State & Chapter Events

Updated 11 August 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


October 15, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next Board meeting will be hosted by the High Desert Chapter. Location in Bend to be determined.

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, Ore. 97128. Parking lot entrances on Adams and Second streets. Meetings start at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. for socializing.
August 27, Saturdays, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join NPSO volunteers tending the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; the garden is a great place to get more familiar with local native species. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Susan Williams at or 503-538-1865.
September 22, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Aphids in Sun and Shade — What Affects their Distribution? Join NPSO volunteers at Work Party No. 200 (Yes, that’s right! No. 200!) at the Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; the garden is a great place to get more familiar with local native species. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Susan Williams at or 503-538-1865.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact
August 20, Saturday, 8 am – late afternoon.
Field Trip: Triangulation Peak. This is a new destination in the North Santiam drainage, due to the closure of Highway 20 that makes access to the upper elevations of the South Santiam difficult. There should still be many wildflowers along the way since the trail follows the north side of the mountain at about 5,000 ft. elevation. The view from the top is spectacular. Four miles round-trip, 800 ft. gain, with the first part easy and the last part moderate. Bring lunch and water, walking sticks if you use them, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot, southwest of the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dan: 541-752-8860, or
September 10, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Cascade Head. A lovely trip that will be weather and interest dependent. We will either go to the dunes by boat or hike to the headland. Bring a lunch, raingear, and a boat if you wish to forge the Salmon River to the dunes. We will return in the afternoon. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot, southwest of the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. Contact Esther McEvoy for more information at 541-754-0893.
September 18, Sunday, 1–3 pm
Work Party: Avery House Native Plant Garden. Help get the native plant garden ready for fall. Bring water, gloves and a hat. Location: Avery Park. 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.
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.
September 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Exquisite Orchids of Oregon. Long-time member Charlene Simpson gives a program about orchids native to Oregon. Her program includes a discussion of orchids world-wide: their economic importance, diverse forms, and reproductive strategies. She explores the high cost of pollinator specialization and obligate fungal associations. Charlene illustrates her program with stunning images drawn from her 40-year archive of native plant photos. New meeting location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard, Suite 104 in Eugene, see above for details.


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,

Watch our Facebook page for specifics on these and other chapter activities.

Date and Time TBD
Workshop: iNaturalist Overview. Learn how to use the iNaturalist website to track native plant data. We will use the Lewis & Clark National Park’s wi-fi connection, and take new users through sign up and into loading and confirming observations, as well as other aspects of iNaturalist. Location: Lewis & Clark National Park, Fort Clatsop Visitor’s Center, Warrenton.
Date and Time TBD
Botany Hike: Saddle Mountain.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
August 20–21, Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–4:30 pm
Class: Botanical Illustration. Learn botanical illustration with local artist Rebecca Brown-Thompson in her studio. You can take one or both classes. Saturday: field sketching class. Learn drawing techniques with an emphasis on plant illustration. $25 material fee. Sunday: color class. Watercolor painting and colored pencil techniques and color mixing. $35 material fee. Some drawing experience (i.e. the field sketching class) is required for the color class. Check our website ( for details and registration.

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
September 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Fall Wild Card Night! We are holding space open for possibilities including a business meeting, a potluck, updating each other about all the cool stuff we saw and pics we took in the summer of 2016, and maybe a short talk. If we don't get it all done, we'll continue during our October meeting. Location: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 1, Room 1.362, 400 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles. Further information: 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. 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.

September 8, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Care and Feeding of Your Stream — Native Reforestation on Private Land. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s CreekCare program works with private landowners to control invasive plants along streams in the watershed and replace them with appropriate native riparian species. Hydrologic alterations, land use practices, and landowner wishes pose unique challenges to this work in Johnson Creek. CreekCare seeks the “sweet spot” where native plantings can achieve restoration goals and mesh with the needs and wants of property owners. Noah Jenkins, riparian program manager of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, will discuss the conservation efforts of the CreekCare program. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
October 1, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Abies ("True" Firs) Hike. Hike leader Rick Shory has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist. There is only one small area southeast of Mt. Hood where all four species of "true" fir (Abies) in the Northwest grow together, making comparison easy. Come learn this important genus of conifers, how to distinguish the species, and tell them apart from other trees. Very easy hike — a quarter mile on river trail and paved road, but you can make it a longer walk if you wish. Location: leave at 9:00 am, from near Gateway MAX station, SW corner of NE Multnomah Street and NE 99th Ave, by Gateway Medical Pharmacy. Or meet on site at 10:30 am. Round trip from downtown Portland, about 140 miles. Contact Rick Shory at or 503 253-8100 to sign up for the hike and for the exact site.


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:
September 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Proposed Douglas Fir National Monument — A Template for 21st Century National Forest Conservation and Management. Stephen Sharnoff will give an overview of the initiative he and Andy Kerr are working on to establish a Douglas Fir National Monument in the upper Santiam River watershed. Visit the initiative’s website at Sharnoff is a botanical photographer and a research associate at the Jepson Herbarium, UC Berkeley, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He and his late wife Sylvia did the photographic fieldwork for Lichens of North America. He also wrote and illustrated A Field Guide to California Lichens. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.

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 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.
September 4, Sunday, 7 am–6 pm
Field Trip: Jefferson Park John Savage will lead a hike to Jefferson Park in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness about 20 miles beyond Detroit. This is a difficult hike (10 miles with 1,800 ft. gain) to view a wide range of forest and meadow wildflowers as well as spectacular Mt. Jefferson. Hike is free and open to the public, but limited to 11 people. Bring food and water for lunch at Scout Lake. For registration and additional information, 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.
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