Outdoors and recreation

Whether you’re a nature novice or an experienced nature buff, our librarians have put together resources for anyone looking to spend more time outdoors.

Did you know that on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established?

Local wildlife

Condors return to the Redwoods
In March 2022, the first five California condors returned to the Redwoods! Learn about these birds and watch the live Condor cam.
Wildlife Images
Wildlife Images is a center for local animal ambassadors and rehabilitation center.
Wildlife in Southern Oregon
Visit zoos, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers, and more things to do all across Southern Oregon.

Illinois Valley recreation

Rusk Ranch Nature Center
Visit Rusk Ranch to explore a butterfly pavilion, hummingbird garden, and learn about nature.
Siskiyou Field Institute
Attend nature programs for the youth, field courses, mushroom foraging classes, and more.

Explore southern Oregon



View a collection of kid-friendly waterfall adventures in Southern Oregon and the best times to visit.

hot springs

Hot springs

View maps of all Oregon's hot springs and guides on hot spring safety.

high desert

High desert

Explore Oregon's High Desert, its trails, and learn how you can help keep Oregon's desert preserved.



View maps and descriptions of parks, museums, caves, tours, and hikes along Oregon's coast.


Oregon Hikers

Find popular trails, hidden hikes, reviews by locals in Oregon and southwest Washington, and more.


Rivers and lakes

Check out Southern Oregon's rivers and lakes. Learn more about boating, rafting, and fishing.

AllTrails: Trail guides and maps

Search thousands of trails with trail info, maps, reviews, and photos curated by millions of hikers, campers, and nature lovers.

Library of Things

The library brings you far more than just books these days. Check out a Josephine County Parks day-use pass, a telescope, a bike repair kit, and other recreational equipment for up to 10 days.

Explore Library of Things

DIY Nature Pals

Get inspired by nature with Creativebug! Login with your library card number and type "Nature pals" in the search bar to view a beginner tutorial for working with wool and felt plushies.

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Parks and camping

Disc Golf Guide
Learn all about disc golf in Grants Pass. Explore nature while staying active and having fun!
Josephine County Parks and Campgrounds
Find information about local parks and campgrounds and even view them with an interactive map.
Travel Grants Pass
Check out local areas for camping of all types.


Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Purchase a license and stay up-to-date on fishing and hunting for the state of Oregon.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Explore fish and wildlife resources. Learn about habitats, fishing tools, and fishing safety.
Oregon Fishing Map
Find major fishing waters and travel routes to reach them.

Climate change and land use resources

Dig in to trusted multimedia coverage of environmental issues and policies from all perspectives, for all ages.