State & Chapter Events

Updated 1 July 2018

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State Filipendula Siskiyou
Blue Mountain High Desert South Coast
Cheahmill Klamath Basin Umpqua Valley
Corvallis Mid-Columbia Willamette Valley
Emerald Portland William Cusick


October 13, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Cheahmill Chapter. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Highway 99W and SW Second St.).

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. The library parking lot may be entered from either Adams or Second street.
July 28, August 25, September 22, Saturdays, 9–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Please note our work party time will change in April. Work around the Carnegie Building with a congenial crew to maintain the beauty of this demonstration garden. Bring gloves, bucket, and gardening tools if you have them. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
September 27, Thursday, 6:45–8:45 pm
Program: From Extinction to Recovery—Golden Paintbrush in the Willamette Valley. Tom Kaye, director of the Institute for Applied Ecology, will give a presentation on efforts to reintroduce Castilleja levisecta (golden paintbrush), to the Willamette Valley. The Institute is involved in several projects to restore our wetlands and upland prairies. Reintroduction of rare and endangered species requires: 1. Developing successful methods for seed germination and plant propagation, 2. Field studies on success of direct seeding vs. transplants, and 3. Monitoring to evaluate site preparation strategies and the best micro-sites for planting. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Find us on Facebook at
July 7, Saturday, 8 am
Field Trip: Iron Mountain and Cone Peak. ike the Iron Mountain-Cone Peak loop, identifying wildflowers in this botanical hotspot. We will return in the late afternoon. Bring a lunch and water, 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


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: The venue for programs this season is the Amazon Community Center at 2700 Hilyard St. in Eugene. Go to the M.L.I. Room in Building "C."
July 7, Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
Field Trip: Upper Elk Meadows Alan Curtis leads this hike, located about 30 miles from Cottage Grove at 4,000 feet elevation. 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 at 19th and Patterson. For more information, call Alan Curtis at 541-345-2571 or email


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,
July 21, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Botany by Bike at Fort Stevens State Park. We will tour the biking trails at the park, from Parking Lot A south to C Lake, then north to the old Fort, and back to the starting point. The trail is paved and mostly level with a few low hills and bridges. Plants include introduced Ammophila species (two), as well as native species of dunes and coastal forests. We plan to finish in early afternoon. Bring your own bike, water, lunch and snacks. Location: meet at parking lot A at Ft. Stevens (on the road to the south jetty at the NW tip of the park). For more details contact Amy Hutmacher,
August 23, Thursday, 10 am
Field Trip: Paddle Tour of Blind Slough. The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Blind Slough Swamp Preserve is the largest remaining Sitka spruce swamp in Oregon, growing in freshwater tidal habitat on the Columbia River. Catherine Dunn, TNC, and James Thompson, long time TNC volunteer at Blind Slough and other preserves, will guide us through this 900 acre preserve for a glimpse of the historic condition of much of the Lower Columbia River region. Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, water, lunch and snacks. Location: meet at the Brownsmead Grange, 42280 Fish Lane, to launch on private property. We’ll plan to explore until mid-afternoon. We may return to the Grange for a post-paddle chat about what we saw. For more details contact Amy Hutmacher,

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


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at


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.

There will be no program meetings in July and August!
July 8, Sunday
Field Trip: Top Spur Trail near Lolo Pass. Hike 2.5 miles round trip at 4,000 ft. with slight elevation gain. Views of Mt. Hood, the headwaters of the Sandy River, and a rainbow of native alpine flowers. Those with vertigo take notice: narrow trail in places with steep drop offs and rocky wet meadows. One hour to the trailhead from NE Portland. Carpool drivers need high clearance for the last few miles of potholes. Limited to 10 participants due to wilderness area restrictions. Co-led by Bark and NPSO, Contact Willow Elliott for more information,
July 11, Wednesday, 6:30–8 pm
Field Trip: Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Join us on an easy walk to learn about and appreciate the native plants that make their home in Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a beautiful and diverse wildlife refuge located in the heart of Beaverton. With its wetlands, forests, and streams, this park enables visitors to appreciate native plants in a variety of natural settings. Our botanist guide will be sharing insights as we stroll. We will walk 1–1.5 miles on paved and unpaved trails with minimal elevation change. Held rain or shine. Registration limited to 12. Leaders: Rick Shory and Brenda Hamilton To register, please contact Brenda,
July 14, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Lookout Mountain, Badger Creek Wilderness. Hike 2.9 miles round trip with views from Mt. Adams to the Three Sisters. Wildflowers, geology, meadows. Elevation gain, 565 ft. to top at 6,525 ft. Location: meet at 9 am at ODOT parking lot across from Grace Su’s restaurant, intersection of Hwy 35 and Historic Columbia River Hwy. Or meet at 10:30 am at Lookout Mtn. trailhead. Driving directions: Highway 35 south to Road 44 (paved) to Road 4410 (gravel) six miles to “T” junction, turn left, .25 mile to trailhead. About 30 miles from Hood River to trailhead. Leader: Jurgen Hess, professional photographer and native plant specialist,
July 21, Saturday
Field Trip: Burnt Lake Interpretive Tour, Mt. Hood. We will hike 6.6 miles with a 1,420 ft. gain to High Point at 4,100 ft. Lady fern, devil's club, sword fern, starry solomon plume, oxalis, and bunchberry form a lush groundcover. The montane forest encircling the lake is composed of silver fir, cedar, hemlock, Sitka alder and mountain ash. Views of multi-tiered Lost Creek Falls and Mount Hood reflected in Burnt Lake. Description adapted from Register with leader Mary Vogel, Questions: call 503-245-7858.
July 22, Sunday, 8 am
Field Trip: Top Lake to Double Peaks, Ollalie Lakes Scenic Area: CANCELLED.
July 22, Sunday, 10:50 am
Field Trip: Sunday Parkways Green Loop Bike Tour. The Central City 2035 Plan envisions a loop park connecting nearly a dozen districts. We will ride the Green loop, which will run from the West End to Lloyd to South Waterfront, stopping by the Portland Art Museum, OMSI, the Rose Quarter and more. A draft map of the proposed route is available at Location: Meet at Madison Plaza, near the Portland Art Museum streetcar stop on SW 10th Ave. Leader Mary Vogel will have a red bike helmet and a red platter on her rear bike wheel. To register, email Questions: call 503-245-7858.
September 13, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Lichens of the NW Bioregion. Andrea Montgomery is a botanist for the South District of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Trout Lake, Wash. and a noted lichenologist. She will discuss the most common Pacific NW lichens and their habitats. Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., see above for details. A chance to identify these strange life forms the following morning on a field trip will also be offered, within an hour of Portland, carpooling arranged. If you are interested in the field trip, contact Willow Elliott,


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 2018, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program, please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
July 4, Wednesday, 10 am–4 pm
Wildflower Show: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial. This annual wildflower show features over 300 species of native flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous, and the valleys in between. Come meet some of our beautiful mountain flowers! Free admission. Coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter. Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park in Ashland). For more information contact Barb: or 541-890-2091.
July 14th, 10am
Field Trip: Crater Lake National Park- Garfield Peak Crater Lake National Park botanist, Jenifer Hooke, will lead a hike to Garfield Peak. Meet at Rim Village at 10am for a carpool to the trail head. For more information or to sign up please contact Katelyn Detweiler at
July 28th, 5pm
Wine and Tour of Red Lily Riparian Restoration Project coordinator of the Freshwater Trust, Katelyn Detweiler, will lead a tour of riparian revegetation along the Applegate River on the grounds of Red Lily Vineyard. For more information or to sign up please contact Katelyn Detweiler 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
July 14, Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Bugaboo Ridge Wildflower Hike. Straub Environmental Center educators and members of the Willamette Valley Chapter of NPSO will lead an all-day hike to view the wildflowers of Bugaboo Ridge, one of the premier wildflower hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. The four-mile hike (with moderate elevation gain) passes through forest as well as dry, moist, and wet meadows, and features great views of Mt. Jefferson. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate foot gear and clothing. Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, at 9:00 am. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Cost: $10 for NPSO and David Douglas Society members; $15 for non-members. Cash or check accepted. Space is limited to 10 registrants, ages 12 and up. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call John Savage at 503-779-5414 or email

William Cusick

Chapter notices and communications are done primarily through a Google group. For more information or to be added to the Google group, please contact Susan Geer at 541-963-0477 or Our website is not currently functional.
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