From April 1 through June 6, the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and The Nature Conservancy are offering the public two separate interpretive hiking opportunities, one on the weekdays and one on the weekends.

Group, weekday hikes:
   
Various school and community groups have been guided by the Table Rocks
Environmental
Education Program to the tops of Upper and Lower Table Rocks for over
20 years. Groups of 10 individuals or more and of any age are welcome
to sign up for these free, interpretive hikes. Participants enjoy
spectacular views of the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountain ranges
while learning about the unique natural and cultural history of the
Table Rocks.
   
Guides are available Tuesday through Friday.
Hikes begin around 9 a.m. and last about four hours. The schedule is
already quite full so please reserve a day as soon as possible. For
more information visit our website:
   http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php Contact:   Leah Schrodt, Project Coordinator, (541) 618-2468.
   
Weekend Spring Hike Series:
   
The
Nature Conservancy and the BLM are offering their annual series of
guided, educational walks on the Table Rocks in April and May. There is
no fee to participate, but reservations are required. To reserve a
space on a hike call the BLM Medford District Office at (541) 618-2200.
Participation is limited to 30 individuals per hike, unless other wise
noted. The weekend hike schedule can be viewed on the BLM’s Table Rocks
website and The Nature
   Conservancy website:
   http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php
   http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/oregon/preserves/
   
Participants in both the weekday and weekend hikes should dress for the
weather
and bring a lunch and something to drink. There is no drinking water at
either Upper or Lower Table Rocks.  Restrooms are available at both
trailheads. To help protect this special place and its inhabitants,
dogs are not allowed on the trail. The hikes range from three to five
miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail, and last three to five
hours.

   2008 Table Rocks Weekend Hike Season Spring Schedule:

Saturday,
April 5-10 a.m. UPPER TABLE ROCK-"Ethnobotany is the science of
people’s relationship with plants." Nancy Turner, Ethnobotanist. Learn
various uses of the plants on the Table Rocks with Donn Todt,
ethnobotanist and horticulturist for the Ashland Parks
Department.Participation will be limited to 25.
    
 Sunday,
April 6- 10 a.m.  LOWER TABLE ROCK-Plants and Pools, Molly Sullivan,
Southwest Oregon Stewardship Coordinator with The Nature Conservancy,
and Armand Rebischke, a BLM botanist and Native Plant Society member.
Thy will take hikers up to the vernal pools to investigate the unique
organisms that inhabit them.
   
Saturday, April 12-1 p.m.  
UPPER TABLE ROCK- Nature Photography. Join Terry Tuttle, retired
forester and professional photographer on a nature photography hike.
Bring your camera and, if you have one, a light tripod. Tuttle will be
joined by two members of the Southern Oregon Photo Association Club.
For information, visit www.sopacameraclub.org. Participation will be
limited to 24.
    
 Sunday, April 13- 10 a.m. LOWER TABLE
ROCK-Wildflowers Abound. Barbara Mumblo, Botanist with the U.S.Forest
Service, Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District and member of the Native
Plant Society of Oregon will lead a hike to
discover the dazzling array of wildflowers found on the Table Rocks.
   
Saturday,
April 19- 10 a.m.  LOWER TABLE ROCK-Spring in Bloom. Marcia Wineteer,
Botanist with the BLM, will lead a hike that focuses on the spring
wildflowers and native plant communities of the Table Rocks.
   
Sunday,
April 20- 10 a.m.   UPPER TABLE ROCK –  Fire Ecology with BLM fire
ecologist, Charley Martin. Learn how the landscape has adapted to
survive and  thrive with fire. Charley will be joined by Jena DeJuilio,
BLM’s fire effects monitor and Native Plant Society member.   
    
Saturday,
April 26  -8:30 a.m:   LOWER TABLE ROCK  For the Early Birds. Harry
Fuller, A Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and experienced field trip
leader,  will take you to view the spring birds of Table Rocks.  Learn
identification tips and conservation  information. Highlights may
include Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Western Bluebirds, California Towhee,
and migrating warblers. Buckbrush should be in bloom attracting
hummingbirds. Bring binoculars and identification books if you desire.
Participation will be limited to 15.
   
Sunday, April 27 -10
a.m:   UPPER TABLE ROCK   Incredible Insects! Dr. Peter Schroeder,
Associate Professor of Biology and Entomologist at So. Oregon
University will lead a hike to explore and discuss the amazing natural
history and ecology of the 6 and 8-legged animals found on and around
the Table Rocks..
   
Saturday, May 3- 10 a.m.  LOWER TABLE
ROCK  Legacy of a Landmark. Jeff Laland, archaeologist and historian
for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of
the Table  Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as
well as some history of the Table Rock area during the "Indian Wars" of
the 1850s.
      
Sunday, May 4- 10 a.m.   UPPER TABLE ROCK  Layers of Time. Bill Elliott, Assistant Professor of
 Geology
at Southern Oregon University, will describe the formation of the Table
Rocks and unique geological feature observed at the top of this ancient
lava flow.
   
Saturday, May 10- 10 a.m UPPER TABLE ROCK 
Wonderful Wildlife, Join Jeff Stephens, Wildlife Biologist for the BLM,
on a hike investigating the biology and ecology of animals found on and
around the Table
Rocks.
     
Sunday, May 11-  10 a.m Mothers
Day  LOWER TABLE ROCK-  Family Hike.  Join Greta Gardiner, a BLM
environmental interpreter, on a family hike to the top.  This is a
general information hike suitable for all ages. Bring water, your
lunch, and your curiosity!
   
Saturday, May 17- 10 a.m. LOWER
TABLE ROCK  Living with "Titanakh.." Discover the unique cultural
history, ethnobotany, and general ecology of the Table Rocks with BLM
naturalist Leah Schrodt.
   
 Sunday, May 18 – 10 a.m. UPPER
TABLE ROCK   Nature Sketching. Join illustrator and naturalist Irene
Brady on a nature sketching trip.  Get  advice from this skilled
professional as you recreate the beauty of the Table Rocks.  Bring a
camera if you wish. If it rains, we’ll skip the sketching to explore 
and enjoy Table Rocks natural history. Bring your sketchpad, drawing
tools, waterproof sitter, sack lunch and water bottle. For more
information about Irene  see www.natureworkspress.co.  Participation
will be limited to 12.
 

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