Hike & Learn with the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument launches its 2017 season with local artist Sarah F. Burns. The Hike and Learn program, offered through the Monument’s Friends group, aims to educate the public about the area’s biodiversity through both a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert.

This Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., Burns will speak about "Hike & Learn: The Science of Sketching Clouds" in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Public Library. She'll share some techniques for identifying different cloud types with a fun and interactive presentation. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, participants will embark from the Hobart Bluff Trailhead, south along the Pacific Coast Trail, to find scenic views of Pilot Rock and Hobart Bluff. Burns will guide a few sketching demonstrations and then let participants create some original artwork as she offers her guidance.

Burns has attended both the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Ashland Academy of Art. She is passionate about incorporating science into her art methods, studying topics like human anatomy and meteorology to enhance her artwork. She has been a resident of Southern Oregon for most of her life, and currently paints full time. She also teaches art through her educational studio, Project Space, serves as president of the Ashland Gallery Association, and volunteers as a docent at Schneider Museum of Art.

For information and to register for the Friday night talk or Saturday morning Hike, go to cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com.

The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou national Monument is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to inspire people to protect, conserve, and restore the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and to increase awareness of the monument’s unique biological diversity, landscape, and history.

Other Hike and Learn events this year are:

• June 16 & 17: Northern California Wildflowers: Hiking lower Jenny Creek near Horseshoe Wilderness Management Area with Botanist Sheri Hagwood;

• July 14 & 15: Scenic Vistas of the Monument Expansion: Hiking Vulture Rock and Surveyor Mountain with Biologist Dr. Michael Parker;

• Aug. 25 & 26: Pyrodiversity Begets Biodiversity: Hiking Grizzly Peak with Ecologist Dr. Dennis Odion;

• Sept. 22 & 23: Who lives in the Creek? Hiking Jenny Creek in the Box O Ranch area with Aquatic Ecologist Chris Volpe and Hydrologist Tim Montfort; and

• Oct. 6 & 7: Hiking through History: Exploring the History of the Applegate Trail with Archaeologist and Historian Dr. Jeff LaLande.

For more information about Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, go to www.cascadesiskiyou.org.