Hike & Learn with the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hosts its final event of the year on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, with a talk about and hike to several historically significant areas in the monument. Dr. Jeff LaLande, historian and archeologist with the US Forest Service, hosts this free event.

On Friday night, LaLande will explore the history of the Applegate Trail in the monument from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Public Library. The Saturday hike from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will investigate more about what the first European emigrants experienced on their travels.

LaLande received his doctorate in American History from the University of Oregon. He has lived in the Rogue Valley since the 1960s, working as a historian. He has had his position as archeologist for USFS for 30-plus years.

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 15 anniversary as a nonprofit organization. Its mission 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.