State & Chapter Events

Updated 12 August 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


October 17, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next meeting of the NPSO State Board will be hosted by the High Desert Chapter in the Bend area.
July 15–17, 2015, Friday–Sunday
Annual Meeting 2016 The Emerald Chapter will host the 2016 NPSO Annual Meeting on a private forested 46 acre property near the majestic McKenzie River, a fifty-minute drive from Eugene. Location: McKenzie River Conference Center, Rainbow, Oregon.

Blue Mountain

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


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
September 24, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Mountain Islands in a Desert Sea. Dave and Jan Dobak, with the NPSO Portland Chapter, will give us a look at northern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and Wheeler Peak, and California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00. 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
October 22, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: A Tale of Two Lilies. Jordan Brown will be speaking about native plant conservation in the state of Oregon, specifically showcasing two spectacular endangered lilies: the western lily and Gentner's fritillary. The ongoing work with these two species exemplifies how our efforts can help conserve and recover imperiled plants as we gain more knowledge about them and the threats they face. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00. 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.
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.
September 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Marvelous Milkweeds. Kevin Weitemier gives us an overview of the beautiful and unusual plant genus Asclepias, the milkweeds. Come to learn about the bizarre flowers of these plants and their close association with monarch butterflies. Included in the native milkweeds of Oregon is a recent discovery. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-349-9999.
October 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Stunning Flowers and Landscapes of South Africa. Bitty Roy and Michael Wherley will show us why South Africa is where plant people go on pilgrimage. There are expanses of desert blooms, savannah and grasslands, odd forests, and the fynbos, a Mediterranean shrubland with about 10,000 species, a large fraction of which are endemic. We will illustrate the flowers within the context of their landscapes, as well as some of their pollinators and herbivores. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-521-3964.
November 19, Thursday, 7 pm - Save the Date!
Program: Conserving Pollination Services in Tropical Forest Landscapes. Presented by Matthew Betts, professor of landscape ecology at Oregon State University.


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.

High Desert

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


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
September 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting/Program: Transgenic Engineering: Biofuel Threat to Riparian Habitats in the Columbia River System, a Case Study. Presented by Billy Don Robinson, NPSO Legislative Committee Chair. Location: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 1, Room 1.362, 400 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles. For more information: Billy Don, 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.

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.

September 10, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Revising Hitchcock and Cronquist’s Flora of the Pacific Northwest. 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:
September 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Bigfoot Trail: a Celebration of Klamath Mountain Flora. The Bigfoot Trail travels 360 miles across the Klamath Mountains, from the subalpine slopes of the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness to the temperate rainforest in Crescent City. Michael Kauffmann, the trail’s originator, will take you on a photographic journey along the trail and celebrate both common and rare plants along the way—including 32 species of conifers. Michael’s books (Conifer Country, Conifers of the Pacific Slope, and the just-released Field Guide to Manzanitas) will be available along with maps of the Bigfoot Trail. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00. Location: Southern Oregon University Campus (exact location TBD). Free and open to the public. 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.
T-shirts available soon. Only $15.00. We will have men’s and women’s in several sizes and colors, made of organic cotton. An image of our endemic Calochortus coxii graces the front. A sample can be seen on our Facebook page.
Seeds available now: We have showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) 2014 seeds available if anyone would like some to plant and help the monarch butterfly. We found how to grow instructions at

We are planning field trips and events for the next few months. Check our Facebook page for dates and destinations or call Donna at 541-459-2821.

Late Summer
Meeting: Summer Potluck. A late summer potluck is being planned, with the final date and time not yet scheduled. Hope to see a lot of our members and friends this year. Location: M.A. Hansen’s house, 548 W Hickory St., Roseburg.
Late Summer/Early Fall
Class/Workshop: Herbarium Archiving. Join us for a herbarium archiving class with instructor Erin Riggs, herbarium curator at Hoyt Arboretum. This will be a 3 hour class focusing on recommended archiving techniques of recently collected herbarium specimens. Location: herbarium in the Douglas County Museum. Call Donna Rawson, 541-459-2821, if you would like to attend this class or learn more about the herbarium.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.

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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