State & Chapter Events

Updated 29 June 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. McKenzie River Conference Center, Rainbow, Oregon. A state board meeting will be held on Sunday. Visit the Annual Meeting website,, for the latest information.

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, Ore. 97128. Parking lot entrances on Adams and Second streets. Meetings start at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. for socializing.
July 23 and August 27, Saturdays, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join NPSO volunteers tending the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; the garden is a great place to get more familiar with local native species. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Susan Williams at or 503-538-1865.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact
July 9, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Iron Mountain and Cone Peak. Hike the Iron Mountain Cone Peak loop, identifying wildflowers in this botanical hotspot. We will return in the late afternoon. Bring a lunch and water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot southwest of the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dan: 541-752-8860 or
July 10, Sunday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Avery House. Come and help with summer clean-up at the Avery House native plant garden. Bring gloves, clippers, trowel, and a bucket. Contact Esther for more information at 541-754-0893 or
July 16, Saturday, 9 am–noon
Field Trip: Backcountry of Bald Hill Farm. Matt Blakeley-Smith will take us to parts of Bald Hill Farm that are not open to the public. We will explore the hidden corners of the property for milkweed patches and monarch butterflies. This is a rugged off trail hike of about 3 miles that may involve some bush whacking and jumping over creeks. Location: meet at the coffee stand at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 53rd and Reservoir Ave. For more information, contact Matt Blakeley-Smith, or 541-231-9861.
August 20, Saturday, 8 am – late afternoon.
Field Trip: Middle Pyramid Climb Middle Pyramid to see the blue gentians growing near the top. There are many other wildflowers along the way and the view from the top is spectacular. Four miles round-trip, 2,000 ft. elevation change, with the first part easy and the last part difficult. Bring lunch and water, walking sticks if you use them, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot, southwest of the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dan: 541-752-8860, or


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.
July 9, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Field Trip: Upper Elk Meadows. Alan Curtis leads this hike, located 30 miles from Cottage Grove. Elevation is 4,000 ft. Over 200 species of vascular plants have been identified here. We expect to see Frasera umpquaensis and several orchid species. Surrounding the meadow is an old-growth forest of Abies amabilis, Abies grandis, and Pseudotsuga menziesii. We will walk 1.5 miles through moist meadow. Wear boots and bring lunch and water. Location: meet at South Eugene High School at 19th and Patterson. For more information call 541-345-5531.
July 23, Saturday, 8:30 am
Field Trip: South Jetty Dunes. Ed Alverson will lead an exploration of coastal dune habitats just south of Florence. In the morning we will visit South Beach Park, a 300 acre undeveloped Lane County Park with extensive dune and deflation plain communities, to develop a plant list. An optional afternoon hike will visit a nearby site on U.S. Forest Service land to look for an adder's-tongue, Ophioglossum pusillum, population that was last observed in the 1990s. Each hike will be about 2 miles round trip. Location: meet at South Eugene High School at 19th and Patterson to carpool. For more information, call Ed Alverson at 541-461-1958.


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,
July 9, Saturday, 9 am
Hike: Saddle Mountain. Join us for an exploration of the diverse habitats found on the tallest mountain in Clatsop County. Coniferous forests with Abies amabilis, A. grandis, A. procera, and Taxus brevifolia; riparian zones, seeps, meadows, talus slopes, and a summit rock garden. Saddle Mountain supports high species diversity, endemics (e.g., Micranthes hitchcockiana), and species at their northern (e.g., Cardamine californica), southern (e.g., Geum triflorum var. ciliatum) and western (e.g., Anemone multifida) range limits. The trail climbs 1600 ft. in 2.5 miles for a strenuous 5 mile round trip, but at a botanist's pace we won't cover the whole trail. Location: meet at the Saddle Mountain trailhead off Highway 26 at 9 am. Contact Carla Cole at to register and if interested in carpooling. The hike will be limited to 12 participants.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
August 10, Wednesday
Field Trip: Fen Exploration with Rick Dewey. We will explore a fen on the Soda Creek drainage with Rick Dewey, the Forest Service's bryophyte (moss) expert and wetland enthusiast for the entire Pacific Northwest. Fens are rich in biodiversity and Rick is loaded with information. Come appreciate the minutia and learn about this unique habitat. A hand lens and rubber boots are recommended. Check our website ( for details.
August 20–21, Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–4:30 pm
Class: Botanical Illustration. Learn botanical illustration with local artist Rebecca Brown-Thompson in her studio. You can take one or both classes. Saturday: field sketching class. Learn drawing techniques with an emphasis on plant illustration. $25 material fee. Sunday: color class. Watercolor painting and colored pencil techniques and color mixing. $35 material fee. Some drawing experience (i.e. the field sketching class) is required for the color class. Check our website ( for details and registration.

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
The Mid-Columbia Chapter will be in the field for the summer, so no meetings will be held until our September program. Happy botanizing until then.


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. Since January 2016 we have been meeting at TaborSpace in Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, 97215. Enter the church through the main door off Belmont and turn right to enter Copeland Commons. Parking is available in the church lot on the NW corner of SE 54th and Belmont. Meetings and programs begin at 7:00 pm.

August 6, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Silver Star Mountain. The rocky soil and open meadows of Silver Star Mountain offer subalpine and alpine wildflowers not usually seen at this low (4,390 ft.) elevation. Climbing higher takes us back in time to earlier spring flowers, including Xerophyllum tenax, Calochortus subalpinus, Erythronium montanum, Lewisia columbiana, Ligusticum grayi, and five penstemon species. The summit view offers five-volcanoes, the Columbia River, and Vancouver and Portland. This moderate hike is 5.6 miles round trip with a 1240 ft. gain along a high ridge. Hiking boots and poles recommended, bring lunch, water, binoculars, etc. For more information and to sign up, contact Ginny at and include a cell phone number for the hike day.
September 8, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Conservation and Johnson Creek. Noah Jenkins, riparian program manager of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, will discuss native wetland plants, removal of invasive vegetation, and the conservation efforts at Johnson Creek Watershed. Location: Copeland Commons at TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont in Portland. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.


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:
July 10, Sunday, 8:30 am
Field Trip: Cook and Green Pass Botanical Area. We will visit Elk Meadow Basin in the California portion of the Applegate watershed. Focus of the trip is the flora and a unique wetland. Brewer’s spruce, Baker’s cypress, azaleas, Wiggins’ lily, California ladyslipper orchids, Newberry’s gentian, Klamath Mtn. serpentine endemics, etc. Cross-country hiking with lots of elevation gain and loss but not too brushy. Plan on a long day. Location: rendezvous and carpool in the large public parking lot at the west end of West D St. in Jacksonville, Oregon. Call trip leader Wayne Rolle, 541-482-0093, for more information. Folks coming from other locations may call the trip leader to arrange additional rendezvous points.
July 30, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Crater Lake National Park. We will visit Poison Meadows on the western boundary of the Park. Join Jennifer Beck, Crater Lake National Park botanist, for a moderate off trail hike on rolling terrain through forest stands and meadows. We will see a variety of plants, including Mt. Mazama (Collomia mazama), leather grape-fern (Sceptridium multifidum), and mountain owl clover (Orthocarpus imbricatus). Bring lunch, hat, and sunscreen. Location: meet at the junction of Deer Creek Road (NF 6260) and Highway 62 (just east of the junction of Highways 62 & 230). Dirt road drive to hiking spot is 30-45 minutes. For more info, contact

South Coast

This is a newly formed chapter. For more information, contact the chapter president, Alexis Brickner 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.
August 11, Thursday, 7 pm
Presentation: Restoring the Monarch Butterfly with Native Plants. The monarch butterfly, which migrates thousands of miles and has traditionally flourished throughout much of North America, including here in Oregon, is in decline. Tom Landis, retired U.S. Forest Service nursery specialist, will share the current situation of this butterfly and discuss its primary host plant, the milkweed, and the other important nectar plants (ones you can grow in your yard) that help support the butterfly. Find out what we can do to help reverse downward population trends for this impressive species. Our chapter has Asclepias speciosa seed to give away. Refreshments will be served. Location: Mercy Community Education Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
July 3, Sunday, 7 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Iron Mountain. Enjoy one of the best wildflower hikes in Oregon. Iron Mountain (near Sweet Home) has over 300 different species amid stands of trees and meadows. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead the all-day hike over a seven-mile loop with elevation gain. Bring food and water. Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.

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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