Nice & Easy Natural Cleaning It’s so easy being green! Learn to make natural cleaning products that are safe, effective, inexpensive, and incred- ibly easy. Just one simple cleaning powder can be the basis for many other useful cleaning solutions. In this class, we learn how familiar household ingredients can make 11 dif- ferent products to keep your home naturally clean. You will leavetheclasswithrecipesandtheknow-howtomakeyour own all-purpose cleaning kit for your home. INSTRUCTOR: Libby VanWyhe is the Nature Center Manager and has been using these cleaners in her home for years AGES All ages (children under 13, accompanied by an adult) DAY Friday DATE Jan 25 TIME 6-7pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST FREE Nature Center Storytelling Hour Join North Mountain Park staff and friends for an evening of storytelling for all ages. We’ll share nature stories that range from personal to traditional from observational to magical and of course a children’s book or two. We’re amateurs who just LOVE stories, so come cozy up at the Nature Center and let us spin a yarn. Come a little early, as tea and hot apple cider will be provided. WHO: A family with children who’d like a fun free imagina- tive experience to warm a winter’s evening. No experience necessary WHAT: By the end of this program participants will be inspired to tell their own favorite stories at a future Sto- rytelling Hour INSTRUCTOR: Brigette Cooke is a former Preschool edu- cator, and she is joined by Celtic story-telling enthusiast Libby VanWyhe AGES 4 & up DAY Thursday DATE Jan 24 TIME 6:30-7:30pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST FREE Native Fish Of Bear Creek - Who Lives In Your Backyard Stream? Despite being the most urbanized segment of the Rogue River watershed, Bear Creek is home to native fish such as salmon,steelheadandotherspecies.Learntoidentifyjuve- nile and adult fish and how to observe them in their natural stream habitat. By blending information about fish biology, history, streams and habitat restoration, students will learn about the challenges our native fish have faced and how stewardship efforts help them thrive. Some potential vol- unteer opportunities will also be discussed. Depending on abilities of participants and weather, we may look for fish in small streams around Ashland. Waders may help with stream exploration. This class is offered as part of ODFW’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). WHO: Adults and their kids, interested in local fish species and stewardship WHAT: Learn about local streams and native fish. Live fish will be available as well as an outdoor component, wading in shallow streams to look for fish INSTRUCTOR: Ryan Battleson is an Oregon Department FishandWildlifeFishBiologistwith11yearsofexperiencein fisheriesand8yearsexperienceworkingontheRogueRiver AGES 10 & up DAY Saturday DATE Jan 26 TIME 10am-2:30pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST FREE Want to share something with your neighbors? We’re seeking hobbyists, passionate amateurs and anyone with a cool idea to share. You can become a community instructor in next season’s Free-for-all. commis s i o n E s t 1 9 0 8 AshlandParksandRec.org | Facebook.com/AshlandParksandRec | ParksInfo@ashland.or.us 41 Learning Free-for-All Week 16