Entries by Northwest Nature Shop

Northwest Nature Shop Play, Adventure, Live

Ashland has developed a reputation for being home to outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers of all types. If there were a capital of sorts to represent the culture and spirit of this aspect of Ashland, it would have to be the Northwest Nature Shop. Recipient of this year’s Ashland Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the […]

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Favorite Fall Hikes and Outdoor Adventures in Southern Oregon Region During the weekends, you’ll find Terence at the Northwest Nature Shop advising about the best in binoculars, bird feeders and field guides, but on the weekdays Terence hits the trails here and far beyond. Here is a list of Terence’s recommended hikes in the fall […]

Fall Hiking with Quercus Garryana

September in the Rogue Valley ushers in cooler weather, announcing our seasonal fruit and nut harvest. Apart from the grapes, stone fruits, and nuts of our local vineyards and orchards, other food crops are found in our forests. Many of these edibles were traditionally harvested by regional Native groups. The Oregon white oak, Quercus garryana, […]

Meteor Showers and Camping Destinations

Summer here in the Rogue Valley offers many activities and pursuits for locals and visitors alike. However, when the snow recedes from the higher elevations and the alpine lakes warm, summer signals a time for camping, finding refuge and adventure on a hiking trail, and witnessing meteor showers from remote locations. Meteor showers can be […]

Foraging 101

Here in Southern Oregon, we’re fortunate to cohabitate with an array of wild edible and medicinal plants. Local Native traditions stress collecting plants with respect; gathering plants with deference to these traditions is an ethical approach that highlights our shared ecological responsibility and roles as environmental stewards. Foraging ethics, according to Josephine Grant Peters, a […]

30th Anniversary at Northwest Nature Shop

The Northwest Nature Shop is celebrating their 30th anniversary. Mike and Kathy Uhtoff opened the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland in 1985. They moved from Portland, OR where Mike was the director of the Portland Audubon and Kathy ran the Portland Audubon gift shop. They dreamed of a store that would incorporate their love for […]

Spring Nature Exploration with Northwest Nature Shop

Throughout the year, The Northwest Nature Shop offers classes, field trips and presentations given by experienced birders, writers and naturalists.  We invite those just beginning to discover the natural world as well as the life-long avid nature enthusiasts to come into the Northwest Nature Shop and see what events we have coming up. Spring Guided […]

Better Backyard Birding

Spring is a great time to enjoy the wonderful variety of birds that are either full-time residents of the Rogue Valley or are part of the yearly migration of seasonal visitors. With just a small effort you can turn your yard into a bird oasis that will benefit the birds and give you great pleasure […]

Ashland’s Night Watch

  Many people know that Ashland and its surroundings offer outstanding birding, but most limit their viewing to the daylight hours. A whole new experience and world await those willing to venture out in the evening and night hours. While the rest of our familiar birds are on their roosts for the night, Ashland’s avian […]

Happy New Year!

The New Year is the perfect time to rededicate yourself to enjoying nature. Here is a list of New Year’s resolutions to encourage you to connect with your natural surroundings: 1. Put up a bird feeder. Place feeders in ideal spots for observation.  Have binoculars and a field guide close-by. 2. Go Native. Native plants […]

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are a fun time here at the Northwest Nature Shop. The location of our shop being in a historic Ashland home, is quite fitting for our philosophy and our business style which has always been to treat our customers like family. Through the years we have watched families grow and change just as […]

Bear Creek Salmon Viewing

Fall chinook are spawning now through mid-December, peaking in mid-November. The Chinook salmon is an important keystone species of the Pacific Northwest.  Chinook salmon are born in freshwater streams and they travel to the open ocean to grow into adulthood. At reproductive maturity, they will swim back to their birth stream and produce young.  When […]

Guided Mushroom Hikes in October

It has been a full and fun and successful summer here at the Northwest Nature Shop.  Thanks to all of you – new and old customers – who choose to shop here.  Summer brings many visitors through our doors.  Just the fact that we have visitors from all over the world reminds us we live […]

Discover the Natural World

The kids are heading back to school and the Northwest Nature Shop has a large selection of waste-free and reusable lunch-packing and food-storage solutions.  Check out our selection of insulated water bottles, stainless steel lunch boxes, USA made reusable snack bags, market bags and more! And of course we have fun and educational events coming […]

Activities for Children in Ashland

My three kids come to work with me here at the Northwest Nature Shop. They have a blast battling each other with foam swords and shields, setting up elaborate nature scenes with our animal replicas, or sitting up at the counter “helping” customers. Towards the end of the day though they get restless, so luckily […]

Birding in the Klamath Basin

If you haven’t yet visited the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges now is the time to go! The sheer number and variety of birds throughout the basin is awe inspiring! On a recent outing we encountered dozens of Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Harriers, countless numbers of Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted […]

Discover the Natural World: Shop Local

The winter holidays are around the corner.  We want to take this time to encourage you to support locally-owned, independent businesses.  We are incredibly grateful to our loyal customers who support our family-run nature shop.  We here at the Northwest Nature Shop have been happily doing business for the last 28 years.  My parents, Mike […]

Favorite Swimming Holes

By Marie Caballero Uhtoff 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 […]

End of Summer To Do List

The calendar says summer ends September 21st so there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy all of the diverse activities our region has to offer.   The staff at the Northwest Nature Shop has put together a list of some of our favorite summer activities to help you get out and enjoy […]