State & Chapter Events

Updated 29 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
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 more information, contact Bruce Barnes,


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
June 5, Sunday, 9 am
Field Trip: Marys Peak We will revisit the lower north ridge trail of Marys Peak. Bring a lunch and appropriate gear and we will be back by early afternoon. Location: meet at the parking lot behind Oceanography and across from the Monroe Beanery for carpooling. Contact Esther McEvoy for more information at 541-754-0893.
June 12, Sunday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Avery House Native Plant Garden. Bring gloves, water, and a bucket for weeds. We will work on weeding the butterfly garden and the front of the garden. Contact Esther McEvoy for more information at 541-754-0893.


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.
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.
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.


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,
June 25, Saturday, 8 am–mid afternoon
Car Tour: Nicolai Mountain. Driving stops include: eastern to southern sides of Nicolai Mt. featuring species more characteristic of the Willamette Valley, western side featuring Coast Range habitats, and the top, with extensive scrublands of Symphoricarpos mollis, Lilium columbianum, Iris tenax and other ridge top species. This trip is on heavily used logging roads, SUV type vehicles are preferred. Group size limited to 12. Vehicles limited to three. Location: meet at the parking lot at Columbia River Maritime Museum, Hwy 30 on the river east of downtown Astoria. Contact Carla Cole,, to register. If you sign up and then cannot participate, please let Carla know as soon as possible.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
June 2, Thursday, 9 am
Hike: Mill Creek Join John Unruh on an easy hike up the Mill Creek drainage in the Ochoco Mountains. The hike starts at the Wildcat campground and meanders with and through the creek for 3 or so miles (depending on how much we stop for plants). Bring Tevas or flip flops for multiple creek crossings. Multiple species of flowers are seen on this riparian hike. Location: meet in Prineville at Ray's grocery parking lot on the east side of town on Highway 26. We should be back to town by 3:30 or 4:00.
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.
June 18, Saturday, 8 am
Hike: Lady Slipper Orchids. Join Leslie Olson to find lady slipper orchids in the Ochocos, east of Mitchell. Drive time is about 2 hrs. The hike is about 4 miles round trip. We can also look in the meadows for camas and other wetland flowers, as well as ragged robins on the roadsides afterwards. Location: meet at Pilot Butte State Park parking lot (east side). It will be a full day, so bring lunch, water, pack, hat, appropriate clothing and hiking boots or shoes.

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
June 11, Saturday
Meeting: Mosier Nature Walk and Potluck. Mike McKeag has generously offered to host an afternoon nature walk and evening potluck at his home in Mosier. Walking options include meadow, oak woodland, and views of the Columbia River and the Cascades. Bring a warm layer for the telescopic astronomy that will ensue after sunset! Further information and driving directions: 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.

The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months. New meeting location for 2016: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont (referred to as Taborspace). 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. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm.

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
June 25, Saturday, 8:30 am
Field Trip: Black Wolf Meadow/Anvil Lake. Chance to view high marsh wildflowers in a secluded and little visited setting. Boggy conditions: bring rubber boots. We are hoping to see shooting stars, Camas, Caltha, Kalmia, marsh violets, elephant’s head, etc. and sundews (Drosera). 2.6 mile round trip hike with a 170 ft. gain. High points: 4,145 ft. expansive meadow and a small lake, west of Timothy Lake near High Rock. Drive through Estacada, Ripplebrook. Drive time to destination may be close to 2 hrs. Co-leaders: Beth Magnus and Clarice Johnston. Contact Beth Magnus to sign up: 503-706-5108,


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:
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.
June 23, Thursday, 3 pm
Volunteer: 2nd Annual Star Thistle Pull at Mariposa Preserve. Join Julie from the Siskiyou Chapter NPSO, Jeanine from KS Wild, and Armand from Medford BLM for an invasive weed pull at the Mariposa Preserve just south of Ashland. On this point-to-point walk we will continue to clear star thistle in the habitat of the rare Greene’s mariposa lily and observe wildflowers growing along the way. Come relax and celebrate our work afterward at El Paraiso restaurant (Clover Lane, Ashland). Location: meet at the El Paraiso parking lot at 3:00 to carpool. We will work until 6:30, then celebrate 7:30-9:00.

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.
June 12, Sunday, 8 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Marys Peak. Participants will have the option of hiking from the upper parking lot to the summit to view wildflowers or to hike the North Ridge Trail to the upper parking lot and then to the summit to take in forest flowers as well. Bring food and water. Free and open to the public. For more information, to register, and to arrange carpools, call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.
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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