Category: Exploring Local Nature

Swimming holes


by Jeanine Moy, Northwest Nature Shop Naturalist Southwest Oregon hosts amazing places to go swimming. Our backyard public-lands boast alpine lakes, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls on Cascade volcanic rocks and steep Siskiyou drainages. This region is marked by aquatic refuges for people and wildlife alike. Before you go, make sure to ... Read More


Tips for spring morel hunting in southwest Oregon Learn to properly identify morels: Morels will grow singularly from the soil, have a characteristic conical pitted cap, and can be a creamy white color ranging to a dark brown-black. The stalk of the mushroom should be entirely hollow if you cut it ... Read More


  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


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


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


Standing on the rock looking down into the incredibly blue mountain lake we had just hiked into in the Marble Mountain Wilderness I hesitated to jump knowing how cold that melted-snow fed water would be but on a hot summer day, water is irresistible. I held my breath and took ... Read More


The Guided Fall Wild Mushroom Walk was so popular this year that we had to schedule another guided walk the following day! Our participants enjoyed the limitless knowledge, enthusiasm and patience for answering questions provided by expert mycologists John Teem and Michael Potts. The abrupt change in weather was no ... Read More
February 15, 2014Northwest Nature Shop