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2024 Spring Garden Fair

Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association is proud to announce the 2024 Spring Garden Fair. This is the largest gardening event in Southern Oregon, and this year we are pleased to announce the return of a two-day event on the first weekend in May. Our 2024 Master Gardener class will be selling organic vegetables, herbs, and READ MORE

Farm Volunteer Day

Raptor Creek Farm is one of our fantastic native seed producers here in the Rogue.   They could use a little help keeping up with the weeds on their beds of native Achyrachaena mollis (blow wives) and Gilia capitata (blue-headed gilia).    RNPP will make efforts to attend the April 20 date, so perhaps we’ll see you there! It READ MORE

Native Seed Collecting at the Rogue River Preserve

Join the Rogue Native Plant Partnership to collect native seeds at the Rogue River Preserve! Wild collected seeds are the “currency” of ecological restoration and provide essential genetic resources to support biodiversity from the ground up. During this event, our partners will be focusing on popcornflower (Plagiobothrys) seeds, while observing and identifying many other native plants READ MORE

Botany 101

Looking closely at plants is wondrous, inspiring, and brings solace during a time of plant blindness. Using the Rogue River Preserve as your laboratory – students will learn basic botany terminology, identify some lovely plants, and recognize common plant families while exploring oak woodlands, vernal pool-mounded prairie, chaparral, and a large floodplain forest. You’ll meet READ MORE

Plein Air Painting and Drawing

Experience artmaking while being inspired directly from nature, surrounded by a beautiful lakeside and the forested hills of the Illinois Valley. You’ll learn how to start a painting or drawing in the field with expert guidance in the plein air process. Each student will choose a scene, and be instructed on the best way to READ MORE

Nature-Inspired Needle Felting

Let nature inspire you as you learn the fundamentals of needle felting and create a sculpture of your favorite song bird or owl species out of wool. Local fiber artist Corbin Brashear of Wild and Wooly Feltworks will lead this fun and easy fiber arts workshop exploring the techniques of needle felting – a dry READ MORE

April Volunteer Day – Spring Cleaning Work Party

We are gearing up for a spring volunteer day and would love for you to join us!  We’ll be preparing for spring and summer programming and need help with brush clearing, trail maintenance, ropes course preparation, campfire wood harvesting and more. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Please come with water, work gloves, and comfortable READ MORE

Birding at Sanctuary One

Connect to nature and coming birding with us! Birding is a great way to slow down and enjoy the wonderful things around us. During the walk, we will stroll through our oak savannah, fire forest, permaculture garden, and end at mule creek riparian habitat. The walks will be held Saturday mornings on May 18th and READ MORE