State & Chapter Events

Updated 11 April 2014

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State High Desert Siskiyou
Blue Mountain Klamath Basin Umpqua Valley
Cheahmill Mid-Columbia Willamette Valley
Corvallis North Coast William Cusick
Emerald Portland


April 19, Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
State Board Meeting The next State board meeting will be in Hood River, sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Chapter. Take some time afterwards to enjoy Blossomfest; for information visit
June 6 - 8, Friday - Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting The 2014 Annual Meeting will be sponsored by the Cheahmill Chapter. Join us for a coastal weekend in and around Cannon Beach. Meeting headquarters will be at Surfsand Resort. The Saturday banquet will include a keynote address by ecologist Kathleen Sayce. Additional information is in the February Bulletin and online at Please register by May 1.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.
April 16, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting: Chapter Rebirth and Future Plans. All are invited to a planning meeting and celebration of the rebirth of the Blue Mountain Chapter. Snack food will be provided. Slides shown. Memories shared...Jerry Baker, Olin Anderson, Bruce Barnes. Location: meet in the theater room at the Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, SE 3rd & Court, Pendleton. Information: 541-276-5547.
April 26, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: McNary Wildflowers. Join us to carpool to the McNary area for great early spring flowers. Location: meet in the NE corner of Safeway parking lot (near traffic light), Pendleton. Trip leaders: Jerry & Bruce.


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact
April 24, Thursday, 7 pm
Talk: Paleoethnobotany at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter Join us for a talk by Dr. Marge Hezler of Lane Community College on her paleoethnobotany studies at a Pleistocene-age archaeological site located in eastern Oregon. This presentation will focus on how charred wood, seeds, and other plant remains collected from the site provide insight into ancient human diets and climatic conditions of the past. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, meeting/program starts at 7 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. Contact: Luke Westphal, 971-388-9200 or


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Kevin Weitemier at or 208-921-0827.
April 12, 2014 Saturday 9am - 3:30pm
Mary's Peak- Lower North Ridge Trail Wildflower Hike Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot across from the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. We will car pool from there. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and water. The trail is about 5 miles round trip, with maybe a 1000 foot elevation gain per 2.5 miles. I use walking sticks on this trail, because it is slippery in a few places. If you would like the plant list that Esther developed last year, ask and I will e-mail it to you. I would like to have an idea of how many people are planning to attend, so let me know if you will be joining us. Louise Marquering 541-753-0012,
April 14, Monday, 7:30 pm
Talk: Ecology of Mangrove Swamps around the World. Dr. Boone Kauffman is our speaker for April. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. Contact Kevin, 208-921-0827, for more information.
April 26, Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
Work Party: Avery Garden. The native plant garden around the Avery House needs some work for the spring. Bring work gloves, tools, and water to drink. Contact: Esther, 541-754-0893.
May 4, Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm
Event Booth: Spring Garden Festival. We will again have a booth set up at this festival. Stop by to purchase some native plants for your garden, and maybe pick up some tips for a green thumb. We will also need volunteers to set up, take down, and run the booth. For information about the festival, visit If you would like to volunteer, contact Esther at 541-754-0893.
May 12, Monday, 7:30 pm
Talk: Golden Paintbrush in the Willamette Valley. Caitlin Lawrence has been studying how best to reintroduce this species, once lost from the Willamette Valley. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. Contact: Kevin, 208-921-0827.


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 12, Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
Work Party/Walk: Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Join Gail Baker and Jenny Lippert to help with sorting and cleaning vases that will be used for displaying plant collections at the annual wildflower festival. We'll take a break from work and walk along the arboretum trails to see which wildflowers are in bloom, so it will be educational too! Location: Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, White Oak Pavilion. Contacts: Gail at 541-344-8377 or Jenny at 541-343-3242.
April 17, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Growing More than Plants at the Friends of Buford Park Nursery. Jason Blazar gives a presentation on the purpose, scope, and scale of native plant material production in the Mt. Pisgah area. Jason has been the stewardship coordinator of Friends of Buford Park (FBP) since November 1999. His talk includes context within the FBP stewardship program, purpose, scale, production, marketing, ethno botanical projects, educational opportunities, and an opportunity for the NPSO Emerald Chapter to consider partnering to develop a pollinator demonstration garden at the nursery. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-344-8377.
April 26, Saturday, 12:15 pm
Field Trip: Oregon Country Fair Wildflower Walk. Bob Nisbet and Charlene Simpson will lead a wildflower walk at the site of the Oregon Country Fair. This is an opportunity to see abundant spring wildflowers in a riparian site. The walk is flat land, but some areas are wet. Wear appropriate shoes. Location: meet at 12:15 pm under the fir trees at Lowes' parking lot, northeast corner at West 11th Ave. and Bailey Hill to carpool to the site. Contact: Charlene Simpson, 541-465-1059.
May 8, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm
Field Tour: Coyote Spencer Wetlands. Join Dave Predeek, Gail Baker, and Clay Gautier of NPSO and Ryan Ruggiero of the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) for a tour of this wetland reserve. Coyote Spencer is several miles southwest of Eugene. MRT acquired 2 parcels totaling nearly 200 acres to protect rare plants and unique wetland habitat. For more information and to sign-up, visit or call 541-345-2799 (Note: This tour will be repeated June 22.).
May 22, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Determining the Environmental Factors that Drive the Distribution of a River Ecosystem Engineer, Carex nudata. More info to come.

High Desert

This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
April 12, Saturday, Time TBA
Field Trip: Columbia Gorge. Details will be posted on the chapter website when available.
April 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
Field Trip: Glide Wildflower Show. We will visit the Glide Wildflower Show and botanize on the west side of the Cascades, with an overnight campout on the 26th. If interested in camping, contact Susan Berger at or visit the chapter website for full details.
May 4, Sunday, Time TBA
Field Trip: Painted Hills in the John Day. Details will be posted on the chapter website when available.
May 24, Saturday, Time TBA
Field Trip: Alder Springs. etails will be posted on the chapter website when available.
June 20-21, Friday-Saturday
Event: Central Oregon Wildflower Show. The High Desert Chapter is working on this wildflower show, to be held at the Sunriver Nature Center ( Volunteers will be needed to “harvest” specimens, help ID, and be on hand to answer questions during the two-day show. To help, please contact chapter vice president Susan Berger at

Klamath Basin

This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Melissa Schroeder meljschroeder[at]


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu.
April 12, Saturday, 9 am
Tour: The Dalles Mountain Ranch Prairie Restoration Site. Join Bob Hansen for a walk to see the effect of cattle grazing on this sage-steppe grassland and to offer suggestions regarding the restoration project. The tour will be about 2 hrs to allow for discussion at various viewpoints. Distance: 1-2 miles on open prairie, no path. Location: meet at the The Dalles Mountain Ranch old ranch site at the intersection of The Dalles Mountain Road and the access road to Stacker Butte. Bring a sack lunch if you wish to eat at the site at the end of the walk. For details and to register, contact Bob Hansen at 509-637-2736,
April 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Program/Meeting: Early Detection and Rapid Response to the Worst Weeds of the Columbia Gorge. Cyndi Soliz, partnership specialist, Skamania County Noxious Weed Program and vice-president of the Cape Horn Conservancy, will provide an introduction to the “Worst Weeds of the Gorge” as designated by the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CGCWMA). The CGCWMA consists of 25 land management organizations that coordinate activities to address invasive weeds across their jurisdictions within the Gorge. Their approach promotes Early-Detection-Rapid-Response (EDRR) strategies, with an emphasis on prevention. Location: Room 1.366, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.

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 the building at the south end of the upper plaza on Irving St. (not the door on 600 NE Grand Ave.). An attendant will direct you to the meeting room upstairs. Informal meeting is at 7 pm. Formal meeting and presentation begin at 7:15 pm.

April 12, Saturday, 2-4 pm
Field Trip: Nob Hill Nature Park. Join us in St. Helens for an easy stroll to view Trilliam and fawn lily in an area currently undergoing restoration. NHNP is a small oak woodland, perched on a basal bluff, that overlooks the Columbia River. Poison oak is common off well-maintained trails. Long pants and long sleeves are suggested. This event is on, rain or shine. Location and directions: Meet at the city of St. Helens wastewater treatment facility across from the park at 2 pm. From Portland, take Hwy 30 north about 30 miles. At the WalMart in St Helens, turn right on Gable Rd., bear right on Plymouth St., then right again on Sixth, and continue to the wastewater treatment plant on the right side. Park across from the park’s main entrance. A plant list is available by calling trip leader, Caroline Skinner at 503-248-9719. For day of event only, call 503-349-8586.
April 19, Saturday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Field Trip: Memaloose Hills. Wildflower hike in the eastern Gorge, moderate, 5-6 miles, 800 foot elevation gain. You will not find this hike in any book. The trail is jam-packed with flower species, including the rare violet suksdorfia and big shows of balsamroot. It boasts a pioneer road and basalt formations and was a favorite of Russ Jolley. 140 miles round-trip drive. Registration required, contact Beth Magnus at 503-706-5108 or; carpooling info provided at signup. Be ready to leave at 8:30 am.
April 30, Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Field Trip: Camassia Nature Preserve Hike. Easy one-mile hike. A profusion of Camassia quamash, hopefully in full bloom, and 300 other plant species. Location: meet at the preserve entrance at 5000 Walnut Street, West Linn. Contact: Roger Brewer, or 503 789-5027. This trip may be delayed if weather is not agreeable so you are strongly encouraged to contact Roger and let him know you're planning to attend. Also, let Roger know if you can't get there by 6:30 pm. The preserve is small so you may be able to still join the group.
May 3, Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
Field Class: Penstemon Keying Workshop. Learn to key Penstemon from close up photos projected to a large-screen TV and a tour of garden specimens. Focus on the four major subgenera as well as a selection of species. Bring a hand lens and any Penstemon keys you might have available (e.g., Strickler, Lodewick, Hitchcock); some handouts will be provided. Bring a sack lunch; beverages will be available. A fee of $20 required. Location: this workshop will be held at the home of the instructor. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at
May 8, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Rock Stars of the Western Cascades. Emerald Chapter member Tanya Harvey will show photos of rock-loving plants that grow in Oregon’s Western Cascades. She will talk about the different types of rocky habitats where they can be found and share some good locations to look for them. For information about her plant explorations, visit her website, Tanya will bring her art, photo cards, and bird ornaments for sale (see Meeting location: Metro Building, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
May 10 and 17, Saturdays, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Field Class: Learn to Use a Botanical Key. This two-day, highly interactive class at Tryon Creek State Park, taught by Brent Miller, will teach you how to use a key to identify live or pressed plants. The first day will be with plants in a classroom, learning how to read a key and getting familiar with basic technical vocabulary. The second day you’ll take your knowledge into the field, keying out plants in their native habitats. Fee of $40 and book (Hitchcock & Cronquist) required. We will have a few copies of the book to loan. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at
Save The Dates!
May 18, Sunday, 11 am - 2 pm
Field Trip: Local Grasses. Rick Shory will lead this field trip at Rocky Butte in Portland. For more information or to register, contact Rick at, phone 503-253-8100.


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 12, Saturday, 10 am
Hike: Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside. Come and experience rare native flowers, unique plant communities, and open rocky landscape. The wildflowers of Rough & Ready Creek are threatened by two invasive species - Alyssum murale and A. corsicum. A large local eradication effort has been mobilized and we will keep an eye out for the Alyssum as we walk. Bring drinking water and wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. The ground is relatively level, but uneven and very rocky. Part of the hike is wheelchair accessible. Location: meet at Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside on the west side of Hwy 199, south of Cave Junction. Contact: Suzanne Vautier of the Cultural & Ecological Enhancement Network (CEEN) at 541-291-8860.
April 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Rescheduled Talk: Plant Galls. Oak apples, honeydew ambrosia galls, and witches' brooms - all are types of plant galls, a commonly observed, yet little-understood botanical phenomenon. Ronald Russo, author of the Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States, will describe how galls are growths of various shapes, sizes, and colors produced by host plants in response to invading insects and other organisms. Location: Southern Oregon University, Science Bldg., RM 171. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7 pm. Contact: Kristi at 541-941-3744.
May 10, Saturday, 9 am
Hike: Flounce Rock and Baker Cypress ACEC. Easy 1/4 mile hike to the grove of Baker Cypress trees, rocky scablands, vernally wet meadows, and conifer stands. We MAY see Paeonia brownii, Fritillaria pudica, and what I think is Lewisia pygmaea. We may also tally the surviving Baker Cypress seedlings the BLM planted. Then we'll drive about 1/3 mile to the top of Flounce Rock. This is a good spot for a lunch break with lovely views. WARNING - Flounce Rock is at the top of steep cliffs, although there is ample flat area to park and walk around. There are also several telecommunication towers there. We'll return to Medford by early afternoon. Location: meet at the Medford Interagency (BLM/Forest Service) office at 3040 Biddle Rd, Medford. Contact: Marcia Wineteer at or 541-535-3081.

Umpqua Valley

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April 12, Saturday, 9:30 am - 1 pm
Field Trip: Wildflower Walk. oin us for a wildflower walk-about on private property near Roseburg. We will also visit RUSA's Memorial Natural Treatment Facility nearby to see how the wetlands there are performing. Bring a snack or even lunch and appropriate clothing. Location: meet at 9:30 am at the courthouse parking lot on Fowler St. in Roseburg, behind the library. Parking is limited at the site so plan to carpool. Contacts: Jim Long 541-673-3713 or Donna Rawson 541-459-2821, evenings.
April 26 - 27, Saturday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
Community Event: Glide Wildflower Show. We think it is the “Pacific Northwest’s Premier Wildflower Show”. Folks come from around the world just to see this wildflower display of over 600 species. It will give you a better appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our own native flora. Visit our NPSO booth and say hello. Location: Glide Community Center, 20062 N Umpqua Hwy 138, Glide. From I-5 at Roseburg, take exit 124, then through town follow signs to Rt. 138 East (North Umpqua Highway to Crater Lake). The Glide Community Center is just past Milepost 17 on the left. For more information, visit

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
April 15, Tuesday, 6 pm
Field Trip: Bush Park Wildflower Walk John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead a walk to view wildflowers in Bush Park and Deepwood Estate. Nearly two dozen native wildflowers should be in bloom. Location: Meet at the bottom of the Soapbox Derby track in Bush Park. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.
April 17 & 24, Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Program: Wildflower Identification. Learn how to identify flowers of forest, field, woodlands, and riparian areas in this three-part class. Aislinn Adams and John Savage, Willamette Valley Chapter members, will explain the basics, focusing on common plant families and species in Oregon. Field trip details will be announced in class. Location: Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A. Street NE, next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High. This class is open to the public and costs $5. Registration is required, please call 503-391-4145 or email
April 19, Saturday, 7 am – 5 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. Come prepared for a long day, returning about 5 pm. Registration is required. Call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm for information about carpooling and to register.

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.
April 19, Saturday, 9 am
Native Plant Sale: Plantworks Nursery. To celebrate Earth Day, our chapter will sponsor a native plant sale, starting at 9 am. Proceeds will go to the Oregon Flora Project. Location: Plantworks Nursery, 69465 Lantz Lane, Cove.
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