Explore a privately conserved mountain forest and meadow property near Mt. Ashland. We’ll joyfully catch and release butterflies and bumble bees and identify wildflowers with butterfly enthusiast and educator, Linda Kappen, and botanist and SOLC Stewardship Director, Kristi Mergenthaler.
Help us inventory the dragonflies at Sky King Cole, a privately conserved property on the Siskiyou Summit. The group will walk to a series of sag ponds, ponds created from natural slumps, and catch, identify and then release dragonflies.
Jeff LaLande, archeologist and local historian, will lead an evening driving tour of Upper Bear Creek Valley. Stops include Hill-Dunn Cemetery on Emigrant Lake, Mountain House, and Hugh Barron Ranch on Old Pacific/Old Siskiyou Highway. He will talk about the history of native inhabitants and early whites in the area.
Here’s a chance for families to explore the Preserve. Bring your little ones and let them discover the wonders of nature. There will be a guided activity as well as lunch by the river. Some walking and lots of exploring. Recommended for children three years and older. Folks should bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy along the river.
Join a fisheries ecologist (Randy Frick), forest ecologist (Tom Atzet), and soil scientist (David Steinfeld) for an exploration of this riverfront property near Eagle Point.
BYOU (bring your own ukulele) and join Tish McFadden, founder and leader of the Southern Oregon Ukulele Players (SOUP) and local musician Jeff Kloetzel, for a musical trip on the Preserve. A sing-along and jam session will be held next to the Rogue River.
Learn about this iconic rock while hiking 3 miles roundtrip. A BLM Interpreter will share information at stops along the way up to the top. Interpretation includes geology - the formation of the Table Rocks, conservation, history, and the flora and fauna found alongside the trail.
Local biologist and writer Brandon Breen will lead a birding trip on this private property along the Rogue River outside of Eagle Point. Habitats include oak woodland, grassland, chaparral, and an extensive floodplain forest with large black cottonwoods and black oaks. Birds may include Lewis’s Woodpecker, Western Bluebird, Oak Titmouse, Pygmy Owl, and Bald Eagle, as well as spring migrants.
The Imperatrice property, owned by the city of Ashland, is located on a large landslide that provides an excellent location to view the entire Bear Creek Valley and the various geological formations that are found within the valley and adjacent ridges. We will walk about 1.5 miles uphill to get to the top of the landslide where we will eat lunch and then loop back down completing this 3 mile hike.
You won’t want to miss this fabulous tour through the Woodlands in Jacksonville with funny, inspiring, and knowledgeable leader, Larry Smith. This is a four-mile hike through Jacksonville’s Historic Rich Gulch Mining District and descent into French Gulch to view a reestablished hydraulic mining display and water cannon.
Every year we welcome our newest members with a special event. Hike the Britt Woods with Stewardship Director, Kristi Mergenthaler, and enjoy dinner on us. This annual event is a great way to learn more about SOLC and to get to know other supporters, staff, and board members.
Local photographer and naturalist, Mike Potts, will lead folks around the Rogue River Preserve to find, identify and learn about wild mushroom species that inhabit the Preserve. This is not a foraging outing but rather an opportunity to learn about mushrooms while exploring this beautiful piece of land along the Rogue River.
Here’s a chance for families to explore the Preserve. Bring your little ones and let them discover the wonders of nature. There will be a guided activity as well as lunch by the river. Some walking and lots of exploring.
Join us for a fall tour of the recently conserved Sardine Creek property owned by Clem Stockard and Bonnie Brown. Home to oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forest, chaparral, and riparian areas, this 47-acre property is a host for a wide diversity of wildlife and plants.
Landmark Members are those who provide significant financial support for our work, donating $500 or more each year. As our way of saying “thank you” to our most generous members, we plan a special VIP outing on one of our preserved properties, complete with dinner and guest speakers.
This annual event is a great way to learn more about Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and to get to know other supporters, staff, and board members. Enjoy a hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands led by historian Larry Smith followed by a yummy brunch under the shade trees behind the Beekman House.