State & Chapter Events

Updated 3 March 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


April 7, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next state board meeting will be hosted by the Siskiyou Chapter. Location: Talent Town Hall in downtown Talent, 206 E. Main.
April 22–28, Sunday-Saturday
Native Plant Appreciation Week Our annual state-wide celebration of native plants. Details of events will be in the April Bulletin.
June 1–3, 2018 Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2018 The next Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by the Portland and High Desert Chapters. For more details and registration, please visit here.

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.
March 22, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Magical Forests, Flowers, Birds and Frogs Costa Rica offers natural history enthusiasts a huge variety of unique places to explore. Gail Baker and Clayton Gautier will share photos and stories of their adventures in five different Costa Rican natural reserves: the Monteverde cloud forests, La Selva tropical wet forests, open páramo of the Talamanca Mountains, Los Quetzales National Park, the coastal jungle of Corcovado National Park, and premontane wet forest at Las Cruces, which borders Panama. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.
March 24, April 28, Saturdays, 10–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. 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.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact
March 12, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting: Soil! What It Is and How It Works. James Cassidy, instructor of Soil Science at OSU, will talk about soil and native plants: It’s ALL about soil! You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know! Location: Room 2087 Cordley Hall, 2701 SW Campus Way, OSU. For information email Judi Sanders at or call Louise at 541-753-0012.
March 17, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lichen Walk. Led by Bruce McCune, to two homes in the Corvallis area. We will visit Esther McEvoy’s home and Dan Luoma's previous home on Harrison to look at and identify lichens in an urban setting. Location: meet at Esther's home at 3290 SW Willamette Avenue, Corvallis at 10 am. For more information contact Esther at 541-754-0893 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."
March 17, Saturday, 6:30 pm
Program: A Closer Look at Camassia. Camas (Camassia spp.) is well known and loved in the Willamette Valley as a beautiful spring wildflower, a foundation species of the prairies and oak habitats, and as a traditional food of indigenous people wherever it grows. Instructor Heron Brae of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies will present a slideshow looking at botany, diversity, ecology, and traditional uses of camas. Heron includes personal stories of working with planting, monitoring, harvesting, and cooking this beloved geophyte. Location: Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St., Eugene, see above for details. For more information call 541-954-5334.


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,
March 14, Wednesday, 9 am–noon
Volunteer: Transplant Native Plants at Reed Ranch. Many secondary compounds in fungi and lichens fluoresce distinctive colors under ultraviolet light. We will be using UV flashlights and wearing safety glasses to look at local species on one of the main trails at Lewis & Clark National Historic Park. Raingear highly recommended. Limit 12 people. Location: Meet in front of the Fort Clatsop visitor center by the main parking lot. Contact leader Carla Cole,, for more information.
April 24, Tuesday, 9 am
Field Trip: Saddle Mountain State Natural Area. An early hike to see rare species before the main season begins in May. Look for Erythronium, Lloydia (synonym of Gagea), Dicentra cucullaria, and other early flowering species. Six mile round trip hike has steep sections; wear stout shoes and bring lunch and water. Location: meet at the trailhead off Hwy 26. Trip Leader: TBA, for more information contact 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


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.

March 8, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Exploring the Natural History of Hawaii. Join us for an overview of this island chain’s rapid evolution in isolation, which provides a natural lab for evolutionary ecology of flora and fauna. Speaker Dr. Frank Howarth, medical entomologist, while on the staff of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, researched the native lobelias and tarweeds that adapted to unique environments as well as the fauna of caves and lava tubes. Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St, see above for details.
March 16, Friday, 5:30–8 pm
Field Trip: Green Infrastructure Bike (or Streetcar) Tour. We will first examine the plants and habitat of Tanner Springs Park. Bring the plant list from Then we will head to a streetcar stop or our bicycles and regroup at SW 12th & Montgomery on the PSU campus. We’ll identify plants and critique the various stormwater facilities on the Green Infrastructure Tour ( and more on the way to 4th Ave. How about the Duck House for dinner afterward? Leader: Mary Vogel. Location: Meet at NW 10th & Marshall, by Tanner Springs Park. Sign up or ask questions on the NPSO Portland Meetup page,
March 23, Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek. The premier early flower spot in the Gorge, where we will search for grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, toothworts, several desert parsleys, and others. Easy walking route to 3 miles with 800 ft. gain. Catherine Creek is in the Gifford Pinchot NF about 7.2 miles east of Bingen, WA, Klickitat County. Limited to 12 participants. Location: meet at the Catherine Creek trailhead at 10 am or carpool from Gateway Park and Ride, leaving at 8:30 am. Drive is 134 miles round trip. To sign up or for more information contact leader Ron Klump at
March 24, Saturday, 1–4 pm
Field Trip: Nob Hill Nature Park in St Helens. Join the Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park and the Native Plant Society of Oregon for an easy, low-key stroll through Nob Hill Nature Park to view fawn and chocolate lilies and more in an area currently undergoing restoration. NHNP is a 6.6-acre oak woodland, perched on a basalt bluff. It overlooks the Columbia River. Come visit and give your input on plants found in this lower-Columbia River ecosystem. Poison oak is common off well-maintained trails. Long pants and long sleeves are suggested. This event is on, rain or shine. (Pre-registration not needed.)

Directions: NHNP is 30 miles north of Portland, off Hwy 30, in St Helens. Meet at city’s wastewater treatment facility across from park at 1 PM. Allow about 45 minutes drive time from Portland. Coming from Portland, take Hwy 30 north, past Sauvie Island and past Scappoose. At the WalMart in St Helens, turn right on Gable Road. Go toward the river. Bear right on Plymouth Street and keep bearing right until you see the wastewater treatment plant on the right. There is plenty of easy parking across from the park’s main entrance. (For day of event, call 503-349-8586.) A plant list is available by request by calling trip leader, Caroline Skinner at 503-248-9719.
April 7, Saturday
Field Trip: Sandy Canyon. Hike into a little-known area we’re calling ‘Sandy Canyon.’ We will begin on the cliffs above the Sandy River, near Oxbow Regional Park. The winding trail will pass wildflowers (penstemons, sedums, paint brush, etc.) on sandstone cliffs, going through woodlands. We’ll lunch along the Sandy River in the midst of a now-rare ancient grove of ginormous Douglas fir trees. Round-trip about 4 miles. There are no ‘amenities’ so bring drinking water, first aid, sanitary paper, plus the usual lunch, camera, etc. Contact leader Ginny Maffitt,, for carpool site and departure time.
April 12, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Fire Ecology in the Columbia Gorge. Jurgen Hess, photojournalist and former USFS employee based in Hood River, will speak on the fire ecology of the Columbia Gorge. He will give current information on the long range effects of the Eagle Creek Fire and recovery of native plant communities with ongoing restoration efforts. Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St, see above for details.
April 14, Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Memaloose Hills. Wildflower hike in the East Gorge, moderate, 5–6 miles, 800 ft. gain. This hike is best done for the first time with someone who knows the trail. It is jam-packed with a variety of flower species, including the rare violet suksdorfia and big shows of balsamroot. It boasts a pioneer road, basalt formations, and lovely views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. Located just east of the town of Mosier, this hike was a favorite of Russ Jolley. 140 miles round-trip drive. Co-leaders Beth Magnus and Clarice Johnston. Contact Clarice to sign up and for carpool 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 2018, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program, please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
March 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Talk: Defining Future Desired Conditions—Using Trait-based Ecology to Restore Ecosystems. Historical reference conditions have long been used to guide the restoration of degraded ecosystems but this approach is now being questioned, given a rapidly changing climate. Restoration goals are now becoming focused on creating communities that are resilient to changing climates. Dr. Robert Strahan of Southern Oregon University will provide an overview of this innovative approach, focusing on Southwestern U.S. mixed-conifer forests. 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 Alexis at or

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.
March 10, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Early Spring Wildflowers in Olalla Creek Watershed. Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile to view the first wildflowers of spring, including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria), and rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. Easy walking on this trip. For more information and to sign up, call Donna at 541-459-2821.
March 17, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock. We will explore along lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polystichum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is 8 miles in, at the mouth of Beatty Creek. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate. The second stop is another 1.8 miles to the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping, mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns. Ride sharing is encouraged. Parking is limited. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. For more information and to sign up, call Donna at 541-459-2821.
March 24, Saturday, 9:30 am
Field Trip: North Bank Habitat Management Area. North Bank Habitat Trail System is a moderate 7.1 mile loop trail near Sutherlin that is accessible year-round. This area was set aside to provide secure habitat for the Columbian white-tailed deer and other special status species. It is a popular spot for enjoying wildflowers or bird watching. We will be looking for Sidalcea cusickii (Cusick’s checkermallow), Limnanthes douglasii (Douglas meadowfoam), and unique prairie grasses and graminoids. Easy hikes (with water resistant boots). 15–30 minute drive from Roseburg. For more information and to sign up, call Donna at 541-459-2821.
April 7, Saturday, 8:30 am
Field Trip: Rogue River Trail. We will be looking for blooming plants along the wild and scenic portion of the Rogue River Trail, downstream from Graves Creek. Bring a sack lunch and plan for a moderate 1 to 2 mile hike. This is an all day field trip. For more information and to sign up, call Donna at 541-459-2821.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615

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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