State & Chapter Events

Updated 26 October 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


July 15–17, 2016, Friday–Sunday
Annual Meeting 2016 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. For the most current information, visit the annual meeting website,

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
November 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Oregon Season Trackers. Amy Grotta with Oregon State University Extension Service will discuss a new OSU program. Oregon Season Tracker is a localized application of the citizen scientist concept, focused on seasonal rainfall and plant monitoring. Oregon Season Tracker participates in the National Phenology Network, in which volunteers monitor selected native plants over the growing season. 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.
November 9, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Botanical Genesis: Creating Wildflowers Galore In this new era of conservation, humans shape every aspect of our environment. If you hike at Bald Hill Farm you will witness this transformation. Matt Blakeley-Smith with the Greenbelt Land Trust will explain local grassroots efforts to conserve land, revive endangered species, and involve people every step of the way. Featuring indulgent botanical photos. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For information, contact Jordan Brown at 253-820-3934 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.
November 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Conserving Pollination Services in Tropical Forest Landscapes. Pollinators and the services they provide are in decline worldwide, but the causes remain cryptic, particularly in tropical forest. Dr. Matthew Betts, associate professor of landscape ecology at Oregon State University, will summarize eight years of research designed to understand pollination dynamics in the montane tropical forests of Costa Rica. Topics include limitations to hummingbird movement, pollinator recognition by Heliconia tortuosa, and implications for coevolution and conservation. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call Steven at 541-521-3964 or see
December 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Event: Holiday Social and Picture Show: Bring 10 to 12 digital photos and a snack to share if you wish. Come and socialize with others who share your interest in native plants. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call Steven at 541-521-3964.


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,

High Desert

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

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Kim Elliott
November 5, Thursday, 6:30–8 pm
Program: Carnivorous Plants. Plant enthusiast and NPSO member Lacey Jarrell will discuss carnivorous plant genera in Oregon. See chapter website for additional information. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.
December 3, Thursday, 6:30–8:30 pm
Program: Fire Ecology. US Forest Service ecologist James Klungness-Mshoi will speak about fire ecology. See chapter website for additional information. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
November 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting/Program: Remembering Jerry Igo — Videos and Other Memories. This program will be presented by chapter members working to ensure Jerry Igo's work is preserved and shared for the benefit of NPSO and the wider native plant community. This program will be part of the monthly chapter meeting. Location: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 1, Room 1.362, 400 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles. Further 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.

November 12, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Portland Area Meadows and Pollinators. Can we all do more to bring back Oregon’s natural habitats? Join Mark Griswold Wilson, restoration ecologist and landscape designer, as he discusses the cultural history of the Willamette Valley’s prairie savannah landscape and a potential urban analog — the native plant meadow garden. He will present the idea of planting urban meadows as turf alternatives for: conserving water, improving water quality, providing habitat for pollinators, and introducing an interested gardening public to our native prairie plants. He will also identify some commonly seen urban bees and recommend native meadow plant communities to use in your own yard to provide a micro-habitat for them. Meeting location: Metro Building, Portland, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
December 10, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Members Meeting. Bring your electronic images of native flora on a thumb drive as well as some goodies to share. It is our annual celebration — everyone welcome! Meeting location: Metro Building, Portland, 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 2015, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
November 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Using Native Plants in the Landscape. Jen Hardin-Tietjen will discuss the benefits of replacing high maintenance garden plants with natives. Jen is the general manager of Forestfarm at Pacifica, a non-profit rare plant nursery with a large selection of native plants. Jen became interested in native plants as an avid backpacker in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Refreshments at 6:45, meeting and program at 7 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Bldg., Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.
December 10, Thursday, 6 pm
Holiday Potluck/Silent Auction/Program: Winding Trails. Lee Webb and Phil Hicks, retired U.S. Forest Service biologists, will present a historical retrospective of the life of Alva (Al) Hobart, botanist and explorer, who roamed most of the Siskiyous and made many important discoveries about the region's plants. This is our annual holiday season potluck with lots of goodies and surprises. Feasting begins at 6:30, program at 7 pm. Location: Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main, Talent. Please bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), food donation for the Talent Food Project, and packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange. Free and open to the public. If you have questions 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.
November 10, Tuesday, 7–8 pm
Program: Green Streets, Planting Design, and Concepts for Urban Stormwater Management. Mark Akimoff, environmental program technician with the City of Keizer, will discuss removing pollutants with vegetated stormwater facilities, such as rain gardens. He will also describe the native plant species used in the facilities. Mark has a degree in horticultural science from Oregon State University and over 18 years of experience in the landscape and nursery industry. In his spare time, he runs Illahe Rare Bulbs, a nursery specializing in hardy flower bulbs from around the world. Sponsored by the Willamette Valley Chapter. Location: Straub Environmental Center, 1320 A Street NE, next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High. Free and open to the public. For more 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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