State & Chapter Events

Updated 29 June 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


October TBD, Eugene
State Board Meeting The next meeting of the NPSO State Board will be in Eugene, and will likely be scheduled for October 18 or 25.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.
There will not be a chapter meeting in July.
July 12, Saturday 10am-noon
Work Party at Avery House Bring a snack to share for lunch and a trowel and clippers. Contact Esther for more information or if you plan to come to help out. Esther (541-754-0893)
July 20, Sunday, 8:30 am
Field Trip: Middle Santiam Area Old-Growth Hike. Our destination will be either Scar Mountain trail (FS #3402) or South Pyramid Creek (FS #3403). Expect to enjoy 5-6 miles of mostly moderate grades to level traverses, old growth, meadow openings, and superb views! Bring lunch and normal hiking gear, including trekking poles if you use them. Location: meet at the OSU parking lot north of Burt Hall, which is west of the Beanery and bordered by 27th St. and Arnold Way. We will depart from Corvallis at 8:30 am. For more information (destination will be decided by the week of the hike), contact Loren Russell at 541-752-7558 or
August 9, Saturday, 7 am
Field Trip: Middle Pyramid Hike. We will hike two miles up to Middle Pyramid to see gentians and other wildflowers. It is a difficult hike toward the end. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothes. Bring a lunch and water. An alternative hike from the same trail head is the easy and beautiful South Pyramid trail. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot across from The Beanery at 26th and Monroe for a 7 am departure. For more information, contact Louise at 541-753-0012 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.
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.
July 19, Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Field Trip: Upper Elk Meadows. Alan Curtis leads this hike, located 30 miles from Cottage Grove. Elevation of the meadow is 4,000 ft. Over 200 species of vascular plants have been identified here. We expect to see Frasera umpquaensis and several orchid species on this hike. 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. Contact trip leader Alan Curtis 541-345-2571 to register.
August 8, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Field Trip: Tour of the Fish Lake Remount Station. In the upper McKenzie River drainage, caretaker Jim Denny takes us on a tour of an historic cluster of log cabins constructed more than a hundred years ago. Afterwards, botanist Jenny Lippert leads a walk down the old Santiam Wagon Road and through Fish Lake Meadow. Bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Location: meet at 8:30 am at South Eugene High School. We'll return to Eugene by 4:30 pm. For more information and to register, call Jenny at 541-225-6440.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email

Klamath Basin

This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president at
July 12, Saturday, 9 am – noon
Tour: Chiloquin Native Plant Garden. Joan Rowe will lead this tour to see native plants along the canal, native plants used as ornamentals in a garden, and an unirrigated 1/3 acre area that is being converted from weeds to native plants. Location: meet at 39560 Modoc Point Rd., just north of the Wood River Wetland parking area. Please drive all the way in and park in the circular section of the driveway. From Klamath Falls, take 97 north to Modoc Point Rd. (signed as Williamson River Resort Area turn off). Follow Modoc Point Rd for 10 miles. From Chiloquin, take 422 north to its junction with Modoc Point Rd., turn left and drive about 1 mile. The house is located on the Wood River Canal. For information, contact
July 26, Saturday, 9 am – noon
Field Trip: Big Meadow. Led by Sarah Malaby, we will explore the Big Meadow area, which provides habitat for 4 species of rare plants and an abundance of native shrubs and wildflowers. Easy to moderate walking. Location: meet at the junction of Hwy 140 west and Forest Road 3651. From Klamath Falls, take Hwy 140 west, turn right (north) at the sign for the Cold Springs Trailhead (approx 3.5 miles past the turn off to Rocky Point). From there we will car pool to the meadow, with stops along the way. For information, contact


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu.
The Mid-Columbia Chapter will not meet again until September 18
If you would like to help out with the planning of the 2015 NPSO Annual Meeting, contact Dell at

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.

July 12, Saturday, 7 am (Portland) 9:30 am (Trailhead)
Field Trip: Browder Ridge. Browder Ridge is a neighbor to Iron Mt. We will hike 6.2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 1,500 ft. Depending on time and group energy, we may go another mile to the top of the ridge. Flowers we should see include Anemone deltoidea, Lilium washingtonianum, Mimulus spp., Delphinium spp., Penstemon spp., Pedicularis bracteosa, Listera caurina (synonym of Listera banksiana), Corallorrhiza spp., Allotropa virgata, and perhaps Hemitomes congestum. Bring good footwear, sunblock, lunch, and water. Return to Portland late afternoon. Location: meet at 7 am in Portland for carpooling or at 9:30 am at the Gate Creek Trailhead (see William Sullivan's book for a map and description or contact Tom Dyke). People wanting to stay overnight near Browder Ridge, join a possible hike on Friday, or sign up should contact Tom Dyke:, 503-208-2341. For information about the Portland carpool and to sign up, contact Brent Miller,, 503-382-7605.
August 10, Sunday, 9 am
Field Trip: Salmon River. Trip length and duration will be determined by the group’s interest but assume medium length, small to medium elevation gain, and a full day or nearly full day trip. Because less will be in bloom in August, we will also enjoy the beautiful river and mountain scenery. NW Forest Pass required for each vehicle. For more information, contact Roger Brewer at or 503-789-5027.
August, Date and Time TBD
Field Trip: Boulder Lake/Bonnie Meadows. This hike in the Mt. Hood National Forest will likely be in late August. For more information, check the NPSO website, Portland Chapter, or contact Roger Brewer, or 503-789-5027. The hike to Boulder Lake is short and easy. From there we will continue towards Bonnie Meadow (5 miles RT, 1,100 ft. elevation gain) but may not get all the way. If huckleberries are ripe, we will stop along the trail to pick some. Driving time from Portland is about 1:45.


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:
July 4, Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Wildflower Show: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial. This annual show is coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter and features over 300 species of flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous, and the valleys in between. Free admission. Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park)
July 26, Saturday, 8:30 am
Hike: Big Red Mountain in the Summer. Hike the PCT to see the mid-summer bloom. Expect to see Siskiyou willowherb, Lee’s lewisia, velvet lupine, woodland beardtongue, lanceleaf stonecrop, bear grass, and many other species. Moderately strenuous, 5 miles round trip with nearly 1000’ elevation gain. Terrain is mainly exposed serpentine rock, with some stretches of woodland. Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes, and sun protection. Location: meet in the Ray's Food Store parking lot in Talent. Leader: Alex Maksymowicz, 541-482-1964.

Umpqua Valley

Visit for more information on chapter activities.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
July 12, Saturday, 7 am
Field Trip: Iron Mountain Enjoy one of the best wildflower hikes in Oregon. Iron Mountain (near Sweet Home) has over 300 different species of flowers amid stands of trees and meadows. John Savage 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 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.
August 1, Friday, 10 am–2 pm
Field Trip: Wildflower Hike As part of "Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness" on Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, there will be a wildflower hike, led by a local botanist. Location: meet at the Main Eagle trailhead. Check the forest website for details: or call the local Ranger District at 541-426-5546.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Our chapter continues to work on weeding and re-vegetating Gangloff Park in La Grande. If you would like to help, call 541-963-0477.
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