State & Chapter Events

Updated 6 June 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


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.
Field trip meeting location:
Corner of SE Linfield Ave. and Blaine St., McMinnville. To get there, take Hwy. 99W in south McMinnville, turn at Great Harvest toward the Linfield College campus on Linfield Ave. Park on the street.
June 23, July 28, August 25, Saturdays, 9–11 am
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.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Find us on Facebook at
June 16, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Mary’s Peak. Led by Phil Hays and Esther McEvoy. We will hike from the campground through the noble fir forest to the rock garden on the summit. Note this hike does gain elevation to the summit. There should be a lovely display of flowering plants. Be prepared for any weather condition and bring a lunch and water. We will be back mid-afternoon. Location: Meet at the parking lot southwest from the Monroe St. Beanery. For more information contact Esther at 541-754-0893 or
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."
June 9, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Horse Rock Ridge. Alan Curtis leads a 3 mile hike to a steep, rocky meadow high in the Coburg Hills north of Springfield. Enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and great botanical diversity. Bring water and lunch. Location: meet at 19th and Patterson in the South Eugene High School parking lot. For more information, contact Alan Curtis at
June 19, Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Meeting: Potluck and Programming Planning Session. All Emerald Chapter members are invited to this Potluck for socializing and providing input for speakers at next year’s programs. Gail Baker and Clay Gautier will host this planning potluck in their beautiful native plant garden. Bring a main dish or salad to share. We hope you can join us! Location: 350 East 32nd Ave., Eugene. Please park on street or ride your bike and walk around west side of house through backyard. For more information call 541-344-8377.
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,

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.

May is Native Plant Month PDX 2018
Events are included below but for more details, please see Native Plant Month PDX website.
June 9, Saturday, 9 am–4:30 pm
June 10, Sunday
Field Trip: Hot Springs Fork, Collawash River. We will hike 8.6 miles round trip to a viewpoint (or less if the group desires). Lots of rhododendron on this trail. For those wanting to soak at the end, bring bathing suit and $5.00. This tour is oriented towards beginning native plant enthusiasts and will go at a moderate pace. Please do some research and be prepared to tell us about one plant species or other aspect of natural history. Leader: Mary Vogel. Sign up or ask questions on the NPSO Portland Meetup:
June 14, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Colorful Desert Jewels. Ginny Maffitt will give us a review of the 2018 American Penstemon Society meeting in Nevada. She will share photos from field trips into the red rock canyons and desert habitats as well as the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden where Las Vegas got its start. She will also tell us about her long project to have a rare Penstemon, found only in the Tualatin Valley, listed as a new species! Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., see above for details.
June 15, Friday, 5:30–8 pm
Field Trip: Green Infrastructure Bike Tour. For a trip preview, review the Stormwater Cycling Tour brochure, available online at, though we won’t do the whole 13 mile tour—or even to follow it exactly. Leader: Mary Vogel. Location: meet at the parking lot by SE Madison and SE Salmon (east of the Esplanade).
June 16, Saturday
Field Trip: Saddle Mountain. We will hike 5 miles round trip with a 1,600 ft. gain, at a botany pace (slow). This botanic gem near the coast has myriad species, including Dodecatheon dentatum, Corydalis scouleri, Allium crenulatum, Lewisia columbiana, Sidalcea hendersonii, Polypodium scouleri, and Saxifraga caespitosa. If we make it to the summit and the weather cooperates, we’ll be treated to a view from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Jefferson. Plan for a full day. 160 mile round trip drive from Portland. To sign up, contact leader Rick Shory: or 503 253-8100.
June 23–24, Saturday–Sunday
Field Trip: Black Wolf Mountain/Anvil Lake This is a great opportunity to view bog and marsh wildflowers in a secluded setting. Conditions are wet, bring waterproof footwear. We are hoping for shooting stars, bog orchids, camas, Caltha, Kalmia, marsh violets, monkshood, elephant’s head, and sundews. Hike 2.6 miles round trip with about 170 ft. gain/loss. High Rock is a short drive up the road and will be an afternoon or evening hike. Sweeping views with many rock and cliff loving plants including several penstemons, saxifrages, lilies, and paintbrushes. Hike two miles round trip to the summit with about 315 ft. gain/loss. There is an optional camp-out Saturday night. On Sunday we will explore areas nearby (perhaps Signal Peaks, Wolf Peak, or Pyramid Lake). Drive is about two hours one way from Portland through Estacada and Ripplebrook on Highway 224. Co-leaders: Clarice Johnston and Jason Clinch. To sign up, contact Beth Magnus, 503-706-5108 or For plant lists and camping details, contact Jason Clinch, 503-706-2404 or
June 30, Saturday
Field Trip: Sister Rocks, Trapper Creek Wilderness The 5,969 acre Trapper Creek Wilderness protects nearly all of the Trapper Creek drainage and provides critical anadromous fish habitat in the Wind River watershed. We will take the Sisters Rocks trail from Rd. 5800 to the top of Observation Peak, passing through a silver fir nature preserve on the way. If we make the entire trip, it is 5.6 miles round trip with a 1,390 ft. gain. Expect plants of the old growth forest along the way and bear grass, penstemons, paintbrush, gentians, and Campanula on the higher rocky outcrops. Led by Nancy Chapman and Willow Elliott. To sign up and for carpooling information, contact
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 22, Sunday, 8 am
Field Trip: Top Lake to Double Peaks. We will hike 5.3 miles round trip with good views in the Ollalie Lakes Scenic Area, Mt. Hood National Forest. This tour is oriented towards beginning native plant enthusiasts and will go at a moderate interpretive pace. Please do some research and be prepared to tell us about one plant species or other aspect of natural history. Leader: Mary Vogel. Location: meet at Gateway Transit Center Garage. Sign up or ask questions on the NPSO Portland Meetup:


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:
June 9, Saturday, 2:30 pm
Volunteer: Fourth Annual Star Thistle Pull at Mariposa Preserve. Join NPSO, KS Wild, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and the Medford BLM for an invasive weed pull in the Mariposa Preserve just outside of Ashland. We will continue to clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green’s mariposa lily (Calochortus greenei) and observe wildflowers along the way. Volunteers will gather for pizza and drinks at Caldera Brewery around 6:30 pm following the event. Location: meet at 2:30 pm to carpool from Clover Lane, Ashland (meet in front of El Paraiso restaurant). For more information or to sign up contact Katelyn Detweiler,
June 9, Saturday, 9 am–Noon
Volunteer: Let’s Pull Together. We will remove Scotch broom, yellow starthistle, and other invasive plants at Rogue River Preserve and Dodge Bridge County Park. Let’s Pull Together is hosted in towns across the West Coast. The Jackson County Weed Management Area ( is hosting this local, family-friendly event. Free snacks, t-shirts, and stickers provided. Bring long pants, gloves (if you have them), water, sunscreen, and sun hat. Co-sponsored by the Siskiyou Chapter. Location: Eagle Point. Please register for exact meeting location, and directions. Sign up at
June 16, Saturday, 10 am–Noon
Volunteer: Urban Wildflower Seed Collection. NPSO will partner with Rogue Native Plant Partnership and Oregon Department of Wildlife to collect wildflower seed from an urban lot that is posted for sale off Hwy 62 in Medford. Camas (Camassia quamash), blow wives (Achyrachaena mollis), and seablush (Plectritis congesta) are among the seeds we will be collecting. Some seed collection supplies will be supplied. For more information or to sign up, contact Katelyn Detweiler,
Workshop: Bumble Bee ID Date and time TBD.
June 28, Thursday, 4 pm
Field Trip: Grizzly Peak Botanist Kristi Mergenthaler (NPSO) and terrestrial ecologist Evan Frost (Soda Mt Wilderness Council) will lead an early evening hike through beautiful older forests and flower-filled meadows to a viewpoint (elevation 5,850 feet) on Grizzly Peak overlooking the Bear Creek Valley. About three miles round-trip. Moderate. Email to sign up and get more information, including the meeting location in Ashland.
July 4, Wednesday, 10 am–4 pm
Wildflower Show: Irene Hollenbeck Memorial. his 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.

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.
June 9, Saturday, 8:30 am–5 pm
Field Trip: King Mountain. This area has never disappointed photographers, hikers, or plant enthusiasts due to the variety of plant species. We expect to see several species of Eriogonum, Sedum, Penstemon, Fritillaria, some unusual Phacelia and more. This is an easy stroll. Check our Facebook page for photos ( Bring lunch, water, and hiking gear. Location: meet at 9 am at the Douglas County Courthouse, see above for details. We will leave at 9:30 sharp. RSVP call or text Donna at 541-643-0364 the night before to be sure our plans have not changed.
June 16, Saturday, 9:30 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Bilger Ridge, Myrtle Creek, or Lake in the Woods. (We are reserving two weekends for Bilger Ridge. Final plans depend on the bloom time for the mariposa lily. See June 23 field trip for Lake in the Woods details) We are heading to Bilger Ridge near Myrtle Creek to see our very own mariposa lily, Calochortus Coxii. It only grows in a few isolated areas in Douglas County and is listed on Oregon’s rare and endangered species list. Chapter member Ted Schattenkerk will escort us to an area where we can explore and take photos. Please join us. Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water. RSVP to Donna at 541-643-0364. Our plans can change depending on bloom time so please call the night before the field trip.
June 23, Saturday, 9:30 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Lake in the Woods or Bilger Ridge. (See June 16 field trip for Bilger Ridge details.) Lake in the Woods is located 20 miles up Little River Rd. from Glide. There are nearby hiking trails to scenic waterfalls (Yakso Falls Trail #1519). The area is alive with color in the spring when the rhododendrons, as well as many wildflowers, are in bloom. RSVP to Donna at 541-643-0364. Our plans can change depending on bloom time so please call the night before the field trip.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
June 9, Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
Field Trip: Mt. Hebo Nature and Wildflower Hike. Straub Environmental Center educators will lead a family-friendly hike to view the rare Coast Range fawn lily, Davidson’s penstemon, rusty saxifrage, and other wildflowers of Mt. Hebo, near Grand Ronde. The four-mile nature walk (with 300 feet of gain) also features a stunning view of the ocean and a possible sighting of a Fender’s blue butterfly. Bring lunch, water, and appropriate foot gear and clothing. Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, 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. Limited to 10, 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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