The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM Medford District (2,105 acres) and The Nature Conservancy (2,759 acres). Memorandums of Understanding signed in 2011 and 2012 with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians allow for coordinating resources to protect the Table Rocks for present and future generations. A cooperative management plan for the area was completed in 2013.
- Environmental Education
The Table Rock Environmental Education program began over 20 years ago and marked the beginning of a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy. In the first few years, less than 100 individuals participated in guided hikes. Today, the BLM environmental educators host over 4,600 school children, teachers, parents, and other participating groups on guided hikes to the summit. In addition, over 500 individuals from the general public are led by volunteer specialists on hikes during the weekends in April and May.
The hikes for the general public are organized by both the BLM and the Nature Conservancy. A few weeks prior to the public hikes, the schedules are advertised in local newspapers and online, providing a brief description of themes including specialties such as archaeology, botany, fire ecology, and much more!
The program includes an optional in-class presentation which prepares the students for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience before joining us on "the rocks"!
- Know Before You Go
The Table Rocks offer a unique and challenging educational environment. The success of your hike is of utmost concern to us. Please read and follow these important Table Rock field trip requirements:
- Please review Table Rock material with your students before their hike. Groups prepared before their hike will learn more and be more engaged throughout the day.
- Advise and prepare group members to give hike leaders their undivided attention and respect. Remind students this is a school day and their hike is just another type of learning environment. Students are required to maintain the same level of attention and respect as is expected of them in their regular classroom.
- Discipline is not the responsibility of the BLM Hike Leader. Leaders will set specific ground rules at the beginning of the hike, but discipline is the responsibility of the teacher and chaperones.
- Groups will be limited to one classroom per BLM guide and, for safety reasons, must include at least one parent chaperone/volunteer for every 10 students along with the classroom teacher or the program lead. No substitute teachers please. If you are unable to supply the correct number of chaperones, your hike will be cancelled.
- Hikers need to be properly equipped. Please review the “What to Bring on your Table Rock Hike” sheet to ensure the safety of your group.
See you at the trailhead!
- Spring Hikes Program