State & Chapter Events

Updated 02 May 2016

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


July 15–17, 2016, Friday–Sunday
Annual Meeting 2016 Emerald Chapter will host the 2016 NPSO Annual Meeting on a private forested 46 acre property near the majestic McKenzie River, a fifty-minute drive from Eugene. Location: McKenzie River Conference Center, Rainbow, Oregon. For the most current information, visit the annual meeting website,

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244. To get on our email list, contact
May 7, Saturday, 9 am–noon
Field Trip: Iskulpa Creek Overlook. Iskulpa Creek overlook is just beyond the crest of Cabbage Hill, about a 20 minute drive. We'll also make stops at a couple other spots on the way back, returning by noon. Location: meet at the County Health Clinic parking lot (south side), across from the Prodigal Son, to carpool. For information call Bruce Barnes 541-276-5547.
May 28–29, Saturday–Sunday
Field Trip: Zumwalt Prairie. An overnight field trip to Zumwalt Prairie, northeast of Enterprise. A tram ride up Mt. Howard at the end of Wallowa Lake is possible, but it may be under snow. Another side trip is a visit to Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site on the east edge of Joseph, which is mostly native prairie, and should be at its peak. Accommodations include motels in Joseph or Enterprise, or a bunk house at Zumwalt Prairie. If you want to go, RSVP right away: 541-377-2634 or
June 18, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Ruckel Ridge. An all-day trip to Ruckel Ridge from end to end: Ruckel Ridge Grand Ronde and Umatilla watersheds, between LaGrande and Pendleton. A gravel road rides the ridge for about 12 miles, considered one of the best wildflower places in Oregon. If you are coming from the east, let me know and we can set a time to meet at the Mt. Emily exit off I-84. Location: meet at the Health Dept. parking lot across the street east of the Prodigal Son.


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
May 28, Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Event: Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. ID wildflowers and weeds, buy native plants, and tour the library’s native plant garden. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Hwy 99W and SW 2nd St.). Parking lot entrances on Adams and 2nd Streets. For more information, call 503-835-1042.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at
May 9, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Blackberries in the Willamette Valley. Blackberries were introduced into the Pacific Northwest for cultivation and have since spread throughout the Willamette Valley. These invasive non-natives are challenging the habitat of our native endemic species. Kim Hummer of the National Germplasm Repository will talk about the ecological challenge, genetics, and diseases of these alien invaders. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For more information contact Esther McEvoy at 541-754-0893 or
May 15, Sunday 1–4 pm
Work Party: Avery House Native Plant Garden. Come and help spruce up the native plant garden. Bring clippers, shovel, gloves, and a bucket. Contact Esther for more information at 541-754-0893.
May 22, Sunday, 9 am
Hike: Marys Peak. We will hike from the camp ground to the summit and back through the woods. Bring a lunch, sturdy hiking boots, and raingear. We will return to Corvallis by mid afternoon. Location: meet at 9 am at the parking lot across from the Monroe Beanery to carpool. Contact Esther at 541-754-0893 to sign up.


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.
Meeting location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, 2411 Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn off MLK Blvd. onto Scout Access Rd. across from Autzen and take the first left into the parking lot. The meeting room is on the right side as you face the building.
May 1, Sunday, 10 am–noon
Field Trip: Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Join local ecologists Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse in enjoying the vibrant spring life at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Peg and Bruce will identify and talk about flowers and trees, birds and bees, and anything else you please! Rain or shine. This event is a collaboration between the Arboretum and NPSO. Location: meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Cost $7, Members FREE. Preregistration required, call 541-747-3817 or visit
May 13–14, Friday–Saturday
Volunteer: Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Show. We will spend all day Friday and Saturday morning in the field collecting plants. Please contact Matt Groberg at 541-954-5334 or for information on how and where you can collect and for assistance on where to obtain the required collection permits for federal, state or city property. Saturday is a chance to work elbow to elbow with field botanists who can identify plants. We need people to help place plants in vases and to identify and put plants out for display at the Arboretum. Come for a couple of hours or all day from 9 am–3 pm. On Sunday, May 15 the Wildflower Show is from 10 am to 5 pm in the Arboretum White Oak Pavilion. Directions: In south Eugene go east from I-5 at 30th Avenue and follow Seavey Loop Road to Mount Pisgah.
June 4, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: South Eugene Meadows City Park. Emily Steel of Eugene Parks and Open Space and Ed Miesen, the former property owner, will lead a tour of this large natural area in the Ridgeline Park System. This park has recently undergone major restoration to improve the condition of regionally rare oak and upland prairie habitats. We will walk 2-3 miles on foot paths and occasionally through vegetation. Location: meet at 19th and Patterson in the South Eugene High School parking lot. We will return to the school before 2 pm. For more information call 541-345-5531.
June 11, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Horse Rock Ridge Alan Curtis leads a 3-mile hike to a steep, rocky meadow high in the Coburg Hills north of Springfield. Enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and great botanical diversity. Bring water and lunch. Location: meet at South Eugene High School, 19th and Patterson. For more information call 541-345-5531.


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,
May 21, Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
BioBlitz: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Hundreds of National Parks across the country will be celebrating the NPS Centennial with Bioblitzes and Biodiversity Festivals on this day. At this Lewis and Clark event, the focus will be on pollinators and plants along the Netul River. In addition to activities and presentations open to the public, Kathleen Sayce, president of the Filipendula Chapter, will be leading two botanical forays wherein participants will learn the plants in the park and record the phenology of selected species using the National Phenology Network's Project Budburst protocols. Group size for these inventories will be limited to 12, and participants must sign up through a National Park Service Bioblitz portal. See for details.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
June 11–12 Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Event: Central Oregon Wildflower Show. Our chapter collaborates with the Sunriver Nature Center to host this annual native plant showcase! Native plants on display, native plant sale, and guest speakers. Volunteers welcome to help out during the two-day show. Admission $6 adults, $4 children. For more information, visit the chapter website. Location: Sunriver Nature Center, 57245 River Rd.

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
May 13, Friday, 11 am–2 pm
Hike: Grass ID with Rick Shory Location TBA, Pre-registration will be required. Contact Don Hardin for details at
May 13, Friday, 6–9 pm
Program: Grass Recognition. Co-sponsored by Mid-Columbia NPSO and WNPS Suksdorfia, Rick Shory will present a program that is ALL about the Poa. Swing by early for a combined meeting with both boards around 6, program at 7:00. Location: White Salmon, Wash., details TBA. Contact Don Hardin for details at
May 19, Thursday, 2:30–4:45 pm
Field Trip: Yellow Star Thistle in the Gorge. Marty Hudson will lead a tour of two sites infested with yellow star thistle. We will start at the Burdoin Mt. parking area at the base of Courtney Road, several miles east of Bingen. Please contact Will Bloch in advance: 509-493-3572 or
May 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Yellow Star-Thistle in the Gorge. Learn about the location and management of yellow star thistle infestations on Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Location: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 1, Room 1.362, 400 Scenic Drive, The Dalles. Further information: Billy Don Robinson, 503-515-1708 or


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.

Meeting Location: The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm. Beginning in January 2016 the Portland Chapter will have a NEW MEETING PLACE: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. We will meet in Muir Hall; enter the church through the main door off of Belmont between SE 54th and 55th, turn left and the room will be on your right. Parking is available in the church lot on the NW corner of SE 54th and Belmont.

May 11, Wednesday, noon
Field Trip: Urban Lunch-Hour Walk, Tanner Springs Park. Rick Shory, who has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist, will lead the walk. Location: Tanner Springs Park, between NW Marshall and NW Northrup Sts, and NW 10th and 11th Aves in downtown Portland. The parks department has gathered together in this sunny "restoration ecology" some native wildflowers that you would have to travel far to see in their natural haunts. Meet at the SW corner of NW Marshall St. and NW 11th Ave. If you are late it will be easy to spot us as the entire park is just one city block. Sign up is not required, but will allow the leader to contact you if anything changes: or 503-253-8100.
May 11, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Field Trip: Camassia Preserve. asy one-mile hike. A profusion of Camassia quamash will hopefully be in full bloom as well as 300 other plant species. Location: meet at the entrance, 5000 Walnut Street, West Linn. This trip may be delayed if weather is not agreeable so contact Jason Clinch at or 503-706-2404 to sign up or with any questions. If you can't get there by 5:30 and still want to join, let Jason know. The preserve is small so you still may be able to join the group.
May 12, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: New Wildflower Hikes in Oregon. Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of some of the state’s spectacular wildflower trails, in both newly preserved wilderness and endangered areas, which he researched for the new editions of his “100 Hikes” guidebooks. His brother, Steven Sullivan, will also be on hand to demonstrate his free online program, which identifies what is blooming when in the USA. William Sullivan’s books will be available for purchase. Location: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont. This event will meet in the Copeland Commons at Taborspace. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
May 19, Thursday, 9 am
Field Trip: Cape Horn Trail. Hike from Salmon Falls Road Park & Ride to Nancy Russell Overlook and back. This is a moderate hike of 5 miles round trip with a 700 ft. gain. We will view mid-spring wildflowers. The hike is mostly forest with fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge at and near the top. Location: meet at Gateway Park & Ride in Portland at 8 am to carpool or at the trailhead at 9 am. Contact Ron Klump at for more information or to sign up for the hike.
June 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: From Stumptown to Tree Town: Interpreting Portland’s History through Heritage Trees. Portland’s heritage trees are rooted in history. Individuals, events, and laws as well as human and natural processes have shaped the city’s urban canopy for millennia. David-Paul Hedberg, environmental historian, explores how humans and nature have interacted in the city and how we can connect with the past through heritage trees — the living artifacts of our past. Location: Taborspace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
June 11, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Larch Mt. Hike. This is a moderate to strenuous hike, an approximately 6.4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 1300 ft. through mostly forest and some riparian. We will also view wildflowers that have emerged from recent snowmelt within the last several weeks. Contact Ron Klump at for more information or to sign up for the hike.
June 19, Sunday, 8 am 
Field Trip: Trapper Creek. This 5,969-acre wilderness protects most of the Trapper Creek drainage and provides critical anadromous fish habitat in the Wind River watershed. We will take the Sisters Rocks trail from Road 5800 to the top of Observation Peak, passing through a silver fir nature preserve. If we make the entire trip, it is 5.6 miles round trip with a 1390 ft. gain. Expect to see old growth forest plants as well as bear grass, penstemons, paintbrush, gentian, and Campanula on the higher rocky outcrops. Leaders: Nancy Chapman and Willow Elliot. To sign up for the hike and get information on carpooling, contact


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:
May 5, Thursday, 4:30–7 pm
Walk: Wagner Creek Loop Plant Appreciation. Join Jeanine Moy, Adopt a Botanical Area coordinator, and Kristi Mergenthaler, Siskiyou Chapter NPSO president, for a woody shrub and tree identification easy walk along the Wagner Creek Loop above Talent. We’ll see some lovely non-woody flowering plants too. This shady older riparian forest can be cool so bring layers. Carpool leaves from Ray's Market in Talent at 4:30 pm. For more info contact Jeannine at 541-488-5789.
May 7, Saturday, 9–11 am
Field Trip: Plant Oregon Nursery. Steve Siewert from Plant Oregon will give a tour and discussion of this 40 acre nursery specializing in native and PNW adapted trees, shrubs, and plants. Plant Oregon has been involved in many riparian restoration projects along the Rogue and Applegate rivers as well as a variety of landscape remediation projects. Location: 8677 Wagner Creek Road, Talent. For more information contact Julie Spelletich, 541-951-1744 or
May 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Species — They May or May Not Be What You Think Stephen Meyers will discuss several species concepts and definitions, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each concept. Dr. Meyers has a Master’s degree in genetics and a Ph.D. in botany from Oregon State University. 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 Dave at 541-535-5355.
June 2, Thursday, 4 pm
Field Trip: Wine & Wildflowers at Hobart Bluff. For flowers and fun, Jeanine and Kristi will lead an interpretive hike to the most scenic location on the Rogue Valley rim (via the Pacific Crest Trail from Soda Mt. Rd.). We’ll examine dozens of wildflower species and some of the early butterflies that define the biodiversity of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. Location: meet at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak Street, Ashland, to carpool. For information, email or call541-488-5789.

South Coast

This is a newly formed chapter. For more information, contact the chapter president, Alexis Brickner at
June 11, Saturday
Field Trip: Proposed Veva Stansell Botanical Area. Explore a unique botanical area on serpentine soils, 45 minutes east of Gold Beach. This area has been nominated by NPSO and Kalmiopsis Audubon Society as the Veva Stansell Botanical Area. We will be hiking to the top of Signal Buttes and the historic McKinley Mine. Total length is 4.1 miles with 828 ft. gain. Location: meet at the Gold Beach Visitors Center at 9 am to carpool. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and sturdy boots, poles recommended. Limited to 12 participants, please RSVP. Contact Alexis Brickner at or Al Collinet at

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 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
May 7, Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Silver Falls State Park Wildflower Walks. As part of the Silver Falls State Park Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival, John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead two one-hour wildflower hikes along the rim near the South Falls. Location: meet at the South Falls Stone Circle at 11 am and noon for the start of the trips. Free and open to the public.
May 13, Friday, 6 pm
Field Trip: Bush Park Wildflower Walk. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead a walk to view dozens of wildflowers in Bush Park and Deepwood Museum and Gardens. Location: meet at the bottom of the Soapbox Derby track in Bush Park. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.
May 21, Saturday, 9 am–12:30 pm
Class and Field Trip: Gardening for Pollinators. Gail Gredler, horticultural instructor at Chemeketa Community College, will talk about garden designs and practices that provide food and habitat for pollinators. Topics include planting flowers that bloom from early spring until late fall, incorporating larval host plants in your landscape, reducing pesticides, and creating nesting sites for native bees. A field trip to the botanical gardens at Willamette University will follow the class. Location: Straub Environmental Center, 1320 A Street NE, Salem 97301, next to Olinger Pool. Cost: $10. To register, call Catherine Alexander at 503-391-4145 or visit Co-sponsored by Willamette Valley Chapter and Straub Environmental Center.

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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