Category: Things to do

Things to do in the Ashland, Oregon area.



  Join local naturalists on free public hikes on weekend days in June and early July 2017. Explore wildlands in the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that scientists recommended in order to make the Monument more ecologically whole. Learn about local flora and fauna, visit some nice country, and be inspired to ... Read More
June 19, 2017Marie Uhtoff
Leo and Marie


Our family has always enjoyed a tremendously fun time together outdoors during the winter months. We've put together this Winter Checklist for you and your family as a guide to what to do during the cold and snowy Southern Oregon winters. 1.)  Ski and snowboard on Mt. Ashland.  4 Chairlifts providing ... Read More
November 30, 2016Caroline



Ashland With Kids

Written by Marie Uhtoff   Ashland has many great activities to do beyond the world-renown Shakespeare festival.  Of course I highly recommend taking in a play or two when you are in town (my kids are 5, 8 and 10 and I can always find at least 1 play we all enjoy ... Read More
April 7, 2016Caroline


Come into the shop today for a free copy of the official Northwest Nature Shop Ashland Map and Recommended Hikes!!   1. Lower Table Rock; 5.2 miles round trip (Hiking, No Dogs) 2. Upper Table Rock; 2.8 miles round trip (Hiking, No Dogs) 3. Denmam Wildlife Refuge/ Oregon Fish & Wildlife Office; ponds (Wildlife ... Read More
March 25, 2016Northwest Nature Shop


Written by Jay Van Tussenbrook It's better not to guess. As the rains come and the weather warms, spring flowers aren't the only thing popping up out of the soil. Those little mounds of earth steadily rising in the backyard will soon open up to reveal mushrooms! Here in Southern Oregon that most likely means ... Read More
March 24, 2016Marie Uhtoff
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The Gin Lin Trail

A lesser known but incredibly variant trail with great interesting and historical significance. The Gin Lin Trail is a testament to the older ways of life during the gold rush, leaving behind a fascinating hike as well as historical considerations as you witness the work of long ago left ... Read More


Hiking the Lower and Upper Table Rocks offers an enjoyable, informative experience in natural history and botany. Our guest writer Heather Headley offers an insightful, thoughtful and informative exploration of one of our local landmarks here in the Rogue Valley. Spring is a wonderful time to rediscover the ... Read More
Table Rocks



The Ecology of the Table Rocks

Written by Abby Nichols of the Northwest Nature Shop, Nature Conservancy Volunteer Field Assistant The Table Rocks are distinct landmarks of the Rogue Valley - two horseshoe-shaped geologic features sitting squarely between the Cascade and Siskiyou Ranges in Southern Oregon.  Remnants of a prehistoric lava flow, these archaic rock formations are home ... Read More
February 10, 2016Caroline
Bird Walk


Join Northwest Nature Shop's expert birder Terence Philippe for a series of local bird walks. Spring marks the return of longer days and also heralds the return of many birds that migrate south during the winter. It’s also the beginning of nesting season for many of these returning birds. So ... Read More
February 2, 2016Caroline


It’s summertime in Southern Oregon and lucky for us it is easy and very fun to take our kids on great outdoor adventures. Recent studies show that kids who play outside are healthier, happier and more well rounded as a whole. Children experience an increase in self-confidence, self-esteem, optimism, independence ... Read More