State & Chapter Events

Updated 23 March 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


April 1, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Board Meeting The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Emerald Chapter in Eugene.
June 9–11 2017, Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 Corvallis and Umpqua Valley Chapters will jointly host the NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 in Roseburg, with the meeting location at Phoenix School. A State Board meeting will be held on Sunday. Field trip descriptions and registration form are in this Bulletin. For additional information, visit

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.
April 15, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library. Join the NPSO Garden Crew working around the Carnegie building. The demonstration garden, which should be blooming beautifully in April, needs only a couple hours work by a crew each month. Dress for the weather and 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.
April 27, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: 24 Years of Change in the Tree Community of Forest Park. Dr. Nancy Broshot, biology professor at Linfield College, will speak about her past and present research on Forest Park in Portland. She began studying the park in 1993 and found increased tree mortality and few young trees. Using lichens as an indicators species, she found evidence that the cause of the changing tree community may be air pollution. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.
April 29, Saturday at 10:00
Field Trip: Deer Creek Nature Park between McMinnville and Sheridan. To celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week, Cheahmill Chapter founding member Dave Hanson will lead a tour of Deer Creek Nature Park. This county park contains the largest wet prairie ecosystem in the lower Willamette Valley. Rubber boots are recommended. Bring lunch. Location: From McMinnville, drive south on Hwy 18, at Gopher Valley Road, turn right (north). The park is on the left side of the road 5.5 miles from the intersection with Hwy 18. For more information contact Dave Hanson,


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.
April 10, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Restoration Project at Chip Ross Park. Jon Pywell, Corvallis urban forester, will talk about the restoration project that has taken place at Chip Ross Park. Topics include decisions made, treatments used, and what plants were removed or replaced. Restoration projects will be happening in the next few years at Witham Hill, Bald Hill, and Herbert and Kendall Natural Areas, so this is an opportunity to understand what the city is doing. Location: Room 2087 Cordley Hall, 2701 SW Campus Way, OSU. For information contact Judi Sanders,, or Louise Marquering, or 541-753-0012.
April 26, Wednesday, 5:30–8 pm
Field Trip: Sunset Picnic and Wildflowers with Greenbelt Land Trust. Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week and come explore a private natural area managed by the Greenbelt Land Trust on Riverside Dr. in Albany. This site has an abundance of spring wildflowers, ponds, and wildlife that is not publicly accessible. We’ll walk through prairies and oak woodlands on mostly flat ground, but wear boots since there are wet areas. We’ll have a picnic dinner on the grass and we suggest you pick up a burrito at La Rockita in downtown Corvallis (Western and 4th St.) prior to meeting at the Greenbelt office four blocks away on SW Western Blvd and SW 1st St. If it’s raining, we’ll eat our picnic inside. For more information call Matt at 541-752-9609.


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.
April 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Oregon Flora Project Website Updates. Thea Jaster tells us how "the Oregon Flora Project is transforming its interface with the world!" Join us for a sneak preview of the new OregonFlora (yes, one word) website. We will guide you through the sleek new design with enhanced mapping and plant identification tools. Tour the newly-minted gardening portal, an interface to select native Oregon species for your landscaping projects. Location: upstairs in the Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd. in Eugene, see above for details.


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
February 16, Thursday
Program: TBA. The chapter will meet with time, location, and program TBA. Watch for further information via email.


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.

March 31, Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek. The premiere early flower spot in the Gorge, where we will search for grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, toothworts, several desert parsleys, and others. Easy walking route to five miles with 800 ft. gain. Location: Meet at the Catherine Creek trailhead at 10 am or carpool from Gateway Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Approximate return time to Portland is 4:30 pm. Drive is 120 miles round trip. To sign up for the hike or for more information, contact Ron Klump at 360-619-8892 or
April 8, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lacamas and Round Lakes near Camas, Wash. Easy hike, about a 2.5-mile loop around lake front, forested slopes, and flowered meadows. Hope to catch camas and avalanche lilies in bloom in the oak balds. To sign up for the hike or for more information, contact Ron Klump, 360-619-8892 or
April 13, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Alpine of North America, the Last Region Still without Major Human Influence. The North American alpine biome is found at higher elevations above the timberline in the southern Sierra and Rocky Mountains and becomes lower in elevation farther north in the Sierra, Cascade, and Rocky Mountains. It is also situated in the most northern peaks of the Appalachian Mountains of New England and Chic-Choc Range of the Gaspe' Peninsula of Quebec, Canada. Learn from botanist Dennis W. Woodland how plants have developed survival adaptations in this harsh biome. The flora and ecology of each of these geographical regions will be discussed, with many lovely alpine species illustrated. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Willow at or 503-358-5848.
April 15, Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Memaloose Hills. Wildflower hike in the east Gorge, moderate, 5–6 miles, 800 ft. gain. This hike is jam-packed with flower species, including the rare violet suksdorfia and big shows of balsamroot. It also boasts a pioneer road, basalt formations, and views of the Columbia River and Cascade peaks. Located just east of the town of Mosier, this hike was a favorite of Russ Jolley. 140 mile round-trip drive. Co-leaders Beth Magnus and Clarice Johnston. Contact Clarice to sign up and receive carpool information: Departure time 8:30; return to Portland approximately 4:30.
April 19, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Field Trip: Canemah Bluff Natural Area. This Metro property sits above the historic riverboat community of Canemah, off US 99E in Oregon City. It features restored meadows full of camas, Brodiaea, lilies, rosy plectritis, and oak and fir woodlands. Metro’s science team has removed invasive plants and strategically thinned trees to help restore the oak habitat. The 2013 Natural Areas Levy has enabled Metro to add ADA access, improve the trails through the prairie, and add a nice overlook with art installations. Limited to 12 people. Parking is very limited, please carpool. Location: 815 4th Ave., Oregon City. For more information contact leader Jason Clinch, or 503-706-2404.
April 22, Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, with an hour for lunch
Native Plant Keying Workshop, Reed College, Biology Building Botanical keys can be very daunting. This one-day class will teach you how to use a key to identify live or pressed plants. The first part of the day will be with plants in a classroom, learning how to read a key and getting familiar with basic technical vocabulary. The class will be highly interactive, to get you the knowledge you need to improve your keying skills. Later, you’ll take your knowledge into the field, bringing your flora with you and keying out plants in their native habitats. Fee of $10 to cover materials. Bring a copy of Hitchcock & Cronquist’s Flora of the Pacific Northwest if you have one. Please register by emailing You will receive more detailed information about the workshop when your spot is reserved. Leader: Brent Miller
April 23, Sunday, 9:30 am–11:30 am
Field Trip: The Great Camas Scotch Broom Pull. We have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch broom on this piece of property near Carson, Wash. that Russ Jolley loved and cared for. We will be removing new sprouts and remaining plants. We’ll have saws and loppers but it may be helpful to bring yours also. Please do bring gloves and clippers. We will work for about 1.5 hours, followed by a quick lunch and optional hike at nearby Lost Creek (see below). Those not hiking may do a short botany trip in the area before carpooling back to Portland. Co-led by Roger Brewer, Portland Chapter, and Don Hardin, Suksdorfia Chapter, Washington Native Plant Society. Contact Roger Brewer, for carpool information.
April 23, Sunday
Field Trip: Giant Trees of Lost Creek. The price of admission to this hike is a morning stint of Scotch broom pulling (see above). Reward your labors with a hike underneath the ancient Douglas-fir and western red cedar trees of Lost Creek. In the late 1990s, Russ Jolley helped save this 170 acres of big old trees from a timber sale. We will follow an unofficial path on a fairly easy 1.5 mile loop. Expect to walk across streams on logs and climb over or around fallen trees. We will leave from the Great Camas Patch. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots and warm jackets and hats. Contact Susan Saul for more information,
April 23rd, Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Plant Identification with the Oregon Flora Project (Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232, next to the Circuit Climbing Gym) Presenters: Thea Jaster and Linda Hardison, Oregon Flora Project
Wondering about the name of that wildflower? Frustrated trying to remember that plant family? The Oregon Flora Project (OFP) is here to help! Come learn about OFP resources that will inform and inspire your botanical endeavors. We will present some basics about plant features, then practice keying out local plants with the Oregon Wildflowers app. Registration is required; this workshop is limited to 25 people. Contact Thea at: if you’d like to participate.
April 24, Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank Open House Location: Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank, Science and Research Training Center, Portland State University
The Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program was established in 1983, and currently holds seed representing over 350 of our region’s rarest and most vulnerable plants. We were the first seed bank in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the conservation of rare native plants. Come see what a seed lab is all about. Take a peek at the seeds of a multitude of Oregon plant species under the stereo microscope. Watch a slideshow of some of our rarest and loveliest plant species. Enjoy some evening nibbles. Find out about our new community science program, Citizen’s Rare Plant Watch, which was originally founded by NPSO volunteers, and is dependent on dedicated volunteers for its existence. A kind of serious treasure hunt for rare plant populations, CRPW provides crucial support to public agencies across the state that are tasked with preserving our natural riches. We’ll tell you what we’ve done and what we’ve learned so far, and about upcoming opportunities to explore Oregon lands while serving your northwest community.
April 25, Tuesday, 6 pm
Field Trip: Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Join us to explore the abundance of native wildflowers at Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Rick Shory has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist and will share wildflower insights. We’ll hike through prairies, forest, and oak woodlands, including nicely restored oak savannah habitat. If the sky is clear, we will enjoy expansive views of the Tualatin Valley and Chehalem Hills. Long sleeves and pants recommended, there is extensive poison oak. Pets are not allowed in the park. Led by Rick Shory, Melanie Nead, and Brenda Hamilton. Location: Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. To sign up, contact Brenda Hamilton, or 510-205-5849.
April 25th, Tuesday, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Paddle and Plant Walk at Elk Rock Island Leader: Mary Bushman (City of Portland) and Marci Krass (Willamette Riverkeeper)
Elk Rock Island is located on the Willamette River just offshore from the City of Milwaukie boat ramp just south of Portland (about 20 minutes south of the Hawthorne Bridge). Elk Rock Island is owned and managed by Portland Parks and Recreation. If you love to explore the flora and fauna of oak and prairie habitats (Saxifraga occidentallis, Lomatium triternatum, Fritillaria affinis, Piperia elegans, Plagiobothrys figuratus, Gratiola ebracteata), Elk Rock Island is a great place for those explorations. Vernal pools on the island are particularly interesting. City staff has been monitoring unique plants, water quality, and critters in the vernal pools. On this boat trip you will experience the thirteen acre island from the water and on foot. Registration is required due to the limited number of canoes. Willamette Riverkeeper will be providing use of canoes, PFD’s and paddle free of charge. No paddling experience is necessary. If you have your own boat and plan to bring it along please let us know when you register. Registration link at
April 26, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Field Trip: Camassia Preserve Easy one mile hike through a Nature Conservancy preserve named for the common camas (Camassia quamash), which blooms profusely here in April and early May. This preserve hosts more than 300 plant species. Its rocky plateau was exposed 12,000–19,000 years ago when the Bretz or Missoula Floods swept soil and vegetation from parts of the Willamette Valley. Location: meet us at the Preserve entrance, 5000 Walnut St., West Linn. The preserve is small so you could still join the group if running late. For more information contact hike leader Jason Clinch, or 503-706-2404. Limited to 12 people. Parking is very limited, please carpool.
April 26, Wednesday,5:00pm – 6:15pm
Presentation: Lilla & John Leach – Botanical Explorers Location: Manor House at the Leach Botanical Garden
Join us for a slideshow presentation of the life, botanical explorations, and plant discoveries of Lilla and John Leach. Come before the presentation starts to explore the Leach Botanical Garden; NPAW is a great time of year to see a diversity of flowers in bloom at the garden! The lower parking lot will be kept open during the event. Please note that the 122nd Ave bridge is closed to car traffic; the attached map of alternate driving routes to the parking lot is also available on
April 27, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Native Plants and Pollinators of Mt. Hood Location: Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym)
Leader: David Lebo
Bark will be co-sponsoring this event with the Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO-PDX) to explore the expansive world of the pollinators and their plants. Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, and wasps. This event will include a presentation by David Lebo, Lead Botanist for the Mt. Hood National Forest, who is collaborating on a project with Bark and NPSO-PDX for the collection of seeds of plants which promote pollinators in our backyard forest. Come learn about what types of habitats and plant species these important creatures need to continue to function within their critical roles. Then learn how to get involved with Bark’s upcoming work to restore pollinator habitat on Mt. Hood! Call us at 503-331-0374 or email at to reserve your spot.
April 28th, Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Oregon’s Flora: A Musical Exploration Cost: $5-15 sliding scale
Location: Leaven Community Center
Join us on a journey through Oregon’s plant communities accompanied by music. Pieces will conjure different plant communities while photos or footage of the plants are projected. This is a collaboration between the Creative Music Guild and the Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. The Creative Music Guild is a Portland, Oregon all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote experimental, improvised music by presenting concerts, workshops and other events that bring together internationally recognized musicians with local performers, audiences and music students of all ages. For over twenty years, the CMG has been a leader in cultivating Portland’s experimental and improvised music. Some of the Artists/Groups: The Secret Drum Band, Mike Gamble, Jonathan Niekrasz and Sage Fisher, Marisa Anderson and Sam Coomes.
April 29, Saturday
Field Trip: Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The Willard Springs Foot Trail is a mostly flat 3.8 mile loop along the edge of the open marsh and into the pines. The different habitats along the trail provide some of the greatest diversity of wildflower species in the Columbia Gorge—up to 70 in a single hike—including Corallorhiza and some other uncommon species. Group size is limited, please register by contacting Ron Klump at For further hike details contact Don Hardin at
May 9, Tuesday, Noon
Field Trip: Urban Lunch Hour Walk, Tanner Springs Park. Led by Rick Shory, who has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist. In this sunny "restoration ecology," the parks department has gathered some native wildflowers you would have to travel far to see in their natural haunts. Water features make a pleasant retreat from the urban bustle. Location: Meet at the SW corner of the park, NW Marshall and NW 11th Ave. in downtown Portland. If you get there late we will be easy to spot 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, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Wildflowers of Northern Arizona. Join Corvallis Chapter members Dan Luoma and Joyce Eberhart as they re-create exploring the spectacular wildflowers and landscapes of northern Arizona. From 5,000 ft. near Boynton Canyon and Secret Mountain to the highest reaches of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, there was tremendous variety in bloom. Views from Walnut Canyon National Monument and the Grand Canyon are also included. Meeting location: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Willow at or 503-358-5848.


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:
April 8, Saturday, 10:00am
Herbert Stone Nursery Tour April 8, Saturday, 10:00am Herbert Stone Nursery Tour Tour the Forest Service - J Herbert Stone Nursery with Sasha Joachims; NPSO member, BLM Botanist and Jason McNeil; JHS horticulturalist. A rare opportunity to see the stunning Collinsia grandiflora in full bloom. 2606 Old Stage Rd., Central Point, Oregon 97502. Meet at the Hanley Road nursery entrance gate at 10:00. For more information contact Julie Spelletich at 541 951-1744
April 15, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Hike: Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside. This wildflower hike will be over moderately level ground, some on wheelchair-accessible trail. Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water. No dogs please. There are picnic tables if you want to bring lunch. Location: meet at the Wayside parking area on Hwy 199, just south of the Illinois Valley Airport near Cave Junction. For more information call Suzanne Vautier, 541-291-8860.
April 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Conservation of Applegate’s Milkvetch—One of Oregon’s Most Imperiled Plants. Applegate’s milkvetch, Astragalus applegatei, is a narrow endemic of moist alkali meadows in southern Klamath County, Oregon. Once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1983 and is now known to exist at only six sites in or near the city of Klamath Falls. Dr. Kerry Byrne will discuss the challenges and successes of conserving this species, with a focus on reproductive biology and demographic monitoring. Byrne is currently an assistant professor at Oregon Tech. This fall, she will begin a new position at Humboldt State University in the Department of Environmental Science and Management. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.

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. New business meeting and program location: Room 310 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg.
Meeting place for field trips: The large parking lot between the Douglas County Library and Douglas County Courthouse (west side of Fowler St. near the creek). Please contact M.A. Hansen at 541-863-8111 (call or text) if you plan to attend any of our field trips.
March 26, Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a Monolithic Outcropping of Conglomerate in the Lower Cow Creek Watershed We will explore lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polystichum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek, where we will amble on Beatty Rock then hike a short way up a brushy streamside trail to view serpentine-tolerant plant species. The second stop is the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping, mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns as well as hiking a quarter mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches (moderate strenuous effort). Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. See above for location and contact information.
April 1, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Severt Iverson County Park and Tenmile Creek. Iverson Park has served as a rest stop and a gathering for weddings, anniversaries, and peaceful walks for 50 years. In April 2016 we joined up with John Hunter and Friends of Iverson Park to enjoy a stroll in the pristine woods and continue a plant identification survey. In the short time we were there we roughly identified 42 plant species, including Trillium ovatum, Erythronium oregonum, and fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). Join us for a return trip to enjoy this park and explore Tenmile Creek that runs through it. It's just a few miles out the Coos Bay Wagon Road from Lookingglass. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. See above for location and contact information.
April 9, Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Ford’s Pond and other Sites between Sutherlin and Roseburg. The City of Sutherlin partnered with the Friends of the Ford’s Pond on a grant application to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Jim Houseman has been working toward developing a park there for some years now. Next on the city’s to-do list is finding a landscaping architect through bid proposals. We are planning to continue a native plant survey there and we will also explore other sites close to Roseburg for early April wildflowers. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. See above for location and contact information.
April 22, Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Community Event: Earth Day Celebration and Fair. Be sure to visit our booth when you come to the Earth Day Fair. Members are ready to answer questions and offer handouts. We also have landscaping information. Entry fee is canned food for the local food bank. Location: Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, I-5 exit 123.
April 29–30, Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Community Event: Glide Wildflower Show See the article about the Show in this Bulletin or visit
May 6, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Community Event: Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo. This has to be the biggest plant sale in town. Vendors fill the building with everything gardening. You are bound to find something you like. Stop by our booth and say hello. Members are available to answer your questions on many topics including landscaping and restoration. We have a lot of reference material to share. Location: Douglas County Fair Grounds in Roseburg, I-5 exit 123.
May 13, Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Dog Creek of the North Umpqua Highway. Larry Broeker, retired geologist with the Umpqua National Forest, will lead this field trip to the Dog Creek Indian Cave located just off Bradley Ridge in the headwaters of the Dog Creek watershed. This site is characterized by cavernous outcroppings of hydrothermally altered volcanic tuff. Kalmiopsis fragrans hangs as long trailers from vugs and cavities and inside the small cave are pictoglyphs (pictorial images) drawn by indigenous peoples. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing, including a rain parka and fleece, lunch, water, and a camera/tripod. Location: meet in the parking lot between the Douglas County Library and Douglas County Courthouse, see above for details. Please contact M.A. Hansen, 541-863-8111, to confirm your attendance.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
March 30, Thursday, 6–7 pm
Program: Ancient Places: People and Landscapes in the Emerging Northwest. Jack Nisbet, noted author and educator, will give a talk based upon his recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscapes in the Emerging Northwest. A book signing with the author will follow the presentation. This nature talk is sponsored by the NPSO Willamette Valley Chapter, in partnership with the David Douglas Society and the Straub Environmental Center. Location: The Eco Hub, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, at the Willamette Heritage Center. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit or call 503-302-4645.
April 9, Sunday, 1–4 pm
Scavenger Hunt: Passport to Nature—Birds and Blooms. Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Museum and Garden are home to more than 60 native wildflowers. Join John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter on this family-friendly hunt for dozens of wildflowers growing under oak trees, conifers, streamside alders, and in open meadows. Bird experts and other naturalists will join John to identify birds and other animals in the park. Youth participants will receive a field journal for flower drawings. Location: Bush’s Pasture Park and Deepwood Museum and Garden, Salem. Cost: $10 suggested donation per person. Children 11 and under are free. No RSVP or pre-registration required. For more information, email
April 13, Thursday, 6–7 pm
Nature Talk: The Secret Meadow at Silver Falls. Join park ranger Matt Palmquist for an exploration of the flowering plants at Silver Falls State Park. This slideshow will highlight flowers from every corner of the park—from beneath the misty waterfalls to deep forests and open meadows, including a special access area that is home to gummy gooseberry and other native species. Reception to follow. Location: Eco Hub, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door. No registration or RSVP required. For more information, email

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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