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 15–17, 2018 Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2018 The next Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by the Portland and High Desert Chapters, 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.
July 29, Saturday, 10 am–noon
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.


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.
June 25, Sunday, 9 am
Field Trip: Marys Peak hike in memory of Bob Frenkel. We hope to hike from Conners Camp to the summit of Marys Peak. The trail is 3.4 miles up with a good elevation gain and 2.7 miles back. We can have cars at the top for those who wish to hike one way. There has been a lot of blow down of trees on the trail this winter so we may need to change our route at the last minute. Location: meet at the parking lot across from the OSU campus Beanery on Monroe to carpool. Bring a lunch, water and appropriate hiking gear. Contact Esther for more information at 541-754-0893 or
July 8, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Iron Mountain and Cone Peak. Hike the Iron Mountain - Cone Peak loop, identifying wild flowers 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


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.
July 8, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Field Trip: Upper Elk Meadows. Alan Curtis leads this hike about 30 miles from Cottage Grove at 4,000 feet elevation. 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, 19th and Patterson. For more information, email Alan at
July 15, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Gordon Meadows. Join John Koenig, Tanya Harvey, and Dave Stone for an exploration of Gordon Meadows, a beautiful complex of wetlands at the end of the proposed Douglas-fir National Monument, east of Sweet Home. Colorful wildflowers as well as unusual species can be found on this 3.5 mile round-trip trail with only 300 ft. of elevation change. Co-sponsored by Emerald Chapter NPSO and Friends of Douglas-fir National Monument. Location: meet at Campbell's Senior Center by Skinners Butte Park to carpool for this all day trip. Limited to 10 participants. For more information and to register, contact Dave Stone at 541-729-8787 or For information on Gordon Meadows, visit; for monument info, visit


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.

July 9, Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Mt. Hood Plants and their Pollinators on Mt Hood. Zak Weinstein of NPSO-PDX is partnering with Kim Hack of Bark to co-lead this trip. We will hike at high elevation in the Zig Zag district of Mt Hood, where we've seen woodland species such as Rhododendron macrophyllum, R. albiflorum, and Erythronium montanum. We'll likely also encounter some of the earlier blooming flowers on the open rocky slope. Limited to 20 participants, split into two groups, RSVP to For carpool information, visit
July 15, Saturday, 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Field Trip: Lookout Mountain. Join co-leaders Don Hardin and Ron Klump on this trip east of Hood River Valley. We’ll hike the loop from High Prairie to the top of Lookout Mountain and down to Gumjuwac Saddle. A variety of forest, meadow, and rocky outcrops with lots of good plants. The hike is seven miles with 2,000 ft. elevation gain. Round trip drive is 150 miles paved, 12 miles gravel. NW Forest Pass required. To sign up for the hike or for more information, contact Ron Klump at
July 22, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Observation Peak Trail and Sister Rocks at Trapper Creek Wilderness. This 5,969 acre wilderness protects nearly all of the Trapper Creek drainage and provides critical anadromous fish habitat in the Wind River watershed. We will hike through a silver fir nature preserve to the top of Observation Peak, 5.6 miles round trip with a 1,390 ft. gain. Expect old growth forest plants and bear grass, penstemons, paintbrush, gentians and Campanula on the higher rocky outcrops. Led by Nancy Chapman and Willow Elliott. To sign up for the hike and for information on carpooling, contact
July 28, Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm
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 1,240 ft. gain along a high ridge. Hiking boots and poles recommended, bring lunch, water, binoculars, etc. This hike is co-led by Don Hardin and Ron Klump. To sign up for the hike or for more information contact Ron Klump,
July 29, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Saddle Mountain. This botanic gem near the coast hosts Dodecatheon dentatum, Corydalis scouleri, Allium crenulatum, Lewisia columbiana, Sidalcea hendersonii, Polypodium scouleri, Saxifraga cespitosa, and many others. If we make it to the summit and the weather cooperates, we’ll be treated to a view from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Jefferson. Full day. The hike is 5 miles round trip with a 1,600 ft. gain, though at a botany pace (slow). 160 miles round trip from Portland. To sign up, contact leader Rick Shory, or 503 253-8100.
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 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


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:
The next Siskiyou Chapter program/ meeting will be Thursday, September 21.
July 3–4, Monday–Tuesday
Volunteer: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show. We are seeking volunteers to help with: flower collecting, show set-up, and plant identification on July 3; staffing the show on July 4; and breaking down the show from 4 to 6 pm. Free pizza for those who help the evening of July 3. For more information contact Barb, or 541-890-2091.
July 4, Tuesday, 10 am–4 pm
Event: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show. Come meet some of our beautiful mountain flowers! This show, coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter, NPSO, features over 300 species of native flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous, and the valleys in between. Free admission. Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park in Ashland).
August 5th, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Poison Meadows—West Boundary of Crater Lake National Park. Join Jennifer Beck, Crater Lake National Park botanist, for a moderate off trail hike on rolling terrain through forest stands and meadows where 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 and 230). Dirt road drive to hiking spot is 30–45 minutes. For more information and to register contact Julie Spelletich at 541-951-1744,

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.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
June 25, Sunday 8 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Passport to Nature—Hikes at Iron Mountain. Iron Mountain (near Sweet Home) has over 300 different plant species amid stands of trees and meadows. A Straub Environmental Center educator will lead a four to five mile hike for adults to view the flowers along the Cone Peak trail. A second, shorter hike tailored for families will be held on the Tombstone Prairie trail. Participants will have the ability to carpool to the site. Bring food and water. Cost is $5 per person (includes a field notebook). Children five and under are free. Open to the public; pre-registration is required. To register and request carpool and other information, 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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