State & Chapter Events

Updated 26 May 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


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 the March 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.
No chapter programs are scheduled during the summer. Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 28.
June 24, Saturday, 10 am–noon
July 29, 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 4, Sunday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join us for spring cleanup including weeding and general maintenance. Location: Avery House at Avery Park, Corvallis. Contact Esther for more information at 541-754-0893 or
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


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.
June 3, 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, email Alan at
June 17, Saturday, 9 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Siuslaw Falls County Park. Ed Alverson takes us on a tour of this scenic 79-acre park located on the upper Siuslaw River in the Coast Range west of Lorane. We will work on adding to the plant list and explore forest, riparian, and wetland habitats. Location: Meet at 19th and Patterson in the South Eugene High School parking lot. For more information, contact Ed at 541-461-1958.
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.

June 8, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Soil! What it Is and how it Works. Presented by James Cassidy, a popular instructor of Soil Science at OSU, Corvallis. He will discuss the fundamentals of soil nutrients, how it stores water and the reason soil is the reason you are alive! You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. Location: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Willow at or 503-358-5848.
June 13, Tuesday
Field Trip: Tamanawas Falls. This is a nice alternative to the steeper waterfall hikes in the Columbia Gorge, with an opportunity to climb to a niche in the rock behind the falls. An in-and-out trail of three miles round trip gently ascends 480 feet. A side trail leads behind the falls and there is a good mix of wildflowers not found on the west side of Mount Hood. The trail has gotten very popular in the last few years. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Please pre-register for this hike by contacting Don Hardin at
June 17–18, Saturday–Sunday
Field Trip: Black Wolf Meadows/Anvil Lake/High Rock. We will first view bog and marsh wildflowers at Black Wolf and Anvil. We are hoping for shooting stars, bog orchids, camas, Caltha, Kalmia, marsh violets, monkshood, elephant’s head, and sundews. Bring waterproof footwear. High Rock is just a short drive up the road and is filled with rock and cliff loving plants including several penstemons, saxifrages, lilies, and paintbrushes. Each of these hikes is less than three miles with minimal elevation change. There is an optional Saturday night camp-out at Black Wolf Meadows trailhead, with further exploration of areas nearby on Sunday. Location: about a two hour drive from Portland through Estacada and Ripplebrook on Highway 224. Co-leaders: Beth Magnus and Jason Clinch. To sign up for the hike, contact Beth Magnus at 503-706-5108 or For plant lists and camping details, contact Jason Clinch at 503-706-2404 or
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
Save the Dates!
July 22, Saturday
Field Trip: Observation Peak Trail & Sister Rocks at Trapper Creek Wilderness,br> July 28, Friday
Field Trip: Silver Star Mountain
July 29, Saturday
Field Trip: Saddle Mountain
August 12, Saturday
Tentative date depending on blooms
Field Trip: Mount Hood Meadows
August 19, Saturday
Field Trip: Umbrella Falls
August 26, Saturday
Field Trip: Young’s Creek


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 15, Thursday, 2:30–6 pm
Volunteer: 3rd Annual Star Thistle Pull, Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. A collaboration of Siskiyou Chapter NPSO, CSNM, BLM Medford, and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center. Join Julie Spelletich (NPSO), Jeanine Moy (KS Wild), Charles Shelz and Christine Beekman (Medford BLM), for an invasive weed pull at the Mariposa Preserve south of Ashland. We will continue to clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green’s mariposa lily and observe wildflowers along the way. Celebrate afterwards (6:30 pm) with dinner at Caldera Brewery. Location: Meet at 2:30 to carpool from Clover Lane, Ashland (in front of El Paraiso Restaurant). For more information and to register contact Julie Spelletich at 541-951-1744 or
June 21, 5:30-7pm
Workshop: Introduction to Bumble Bees! This short outdoor workshop in Ashland will provide an overview of bumble bee biology and basic identification. Taught by bumble enthusiasts Pepper Trail (Rogue Valley Audubon Society), Kristi Mergenthaler (Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon), and bumble bee expert Gaby Chavarria. Free, but registration is limited. Register at Location: North Mountain Park at 620 N Mountain Avenue.

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 7, Wednesday, 9 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Restored Upland/Wetland Prairie and Oak Savanna Tour. Lynda Boyer, restoration biologist and native seed manager for Heritage Seedlings, will lead a tour of one of their farms just south of Salem with 200 acres of habitat restored to its former savanna glory. Multiple stops will be made to discuss a variety of restoration techniques to remove invasive species and prepare the site for native seed and plants, then learn about follow-up management techniques to help the plant community thrive. Bring your camera, field guide, binoculars and lunch (outhouses, drinking water, and fruit provided). For directions and to register, please contact:
June 8, Thursday, 6 pm–7 pm
Program: Prairie 101—Saving the Willamette Valley. Botanist Lynda Boyer of Heritage Seedlings will offer critical information about our threatened Willamette Valley habitats and explain how we can save them. To register, email The event is open to the public. Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door. Location: EcoHub, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. For more information, contact John Savage at 503-779-5414.
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

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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