CSI in the Woods: January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
By Daniel Newberry
for the Mail Tribune

Joe Kreuzman remembers the first time he saw a footprint. He was 2 years old.

"I was with my sister, and we just stepped out of wet grass onto the hot concrete on the sidewalk, and I remember looking back and seeing a little wet track," Kreuzman recalls.

Kreuzman has been studying tracking ever since and has turned that passion into a career. The executive director of the Medford-based Coyote Trails School of Nature teaches tracking frequently at the organization's field school at the Earth Teach Park above Ashland.

In the past few years he's also taught tracking in Vermont, Belize and South Africa.

Monarchs: Workshop focuses on butterfly's return: November 15, 2013


Workshop promotes reintroduction of milkweed, which is needed to repopulate the region with monarch butterflies
By Paul Fattig
Mail Tribune

When the visitor wearing a robe fit for a king flitted into Coyote Trails Nature Center in Medford last summer, Molly Kreuzman was more than ready for royalty.

The grounds and facility manager for the nonprofit center had just read an article about a local retired scientist working to attract more monarch butterflies to the region by encouraging residents to plant milkweed, the fluttery creature's food source.

Hungry Goats at CTSN: June 5, 2013

By Damian Mann
Mail Tribune

Hungry goats will once again chomp their way through invasive blackberries in Medford this summer if the City Council on Thursday allows an exception to its code prohibiting the use of livestock to control vegetation.

Ern Russell's goat herd, which was a hit last summer at Coyote Trails Nature Center in U.S. Cellular Park, may be snacking on a 6-acre open area near Veranda Park off East McAndrews Road this summer.

Coyote Trails Friend-Raiser: October 20, 2012

Juliet Grable
- Published October 17, 2012

Coyote Trails Friendraiser

Ever wonder how far you can hurl a cast-iron skillet, or have the urge to wield an atlatl? Come test your primitive skills – and learn new ones – this Saturday, October 20, at the Coyote Trails School of Nature’s “friend-raiser” and volunteer appreciation party.

The free event will take place at the Coyote Trails Jefferson Nature Center from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Its emphasis is on fun, not fund-raising, says Coyote Trails director Joe Kreuzman. The party will include informal music, horse-drawn hay rides, tracking contests and primitive-skills stations offering demonstrations. The more competitive might want to check out the skillet toss and atlatl pumpkin hunt.

“Saturday’s event is to raise friends and to let the community know what’s happening here,” Kreuzman says.

And a lot is happening. The Coyote Trails Jefferson Nature Center is tucked inside the new sports complex in South Medford, right next to Bear Creek.

Your Child Can Love Nature Too! August 21, 2012

Juliet Grable
- Published August 21 2012

Your Child Can Love Nature Too!

Summer is almost over, but there’s still time to take advantage of classes and camps for kids through Ashland’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Michele Pavilionis designed her upcoming Urban Naturalist Day Camp as a “nature immersion experience” especially for younger kids. The camp, which runs August 27 through the 30th at North Mountain Park, will include a balance of hands-on activities, games, story-telling and crafts, along with quiet observation and journaling.