State & Chapter Events

Updated 30 March 2015

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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


NPSO State Board Election 2015
Candidates for state offices, along with brief résumés and the ballot, will be printed in the April Bulletin.
April 4, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next state board meeting will be hosted by the Siskiyou Chapter in Phoenix.There will be a short hike after the meeting, see the Siskiyou Chapter calendar for details.
May 29-31, Friday-Sunday, 2015
NPSO Annual Meeting 2015 The Mid-Columbia Chapter will host the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Native Plant Society of Oregon in Hood River. The state board meeting will be held on Sunday. For details, visit (Note: the website address listed in the February Bulletin is incorrect). Please monitor the website for updates to the field trips (as trips fill up, this will be posted), as well as for additions to the venue, merchandise, and resources pages. If you would like to help at the meeting, please let us know via email:

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.
Meetings: The chapter will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, continuing on into next spring. All meetings will be in the Theater Room of The Prodigal Son Brewery in Pendleton.


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact
April 23, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Evolution of the Strawberry. Dr. John Syring of Linfield College will discuss his research on the diversity and origins of strawberries (Fragaria). From the amazing range of species in China to the recently discovered decaploid species here in Oregon, strawberries are becoming an emerging model system to study evolution, hybridization, and polyploidy. The talk will focus on the biology and ecology of this genus before exploring the origins of the commercial strawberry. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00 pm. 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 contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or
May 2, Saturday, 9 am–noon
Lab Workshop: Ericaceae Keying. Dr. John Syring of Linfield College and his student, Terran Sobel-Smith, will be offering a laboratory workshop on the heath family (Ericaceae). After a brief introductory lecture, participants will be dissecting plants under the microscope and identifying specimens with a dichotomous key. The goals of the workshop are to provide practice at keying as well as to highlight the unique features and diversity of the Ericaceae. The workshop is structured for beginner to intermediate botanists, with no minimum qualifications. There is no cost. Location: Linfield College, Murdock Hall room 208. Seating will be limited; contact John Syring to reserve a space, or 503-883-2466.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.
April 11, Saturday, 9 am – mid-afternoon
Field Trip: Lower North Ridge Trail on Mary's Peak This hike is about five miles round trip with a gentle climb of around 1,000 feet. Wear weather appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes and bring lunch and water. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot at 26th and Monroe, SW from the Beanery. For information contact Louise at or 541-753-0012.
April 13, Monday, 7:30 pmApril 13, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Conserving Rare Willamette Valley Butterflies. Presented by Dr. Paul M. Severns, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Conserving rare Willamette Valley butterflies is all about the right plant in the right conditions. Dr. Stevens will discuss interactions between native and exotic plants and three extremely rare Willamette Valley butterflies, Fender's blue butterfly, Taylor's checkerspot, and the great copper. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For information contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.


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.
April 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Flora of Oregon Is Coming. It's been more than a half-century since a flora for our state has been published and the first volume of Flora of Oregon by the Oregon Flora Project (OFP) is now in press. Linda Hardison, OFP Director, will present highlights (and low points) in the twenty year journey to publication, give a preview of the book's content, and present what's next on the horizon for OFP. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-349-9999.
April 19, Sunday, 10 am–noon
Wildflower Walk: Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Join local ecologists Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse in enjoying April wildflowers at the Arboretum. Peg and Bruce will identify and talk about flowers and trees, birds and bees, and anything else you please! Rain or shine. Location: meet at the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Visitor Center. Co-sponsored by MPA and NPSO. Cost: $5, members free. For information, call 541-747-3817.
April 30, Thursday, 5:30–7:30 pm
Field Trip: An Evening in the Nursery. A Tour of the Friends of Buford Park (FBP) Native Plant Nursery and Wildflower Walk. Gail Baker and Jason Blazar will lead an evening tour of a native plant nursery. You will see firsthand how the Friends produce quality native plants and seed to support restoration projects on and around Mt. Pisgah. Come and get a peak of the magnificent blooms before the FBP plant sale May 2. Join the tour and bring a friend. Location: meet at the entrance of the Nursery. For directions, visit
May 2, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Wild Iris Ridge Park. Emily Steel of Eugene Parks and Open Space takes us to Wild Iris Ridge Park in the hills of southwest Eugene. We will walk 2 miles. Bring water and snacks. Location: At 10 am we will pool rides from the northeast corner of 11th Ave. and Bailey Hill Rd. Meet under the tall fir trees in front of Lowe's Store. For more information, call 541-345-5531.
May 3, Sunday, 8–10 am
Tour: Botany Art Themed Bike Ride. Gail Baker and Aryana Ferguson will lead you through downtown Eugene to discover botanical art murals, sculptures, ceramics and more. Bring your bike and helmet. Location: The ride will begin and end at the Morning Glory Café, 450 Willamette St., Eugene. For more information, contact Gail at
May 9, Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Wildflower Tour: Bikes to Blooms. This bike-based wildflower tour will visit sites on the Row River Trail along scenic Dorena Lake. Regional plant experts will lead participants through natural areas with native prairie plants in bloom. Bring a bicycle, helmet, water, and lunch. All sites will be accessible by car, but cycling is encouraged. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Visit for more information. Volunteers needed: Contact Pam Reber at 541-767-9717 or

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
April 24-26, Friday–Sunday
Field Trip: Glide Wildflower Show. We will camp while we visit the Glide Wildflower Show and botanize on the west side of the Cascades. This is the 50th anniversary for this amazing display of Oregon flora. If interested in attending, contact Susan Berger at or visit the chapter website for full details.
May 5, Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Program: Oregon’s Geobotany Stu Garrett, our former chapter president, will introduce us to geobotany. Oregon’s diverse plant life is a result of its diverse geology. Join us as we explore the wide variety of Oregon’s botanical treasures and learn how they relate to the spectacular landscape that surrounds us. From the stupendous floods of northern Oregon to the glacial sculpting of the ice ages to the dramatic lands of lava, we will learn about some of Oregon’s rarest plant species and consider the story of some of its most common ones. Location: Brooks Room, Bend Downtown Library, 601 NW Wall St.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Melissa Schroeder
April 2, Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Lava Beds National Monument Lichens. Self-trained naturalist and local lichenologist Steve Sheehy will talk about lichens of Lava Beds National Monument, including a slide show. Chapter meeting to follow. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.
April 4, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lava Beds National Monument Lichens. Self-trained naturalist and local lichenologist Steve Sheehy will lead a field trip to see lichens of Lava Beds National Monument. Advanced registration (free) is required, see chapter website for details. Due to park regulations, this field trip is limited to 11 people. Location: Meet at the Monument visitor's center. Carpools can be arranged from Klamath Falls. Nominal entrance fee to the Monument required.
May 7, Thursday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Ancient Volcanoes and Their Plants Retired botanist Dr. Ron Larson will talk about some of the relict plant communities that live on the ancient volcanoes of the Klamath Basin. Chapter meeting to follow. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.
May 9, Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Event: 16th Annual International Migratory Bird Day ome visit the Klamath Basin Chapter of the NPSO at this migratory bird celebration. The chapter will be featuring a variety of native plants for your garden. Plants will be free, but donations are appreciated. Location: Veteran's Park in downtown Klamath Falls.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
April 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting/Program: The Efforts of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards to Revitalize Rural Communities through Environmental Stewardship (Rescheduled from November 20) Jay McLaughlin, executive director of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS), will present on MARS’ efforts to grow a stewardship economy, conserve working forestlands, collaborate on forest restoration initiatives, and promote more sustainable forest management practices. These efforts have largely focused on the Mt. Adams region, and include the recent acquisition of the Pine Flats Tract adjacent to Conboy National Wildlife Reserve. Jay has a Master’s degree in Forestry from Yale and has worked both as a forester and as an educator. Location: Room 1.362, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.
May 21, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting: Annual Meeting Preparations. There will be no program in May, but plenty of Annual Meeting preparations for which your help will be appreciated. Watch your email for location and specifics.

North Coast

This chapter is currently inactive and seeking new leadership. For more information, contact


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 in the Metro Building at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Enter from NE Irving St. on the north side of the building and walk across the upper plaza to the entrance (not the door on 600 NE Grand Ave.). An attendant will let you in and direct you to the meeting room upstairs. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm.

April 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Wildflowers of Zion National Park Botanist Ginny Maffitt will show photos of Penstemon and other wildflowers of rarely visited areas in Zion and part of the Mojave Desert sand dunes. There she found several species closely related to ours in Oregon, such as maiden hair fern and shooting star, as well as the same species of red mimulus found in southern Oregon. Join her on this digitally guided tour, which was sponsored by the American Penstemon Society. Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact Mary, or 503-288-4340.
April 10, Friday, 12–2 pm
Field Trip: Hoyt Arboretum, Conifer Hike. Join Hoyt Arboretum Curator Martin Nicholson for a 2 mile hike through the arboretum's conifer collection to hone your NW conifer ID skills. From Douglas fir to Brewers spruce the Hoyt collection has an almost complete set of conifers that we see hiking through our natural areas. Location: meet at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center at noon, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. Accessible by MAX using the Washington Park Stop or Trimet Bus #63. For more information contact Martin Nicholson at or 503-823-4475.
April 11, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lacamas and Round Lakes near Camas, Wash. Easy hike of 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. This is a joint hike with the Suksdorf Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Co-leaders are Don Hardin and Ron Klump. To sign up for the hike or for more info contact Ron Klump, 360-576-1968 or
April 12, Sunday, 8 am-5:30 pm
Field Trip: Sevenmile Hill. We hope to be on time for this hike through masses of blooming balsamroot, lupine and paintbrush on Sevenmile Hill. This area was hit by wildfire last summer so we will investigate the effects of this fire on the plants and animals found here. Moderately difficult cross country, 4 mile hike on steep slopes, 1,200 ft. elevation gain. Contact Paul Slichter , 503-661-3292 or for more information, including meeting times and places.
April 22, Wednesday, 9 am–1 pm
Field Trip: McCord Creek. On Earth Day, we will hike the trails to Upper and Lower Elowah Falls, hoping to see Douglasia, Oemleria, Synthyris and members of the Saxifrage family. Driving is about 60 miles round trip. This is an easy hike of about 3 miles round trip with a 500 ft. elevation gain. To sign up and for information on carpooling, contact Nancy Chapman at
April 26, Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
Field Trip: The Great Camas Scotch Broom Pull. Over the last few years we have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch Broom on this piece of property that Russ Jolley loved and cared for. We will be eliminating new sprouts as well as removing plants. Please bring your clippers, loppers, hand saws and gloves. You can picnic at the Great Camas Patch afterwards or travel to another site to picnic and hike. Parking is limited. Please contact Roger Brewer for carpool information.
April 26, Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
Field Trip: The Great Camas Scotch Broom Pull. Over the last few years we have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch Broom on this piece of property that Russ Jolley loved and cared for. We will be eliminating new sprouts as well as removing plants. Please bring your clippers, loppers, hand saws and gloves. You can picnic at the Great Camas Patch afterwards or travel to another site to picnic and hike. Parking is limited. Please contact Roger Brewer for carpool information.
April 29, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Field Trip: Camassia Preserve. Easy one-mile hike. A profusion of Camassia quamash, hopefully in full bloom, and 300 other plant species. 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 pm and still want to join, let Jason know. The preserve is small so you may be able to still join the group. Location: Meet us at the entrance at 5000 Walnut St., West Linn.
May 2 and 9, Saturdays, 9 am–4 pm
Field Class: Learn to Use a Botanical Key. This two day class at the Johnson Creek Watershed Council building and Camassia Natural Area will be taught be Brent Miller. For more information and to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at
May 3, Sunday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Four Sisters Near The Dalles. We will hike the prairie hills on the east side of Sevenmile Hill. The property, owned by Columbia Land Trust, is home to several large vernal pools surrounded by hundreds of acres of balsamroot, milkweed, lupine, and much more. Easy 3 mile hike with 100 ft. elevation gain. If you would like to practice your keying skills bring your Hitchcock, Kozloff, or Gilkey keys. We will take some time to work through a few plants. Drive of 150 miles round trip from Portland. Led by Mary Bushman. For more info or to sign up for the hike, contact Mary at 503-860-9689 or


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 2013, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Sasha Joachims at:
April 4, Saturday, 3 pm–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Wagner Road Interpretive Trail, South of Talent. oin the NPSO State Board members for a social stroll along the Wagner Road Interpretive Trail to see what’s blooming. The hike will begin after the Board meeting that runs from 10 am–2 pm in Phoenix. Estimated drive time from Phoenix to trailhead is 20 minutes. Location: Meet at the Wagner Road trailhead (end of the pavement) at 3 pm. For more information, contact Kelli Van Norman,
April 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Rocky Road to Sedum Taxonomy. Colorful Sedum (stonecrops) are diverse in northern California and southwest Oregon. The Carex Working Group's four year study of one group of Sedum has rearranged the names and revealed undescribed species. This program will explain the findings and the basic biology that causes such a frustrating pattern of diversity. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University, Cascade Science Bldg. (the old Cascade Dorms), Room CSC 114 or Hawthorn Hall in Ashland. Free. Contact Kristi: 541-941-3744.
May 2, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Whetstone Savanna. Truffle foray at the Nature Conservancy Whetstone Savanna with Darlene Southworth, Emeritus Professor of Biology from SOU. Walking is on flat rocky terrain short distances, with bending and kneeling on ground. Location: meet at Shop & Kart at 9:00 or the Pilot Station just east of exit 33, Central Point, at 9:30 for carpooling as parking is limited. To sign up for the walk contact Julie Spelletich at, 541 951-1744.

South Coast

This is a newly formed chapter. For more information, contact the chapter president, Alexis Brickner at
April 11, Saturday, 10 am –1 pm
Field Trip: Golden and Silver Falls. Flowers begin blooming at this state park as early as January but we will hope to catch the falls during some peak wildflower viewing. We will hike about 4 miles, the trail can be narrow and precarious in sections so wear sturdy hiking boots and consider hiking poles. We will learn about the flora of the forest and of the rocky outcrops at the falls. Location: meet at trailhead parking lot at 10 am. At the south edge of Coos Bay, turn east from Highway 101, following "Alleghany" signs for 13.5 miles and then signs for the park for 8 miles. Trailhead is about 40 minutes from turnoff. Bring plenty of water and snacks. For information or carpooling, contact Alexis, or 860-878-2049.

Umpqua Valley

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April 4, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Beatty Rock and Beatty Creek Watershed. Johanna Blanchard and Aaron Roe, BLM botanists, will lead us along lower Cow Creek Road. Plants of interest: California sword fern (Polystichum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa). Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy rock as well as hiking 1/4 mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches. Expect poison oak and ticks. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing for rain and cold; lunch, water, and a camera/tripod. Recommended reading: “Beatty Creek Research Natural Area” by Susan Carter, in Kalmiopsis vol. 11, 2004. Contacts: Donna Rawson, 541-459-2821 or; or Larry Broeker, 541-680-3911 or Location: meet in the parking lot directly behind the Douglas County Library on the west side of Fowler St. at 9 am. Departure time 9:30 sharp. Car pooling is encouraged. Plan to share gas expenses. Alternate meet place for those living south of Roseburg, 1-5 exit 103 at the McDonald’s parking lot at 10:00 am.
April 9, Thursday, 6–7:30 pm
Presentation: Geology of Table Rock. Larry Broeker, a retired geologist from Umpqua National Forest Service and chapter member, will give a power point presentation on the geology of Upper Table Rock and surrounding area. Larry has been to this area before and is always happy to share his knowledge with others. Discover how the upside-down ‘inverted’ topography of Table Rocks formed. A chapter business meeting will follow the program. For more information, contact Donna Rawson at 541-459-2821,
April 11, Saturday, 8 am–6 pm
Field Trip: Upper Table Rock and Agate Desert Preserve. ichard Helliwell, botanist, and Larry Broeker, retired geologist, will lead a hike of about 3 miles, 700+ ft elevation gain, to the summit of Upper Table Rock. We expect to see several endemic species such as the dwarf woolly meadow-foam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila). We will first visit the Agate Desert Preserve to view the large-flowered meadow-foam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. grandiflora). Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing for rain, cold, poison oak, and ticks; lunch, water, and camera/tripod. Dogs are not allowed. If you plan to attend, contact Donna Rawson at 541-459-2821,, or Larry Broeker, 541-680-3911, Please leave your phone number and email address for handouts or further correspondence. Location: Parking lot between the Douglas County Library and Courthouse (west side of Fowler St. in the section nearest the creek) at 8 am, departing at 8:30 sharp. Car pooling is encouraged. Alternate meeting place: 1-5 exit 103 at the McDonald’s parking lot at 10:00 am.
April 18, Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Event: Earth Day Celebration and Energy Fair. Be sure to visit our NPSO booth when you come to the Earth Day Fair. Stop by for a copy of the 2015 field trip flyer. We will have members ready to answer questions, handouts about NPSO, and landscaping information. No fee to attend the fair, just bring a canned food donation. Location: Douglas County Fairground in Roseburg, I-5 exit 123.
April 19, Sunday, 8 am–6 pm
Field Trip: Serpentine Fens. Join us to investigate the feeding habits of the insectivorous cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) and butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) as well as view other serpentine endemic plant species such as Hall’s violet (Viola hallii) and Howell’s mariposa lily (Calochortus howellii). We will visit Thomas Jefferson Howell fen, Mike’s fen, and Mariposa Meadows (Calochortus Study Plots) near Eight Dollar Mountain and Selma, as well as the stepped alluvial terraces of Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside by Cave Junction in Illinois Valley. Ken Carloni, botanist at Umpqua Community College will be leading this field trip. If you plan to attend, contact Donna Rawson at 541-459-2821, For meeting location, see field trip for April 11.
April 25–26, Saturday–Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
Event: Glide Wildflower Show. Be sure to visit our NPSO booth. Kick off the start of Native Plant Appreciation week at the Pacific Northwest’s premier wildflower show. Folks come from around the world just for this show. Don’t miss it, you won’t be disappointed. It will give you a better appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our own native flora. Location: Glide Community Center. Native plants will be for sale on Sunday. Information: Don’t miss the 12:30 pm guided wildflower walk in Swiftwater Park both days.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
April 12, Sunday, 7 am–5:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead a trip to view the wildflowers at Catherine Creek in the Columbia Gorge. The walk will cover at least five miles with some elevation gain. Come prepared for a long day, returning about 5:30 pm. Bring food and water. Call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm to register and for information about carpooling. The field trip is free and open to the public.
May 2, Saturday, 6:45 am–6 pm
Field Trip: Tom McCall Preserve. Participants in this all-day field trip will view wildflowers at the Tom McCall Preserve, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, near Rowena. This 270-acre Nature Conservancy Preserve features spectacular spring blooms including balsamroot, lupine, and many others. The walk will cover at least five miles with elevation gain. Bring food and water. To register, call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm. The field trip is free and open to the public.

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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