State & Chapter Events

Updated 27 June 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


New NPSO Chapter and State Directors
Filipendula is a newly official NPSO Chapter that will coordinate native plant events along the northern Oregon coast. Look for more information about this chapter in the August/September Bulletin.

Two new Directors-at-large have been appointed since the list of new State Board members was printed in the June Bulletin. Please welcome Susan Berger and Sam Friedman.

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.
July 12, Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Marys Peak. (rescheduled from June) Join Rosalie Bienek and Esther McEvoy on a hike from the campground to the summit and back in a loop through the noble fir forest. We will search for and identify wildflowers. Bring a lunch, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot, SW of the Beanery at 26th and Monroe. Contact Esther for more information: 541-754-0893.
August 15, Saturday, 7 am–late afternoon
Field Trip: Middle Pyramid Climb Middle Pyramid to see the blue Gentians growing near the top. There are many other wildflowers along the way and the view from the top is spectacular. This is at least a two mile hike up, 2,000’ elevation change, with the first part easy and the last part difficult. Bill Sullivan and the FS say this is four miles round trip, but most hikers believe it is closer to six. 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 information and to RSVP, contact Louise: or 541-753-0012.


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 11, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Field Trip: Upper Elk Meadows. Alan Curtis leads this hike, located 30 miles from Cottage Grove. Elevation is 4,000 ft. 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, 400 E 19th Ave.


This is a newly formed chapter for the northern Oregon coast area. For more information, visit our Facebook page: NPSO-Filipendula Chapter, where we post details about upcoming hikes.
July TBD, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Looking for Carex nudata. Carex nudata, torrent sedge, is known on the lower and middle Nehalem River to just below Hwy 26. We will visit it along the Lower Nehalem River Loop Rd. off Hwy 26, then work north on several roads along the river, tracing it upstream as far as we can. Expect to see butterflies and many other riparian species during the trip. Planned stops include Lee Wooten County Park. Location: meet in Seaside to carpool. Information will be posted on our Facebook page: NPSO-Filipendula Chapter.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email
July 11, Saturday
Field Trip: Steins Pillar. Hike with Sarah Garvin to the pillar named for Enoch Steen, though it is known as Steins Pillar. Check our chapter website ( for details.
July 18–19, Saturday-Sunday
Field Trip: Steens Mountain. This landform was also named for Enoch Steen. Join Rick Hall, retired BLM botanist, and Lindsey Riibe, who is researching plants and their importance for the Greater Sage Grouse. We will be staying at Page Springs and botanizing the Loop Road. Check our chapter website ( for details.
July 28, Tuesday
Field Trip: Little Cultis Lake Fens. Explore the fens with Rick Dewey, the Forest Service's bryophyte (moss) expert and wetland enthusiast for the entire Pacific Northwest. Fens are rich in biodiversity and Rick is loaded with information. Come appreciate the minutiae and learn about this unique habitat. A hand lens and rubber boots are recommended. Check our chapter website ( for details.
August 15–16, Saturday–Sunday
Workshop: Botanical Illustration. Rebecca Brown-Thompson will teach a sketching workshop with an emphasis on plants. We will cover everything from contour sketching, to seeing negative and positive shapes, proportions, perspective (made easy), and tonal rendering. Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, will focus on drawing skills in the studio and Sunday will be in the field. There is a $25 course fee, class size limited to 8. Check our chapter website ( for details.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Kim Elliott
July 18, Saturday, 8:30 am–2 pm
Field Trip: Conifer Caravan. Retired forest service botanist Sarah Malaby will lead this traveling tour to see all 14 conifer species in Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin, plus a few bonus species. We will make several stops along Highway 140 and the Cold Springs Trailhead road, ending at the top of Pelican Butte. Roads will be suitable for passenger cars until the turnoff to Pelican Butte. Participants who want to make the full trip should either bring a high clearance vehicle with 4WD or plan on carpooling. Lunch, water, and sturdy shoes are recommended. Mosquitoes may be abundant. Location: meet at the US Fish and Wildlife Service parking lot at 1936 California Ave., Klamath Falls. See the chapter website for more information.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
Our regular chapter meetings will re-commence on September 17.
Thanks to all who helped with the planning and execution of the 2015 Annual Meeting in Hood River. By all reports the meeting was a success. We rock!
August, TBD
Field Trip: TBD. There will probably be a summer hike and picnic sometime in August. Watch your email for details.


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.

July 11, Saturday, 7:30 am
Field Trip: Lookout Mountain, Wash. A moderate 2-mile round trip hike along a rough mountain road with a steady elevation gain of 759’. Hiking sticks help going down. Bring lunch and water. Co-leaders are Don Hardin of the Suksdorfia Chapter, Washington Native Plant Society and Ron Klump, Portland Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon. For more information or to sign up for the hike, contact Don Hardin at


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:
July 4, Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Wildflower Show: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial. Lovingly coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter. Meet some of our beautiful mountain flowers at this indoor flower show. We are seeking volunteers to help with: flower collecting, show set-up, and plant identification on July 3rd; staffing the show on July 4th; and breaking down the show (and leaving with bouquets) from 4 to 6 pm. Contact Sasha,, if you would like to help. Location: Ashland Community Center across from Lithia Park in Ashland.
July 16, Thursday, 4:30 pm
Field Trip: McDonald Peak. Escape the valley heat; walk into the sunset along the Siskiyou Crest with cheese, wine, and wildflowers! Join Adopt A Botanical Area Program Coordinator, Jeanine Moy, and NPSO Siskiyou Chapter President, Kristi Mergenthaler, for an evening walk on the Siskiyou Crest to observe rare and disjunct plants such as the Mt. Ashland lupine, monument plant, Henderson’s horkelia and Howell’s tauschia. Bring wine or cheese to share! Location: carpool leaves from the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 4:30 pm.
July 18, Saturday, 10:45 am
Hike: Crater Lake. We will hike with CLNP botanist Jennifer Beck to the summit of Mt. Scott (the highest point in the Park) to see what plants grow in this harsh environment, and discuss the plight of whitebark pine and the Park's efforts to conserve and restore it. It is a strenuous 4.4 miles round trip with a gain of 1250' ft. Afterward, we will drive along East Rim Drive to view some of the Park's rare plants, including the Crater Lake rockcress (Boechera horizontalis) and the pumice grapefern (Botrychium pumicola). Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, and layers of clothing. Location: meet at 10:45 at the Mt. Scott trailhead on East Rim Drive. A map of the park is available at, click the "view Park Map" option in the "Park Tools" section in the lower left corner.

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.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
July 12, Sunday, 8–11:30 am
Field Trip: Kingston Prairie Hike. This 52-acre Nature Conservancy Preserve southeast of Stayton is the best example of native prairie remaining in the central Willamette Valley. Both wet and dry habitats harbor native grasses and a host of wildflowers. To register and get carpooling instructions, call John Savage at 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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