State & Chapter Events

Updated 24 April 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.
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
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.
May 23, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Event: Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. View wildflower specimens, 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 contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.
May 2, Saturday, 10:30 am–Noon
Field Trip: Oregon Coast Aquarium. In honor of Native Plant Appreciation Week there will be a stroll of the Oregon Coast Aquarium grounds, led by former Aquarium groundskeeper and NPSO member Bruce Waugh and current head groundskeeper Anita Albrecht. Location: meet at the front entrance to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. After the Aquarium tour any interested persons are invited to a tour of Bruce's garden in Otter Rock which includes over 100 natives. For more information contact Bruce Waugh at or 541-264-8235.
May 11, Monday, 7:30 pm
Presentation/Meeting: Algae of Oregon's Rocky Intertidal. Allison Barner, PhD candidate in Integrative Biology at OSU, will talk about the often overlooked diversity of marine algae living along the Oregon coast. Allison will present an overview of the species that can be found in the intertidal zone (tide pools) accessible to anyone at low tide, and give some examples of what we're learning about their ecology from some of her dissertation research. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For more information, contact Jordan Brown, or 253-820-3934.
June 6, Saturday, 1–4 pm
Tour: Three Gardens. View the gardens of three NPSO members in Corvallis: Matt Blakeley-Smith, Loren Russell and Esther McEvoy. The gardens are all within a block of each other. Loren has a beautiful collection of plants from around the world, Matt specializes in carnivorous plants and Esther has a garden landscaped with native plants. Location: Please park on Willamette Ave. and start at Esther’s Willamette Gardens nursery, two lots to the east of the house at 3290 SW Willamette Ave. The gate will be open by the lamp post and the shore pine. For more information call Esther 541-754-0893.
June 7, Sunday, 10 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Marys Peak. We will hike from the campground to the summit and back in a loop through the noble fir forest. Bring a lunch, raingear, and sturdy shoes. Hope to see many of the early spring flowers and check out the restoration at the summit in the rock garden area. Location: meet at the usual spot in the OSU parking lot SW of the Monroe St. Beanery. Contact Esther for more information and to RSVP in case there is a change in plans due to the weather: 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.
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
May 15–16, Friday–Saturday
Volunteer: Collect Plants and Set Up for Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Show. We will spend Friday in the field, collecting plants. Please contact Mary Beth Averill at or Alex Doddington,, 541-968-8894, for information on how and where you can collect and for assistance in getting the required collection permits for federal, state, or city property. Saturday is a chance to work elbow to elbow with field botanists who can identify plants. Come for a couple of hours or all day from 9 am–3 pm. We need people to help place plants in vases, identify, and put plants out for display at the Arboretum. For information on Sunday’s wildflower show, see the listing in the Wildflower Festival Calendar.

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.
June 20–21, Saturday–Sunday
Volunteer: Central Oregon Wildflower Show. The High Desert Chapter is working on the Central Oregon 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. We are also looking for guest lecturers. Contact chapter vice president Susan Berger at if you can volunteer. Additional information can be found on the chapter website.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Melissa Schroeder
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.
May 16, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Ancient Volcanoes and Their Plants. Dr. Ron Larson will lead a field trip to ancient volcanoes of the Klamath Basin to learn about the relict plant communities that live in these unique sites. Location: meet at the Home Depot parking lot at 9 am, we will arrange carpools and drive from there.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
May 21, Thursday, 5-9 pm
Meeting: Annual Meeting Preparations. We’ll gather over a light supper to work on registration materials and other hand-outs, signage, schedules and duty charts for the Annual Meeting. Note the early start time — though you can arrive at any time. All chapter members are urged to attend. Watch your email for location specifics, RSVP information, and updates.

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 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
May 13, Wednesday, Noon
Field Trip: Urban Lunch Hour Walk, Tanner Springs Park. The parks department has gathered native wildflowers you would have to travel far to see in their natural haunts. Water features make a pleasant retreat from the urban bustle. Led by Rick Shory, who has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist. Location: meet at the SW corner of Tanner Springs Park, downtown Portland, NW Marshall & 11th Ave. If you are late we will be easy to spot as the entire park is just one city block. Sign up is not required, but will allow the leader to contact you if anything changes: or 503-253-8100.
May 14, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Oaks of the Columbia Gorge: Ecology, Diversity, and Thinning. Get ready for the NPSO Annual Meeting in Hood River by joining Barbara Robinson for her presentation of the Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana). She focuses her research on the oak communities that grow east of the Cascades. Learn of the many ways in which oaks grow, adapt, and resprout under very diverse growing conditions, and how thinning threatens these oak communities. Meeting location: Metro Building, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
June 11, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Oregon and the Wilderness Act at 50. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Bridget Callahan, wilderness campaign organizer for Oregon Wild, will discuss past victories and current campaigns to expand and protect wilderness areas in Oregon. She will highlight the Crater Lake Wilderness proposal and explore the botanical treasures of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Meeting location: Metro Building, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.


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: Join us on Facebook at:
Thursday, May 21, 7 pm
Program: Historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail and the New Jack-Ash Trail. The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) is working to develop a non-motorized trail system linking the existing trails of Jacksonville to those in Ashland. SUTA Board President, Hope Robertson, will discuss the status of the Jack-Ash Trail and its connection with the historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. Native plants not only shape the proposed trail route but also will provide a major draw during wildflower season. 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. For a campus map, visit: For information contact Dave at

South Coast

This is a newly formed chapter. For more information, contact the chapter president, Alexis Brickner at

Umpqua Valley

Visit for more information on chapter activities.
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.
May 9, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Field Trip: Callahan Ridge. Chris Rusch, retired botanist, will lead this trip to view a variety of “serpentine” endemic plant and fern species, including Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis), Hall’s violet (Viola hallii), Waldo rock cress (Arabis aculeolata), serpentine scorpionweed (Phacelia corymbosa), serpentine stonecrop (Sedum radiatum ssp. ciliosum), and Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus sulphureus ssp. Kincaidii). Callahan Ridge, with panoramic views of the Western Cascades and the Klamath Mountains, is 57 miles from Roseburg. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing, lunch, water, camera/tripod, and Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson. Location: departing Roseburg 9:30 sharp. Please call Larry Broeker, 541-680-3911, if you plan to come and let him know if you prefer to meet us at I-5 exit 103.
May 30, Saturday, 9:30 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Dog Creek Indian Cave, North Umpqua Watershed. Larry Broeker, retired geologist, will lead us to this secluded site, characterized by cavernous outcroppings of hydrothermally altered volcanic tuff. Kalmiopsis fragrans hangs as long trailers and inside the cave are a variety of pictoglyphs drawn by indigenous peoples. Hike 0.8 miles in length with a 460 foot descent to the cave. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing for weather, poison oak and ticks, lunch, water, and a camera/tripod. Location: meet at the parking lot behind Douglas County Library, Roseburg (west side of Fowler St. near Deer Creek) at 9 am, leaving 9:30 sharp. Alternate meeting place, I-5 exit 103 at the McDonald’s parking lot at 10 am. Please call Larry, 541-680-3911, if you plan to come.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
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.
May 17, Sunday, 6:30 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Dog Mountain. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter will lead an all-day hike to view wildflowers located in the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side. This is a difficult hike. Bring food and water. Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please call 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.
June 2, Tuesday, 9 am–1 pm
Program: Restored Upland/Wetland Prairie and Oak Savanna Tour. Lynda Boyer, restoration biologist and native seed manager for Heritage Seedlings, a propagator of unusual trees and shrubs, will lead a tour of their farm just south of Salem. 200 acres of habitat restored to its former savanna glory, including a 40 acre former bent grass field seeded in fall 2014. Bring camera, field guide, binoculars and lunch (outhouses, drinking water, and fruit provided). Boyer will discuss successes and frustrations with restoring this endangered habitat. After the walk, enjoy the view under the shade of more than 400 oak trees from Steiwer Hill. Free and open to the public. For directions and to register, contact Boyer, or 503-585-9835 x 103.More information about Heritage Seedlings restoration work is available at

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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