Welcome to Sunny Southern Oregon

In this land of old vulcanism, deep forests, and moderate seasons you can see many natural and cultural treasures. Share with us our beautiful region and welcoming and creative people.

Where is Southern Oregon?

The Pacific Northwest of the United States includes Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Oregon is divided north to south by the Cascade Mountains, and east to west at the end of the large and fertile Willamette Valley. FFSO is in the southwest corner of Oregon, just above California. Here are some maps of Oregon.

Our club centers on the southern part of Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor, in the Rogue River Valley, containing the larger towns of Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass The elevation is about 1500 feet, with rain from November to April averaging 20 inches - 51cm. Mid-summer temperatures are in the 90s F - 32 C with dry, cool nights. In winter it freezes infrequently, and day temperatures are moderate, 50 F - 8 C.

Here are some of the places you are likely to visit when we host your group:

Crater Lake

The ancient explosion of a huge volcano, Mount Mazama, left the deepest lake in the United States, now Oregon's only National Park, established over 100 years ago.

Grants Pass

The Rogue River is a Federally designated a Wild and Scenic River in a stretch below Grants Pass. It is accessible by raft or jet boat for a thrilling ride down the rapids.

Wildlife Images takes injured native animals for healing and release. Those too damaged for the wild are kept on site as teaching aids for ecological education.

Oregon Caves Take a guided tour to experience the cool, dim rocky path through this limestone vein south of Grants Pass: stalagmites, stalactites, and stories from the past.

Jacksonville

A frontier town of the late 1800s preserved as a National Historic Landmark shows the architecture of the early settlers. Now filled with charming stores, good restaurants, and art galleries.

Jacksonville hosts the summer Britt Festival of pop, jazz and classical music in an outdoor amphitheater.

Ashland

Home to Southern Oregon University and gateway to Mount Ashland skiing. Located at the top of Bear Creek Valley, Ashland, pop. 25,000 has many fine restaurants and unique shopping.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in Ashland, this is the largest regional repertory company in the United States, with the first Elizabethan theater in the US. In a 9 month season starting in February they will present several plays by Shakespeare and other classic and contemporary plays.

Medford

The financial, medical, and population center (pop. 75,000) of the Rogue Valley (pop. 202,000).

Jazz Jubilee Showcases Oregon and national jazz artists for a weekend every October in venues all over the Medford downtown. Shuttle bus available.

Central Point

The Crater Rock Museum exhibits a vast display of rocks, fossils, minerals, gems, petrified wood & Native American items.

Dogs for the Deaf trains small dogs to assist the hearing impaired.

Klamath Lake

This is where Amtrak is accessible. Many of our ambassadors utilize the passenger train service as part of their exchange.

A major stop on the Pacific flyway for thousands of migrating birds, the Klamath Wildlife Refuge area has volcanic tunnels to explore, an informative museum about the original native people, and opportunities to canoe through the wildlife rich marshes.

Southern Oregon Wineries Always known for its agriculture, the Rogue Valley was lauded for its peaches at the turn of the last century. It is now famous for excellent pears, and sees many vineyards being established as a future trend. Tours and tasting are available.

Redwood Trees

Near the Pacific coast the towering redwood forests of Jedidiah Smith State Park form natural cathedrals. Over the hill you can dip your toe in the mighty Pacific ocean.