State & Chapter Events

Updated 3 October 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.
Oct. 27, Saturday, 10am to noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library Spend a couple hours between 9 and noon with a congenial crew and get to know native plants with our new green plant markers. Learn how the beauty, diversity and educational value of this mature demonstration garden is maintained with a minimum of effort. Bring gloves, bucket and gardening tools if you have them. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
Oct. 25, Thursday, 6:45 to 8:45 pm
Program: Lessons from the Eagle Creek Fire Lisa Ellsworth, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU, will speak about the role of fire in Pacific Northwest fire-adapted forests, with a special focus on the Eagle Creek fire. 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
October 8, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Observations on the serpentine vegetation of the Blue Mountains - Dick O'Donnell. Dick notes, "scattered here and there in the Blue Mountains of NE Oregon are areas of soil derived from serpentinite. This challenging soil supports a peculiar vegetation." He will summarize 8 years of field work he's done to understand the geology of these outcrops and to inventory their vegetation. Location: Room 2087, Cordley Hall, OSU. For information, contact Judi,
November 4, Sunday, 8am-4pm
Field Trip: Fungi Collection. Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a lunch and water. You will also need waxed paper or paper sandwich bags to hold the fungi, maybe a basket. Location: meet at the OSU Wilkinson Hall parking lot on the SW corner of 26th and Monroe, across from the Monroe Beanery at 8am. For information, contact field trip leaders: Amy Rossman,, or Michele Wiseman,
November 12, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Training the next generation: IAE's internship program Matt Bahm of the Institute of Applied Ecology will present on the IAE internship program (to which Corvallis NPSO has contributed). He says, "each year, the Institute for Applied Ecology hires 3-10 interns as part of our Conservation Research Program. Our interns are given the opportunity to work on rare plant and habitat projects throughout Oregon, gaining exposure to many unique ecosystems, plants, and sampling methodologies, preparing them for future opportunities in ecological fields of inquiry." Location: Room 2087, Cordley Hall, OSU. For information, contact Judi,


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."


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.

October 11th, 7:00pm
Program: Ever Wild: a Lifetime on Mount Adams The twin brothers Darryl and Darvel Lloyd, avid outdoorsmen and co-founders of Friends of Mount Adams in WA, will share their personal stories spanning seven decades. Darryl will present his long awaited book by the same title as the Program, capturing the botany, geology, geography, human history and calling for protection of the North Cascades peak. Darryl’s stunning photography taken from the air and on foot will be a highlight - the lush meadows, ancient forests, boulders, and glaciers of the mountain note the stewardship the Lloyd brothers have undertaken over their lifetimes. The book will be for sale at the event open to the public for $30 by check or cash sales only.
November 6th, 2:00pm
Hike: Learn the four major broadleaf trees - Oaks Bottom Learn to tell apart the major broadleaf trees of western Oregon. Limbs will be partly bare, so we can see the branch structure; but there will be some leaves remaining, to learn by the foliage. Don't be fooled! Our native trees are there, but some "guest" trees have crept in over the years from the neighborhoods. From the parking area on Milwaukie Avenue we'll walk downhill into the quiet retreat of Portland's urban wildlife refuge. We will be able to see all the trees within a mile round trip, entirely from paved paths, but you can explore further if you wish. Held rain or shine.
November 8th, 7:00pm
Program: Plant Defenses of the Amazon Forest Georgia Sinimbu studied the evolutionary life of extrafloral nectaries in the Amazon Forest of Brazil, her homeland. Her incredible time among the biome and all it’s living creatures will unfold ending up with her doctoral degree. She now lives in Portland where she’s still cooling off.


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:
Thursday, October 18th 9am
Big Red Mountain of the Serpentine Siskiyou Explore Big Red Mountain of the Serpentine Siskiyou with botanist Rachel Werling (OSU Land Steward Coordinator). Hike a moderate ~3-4.5 miles of the PCT between Siskiyou Gap and Wrangle Gap. Elevation Change is about 1000 ft. Keep an eye out for Siskiyou willow herb, Lemmon’s sword fern, western white pine, vast fields of bear grass and many others. Meet at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot at 9am. The hike will finish up around mid-afternoon. Bring lunch, plenty water, sunscreen and dress for the weather. For more information or to sign up please contact Katelyn at
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Talk: Peninger Restoration Project Join Karlia Ver Eecke, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, as she discusses post-fire restoration on Bear Creek. The JSCWD is leading the post-fire community restoration project of the Peninger Fire area in Central Point. This fire burned 123 acres on July 17, including 35 acres of riparian zone along the Bear Creek Greenway. With community partners including ODOT, RVCOG, Fire District 3, and the Central Point Police Department, the area will be restored to meet ecological and public safety goals. Refreshments at 6:45pm, meeting and program at 7:00pm. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Alexis at or 860-878-2049.
Friday, October 26th 9am-3pm
Local Wildfire Ecology in our Watershed Join Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and KS Wild for a loop hike around Grizzly Peak with fire ecologist, Dennis Odion, to observe the necessary impacts wildfire has in our local watershed. We’ll examine wildflowers and soak up the views of Mt. Shasta, Pilot Rock, Mt. Ashland. Carpool from NW Nature Shop at 8:45am or meet at the Grizzly Peak Trailhead at 9am. 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 541-643-0364.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-799-5414,
Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Field Trip: Pamelia Lake Mushroom Hike Join Straub Outdoors educators and members of the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society on an all-day hike to discover the mushrooms along the Pamelia Lake Trail in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area. This 4.5 mile out-and-back trail (with 800 feet of elevation gain) meanders along picturesque Pamelia Creek to Pamelia Lake and features old-growth trees and plentiful woody tree conks (such as white speck, red belt, and quinine conks) and other fungi. Wear appropriate footgear and clothing. Bring sack lunch and water. Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center at 9:00 a.m. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Cost: $10. Space is limited to 10 participants, ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required. Cash or check accepted. For more information and to register, call John Savage at 503-779-5414 or email him at

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 Find us on Instagram at Our website is not currently functional.
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