State & Chapter Events

Updated 24 June 2017

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State Filipendula Siskiyou
Blue Mountain High Desert South Coast
Cheahmill Klamath Basin Umpqua Valley
Corvallis Mid-Columbia Willamette Valley
Emerald Portland William Cusick


October 14, 2017 - 10am - 2pm
State Board Meeting, Hood River Library The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Mid-Columbia Chapter. Location: Hood River Library, 502 State St.
June 1–3, 2018 Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2018 The next Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by the Portland and High Desert Chapters. Please note the date change: June 1–3, Friday–Sunday, in Prineville.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244. To get on our email list, contact


For questions, or to be added to the Cheahmill Chapter's email list for reminders of upcoming programs and events, please contact the Cheahmill Chapter President at
Meeting and work party location:
Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Highway 99W and SW Second St.), McMinnville. Parking lot entrances on Adams and Second Streets.
No chapter programs are scheduled during the summer. Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 28.
August 26, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library. Join the NPSO Garden Crew working around the Carnegie Building. This mature native plant garden needs only a couple hours of crew work each month, as long as there are enough volunteers! Everyone learns how to identify local native plants vs. weeds. Bring gloves, bucket and gardening tools if you have them. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
September 28, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon. Using live samples and photographs, Oregon Master Naturalist Ken Denniston will help us learn to identify each of the 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. Using a unique, staged approach to the topic, the presentation will include simple ways to easily distinguish each conifer as well as some tricks to help everyone remember the differences. For more information on the topic, visit Ken's website, Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact
New Meeting Location: Cordley Hall at OSU, Room 2087. For more information contact or Louise Marquering, 541-753-0012.


Visit the Emerald Chapter Web site to learn more about the latest chapter events, plant lists and botanical information about Lane County plants and the people who love them.
New Meeting location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard, Suite 104, Eugene. Head east on West 3rd Avenue until it turns into Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard. Stellaria is inside Hummingbird Wholesale.
September 29, Friday, 7 pm
Program: Travels in the Countryside of Russia. Presented by Dr. Nadja Nikolaeva of the Forest Research Institute of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She will take us to different regions in Russia including the North (Karelia, Murmansk), Central (Moscow, Pskov) and Far East (Sakchalin) and show different types of vegetation and landscapes, especially birch. This is Dr. Nikolaeva’s first visit to Oregon. Co-sponsored by NPSO and the Obsidians. Location: the Obsidian Lodge located just southeast of Laurelwood Golf Course. Please visit for directions.
Stay Tuned!
Program: Little Shops of Horror—Oregon's Carnivorous Plants. Presented by Charlene Simpson. Location and date TBA.


This is a newly formed chapter for the northern Oregon coast area. For more information, visit our Facebook page: NPSO-Filipendula Chapter, or contact Field Trip Chair Carla Cole,

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Kim Elliott


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at


If you would like to receive the semi-official Chapter e-mail newsletter, The Calochortus, e-mail Don Jacobson.
Facebook: Take a look at our Facebook page. Native Plant Society of Oregon-Portland-Chapter. It will have the most up-to-date information on hike and other events as well as great plant pictures.

The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months. Meetings and programs begin at 7:00 pm. MEETING PLACE: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. Enter the church through the main door off Belmont and turn right to enter the room. Parking is available in the church lot on the NW corner of SE 54th and Belmont.

August 12, Saturday
Field Trip: Mount Hood Meadows. TENTATIVE DATE DEPENDING ON BLOOMS. When the wildflowers have dried out everyplace else this is the place to go for stunning views of a wide variety of alpine flowers. We will use the Mount Hood Meadows chair lift ($10 for the day) to quickly gain the high mountain meadows. This chair lift now runs to the top of the slope on weekends during the month of August. To sign up, contact Don Hardin at
August 19, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Umbrella Falls. Hike about 3 miles through a fir understory of anemones, bead lilies, strawberry, vanilla leaf, lupine, orchids, and huckleberries and bear grass in season. As the trail winds upwards look for alpine species including fleabane, asters, paintbrush, columbine, penstemons, shooting stars, and on a good day sixty+ species. We will leave cars for a shuttle after viewing Umbrella Falls or return an extra 2 miles via the Sahalie Falls loop. Elevation gain is 1,325 feet. I have logged more wildflowers on this hike than anyplace else. Location: meet at parking area at 9:45 am; hike starts at 10 am. Please contact Don Hardin at to sign up.
August 26, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Young’s Creek. This is a wetlands hike in Rooster Rock State Park. From Crown Point a waterfall makes a dramatic drop into Mirror Lake. Young’s Creek runs from the east end of the lake for an easy stroll of about 2 miles. The resulting wetlands are rich with flora not seen in your usual habitat—wapato, sneezeweed, spotted jewelweed, cut-leaf blackberry (and Himalayan), and, regrettably, purple loosestrife. This area is currently under water and it will be interesting to see the effect of this year’s flooding when and if the trail dries out. To sign up contact Don Hardin at
September 14, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Endangered Lilies of Oregon. Jordan Brown will speak on the conservation efforts to protect habitat for two of Oregon’s rare and endangered lilies, the Gentner’s fritillary and the western lily. Jordan works with the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Native Plant Conservation Program and is based out of an OSU office in Corvallis. Location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details.


To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to No subject or message is required. You will get a confirmation email. If you would like to volunteer to lead a hike in 2015, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
September 21, Thursday, 7 pm
Talk: Restoration of the Endangered Western Lily on the Southern Oregon Coast Hannah Schrager, stewardship coordinator for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Charleston, Oregon, will discuss the endangered Western lily (Lilium occidentale), its life history, conservation status, and the restoration efforts underway for this native plant found within a narrow 4-mile band along the Pacific coastline from Coos Bay to northern California. Hannah will also discuss some other interesting projects occurring in the southern coastal plant communities. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Alexis at or 860-878-2049.

Umpqua Valley

Visit for more information on chapter activities or to be added to our email list. Check out our Facebook page, Not online - call Donna Rawson 541-459-2821.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
August 27, Sunday
Field Trip: Hawk Mountain Huckleberry Hike. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter and Straub Environmental Center will lead an all-day hike to munch on ripe huckleberries and view the late summer flowers of Hawk Mountain, near Detroit. The 4-mile walk (with 800 feet of elevation gain) also features old growth mountain hemlock, stunning views of Mt. Jefferson, and one of the last standing fire lookout cabins in Oregon. Bring sack lunch and water. $10 for Native Plant Society members; non-members $35, $45 for families (includes one-year membership to Native Plant Society of Oregon). Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants. Register before Friday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, call 503-779-5414 or email
August 25–27, Friday–Sunday
Field Trip: Wildwood Retreat at Mt. Hood. Join Straub Environmental Center educators and Willamette Valley Chapter NPSO members for a weekend adventure in the scenic Wildwood Recreation Area near Mt. Hood. The excursion includes flower-viewing trips to Multorpor Fen and the Cascade Streamwatch Loop trail; Tribal Ecological Knowledge presentations; gourmet campfire meals with wine, and overnight lodging in the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. For more information and to register, contact Kourtney at 503-779-5227 or

William Cusick

Visit our Web site at or contact Susan Geer at 541-963-0477 or Emelie Montgomery-Jones at 541-963-3339 for updates and general information. Chapter notices and communications are done primarily through a Google group. Members are reminded to contact Susan or Emelie if they want to be added to the Google group, or if they do not have internet access and want to be contacted by phone for events.
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