State & Chapter Events

Updated 6 June 2019
 

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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

State

July 12-14 (Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous)
2019 Annual Meeting in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Website
July 14, 9am - 1pm at Annual Meeting (Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous)
State Board Meeting

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244. To get on our email list, contact flora.id@wtechlink.us.

Cheahmill

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 ch_president@NPSOregon.org. Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/Native Plant Society of Oregon: Cheahmill Chapter.
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 streets. Meetings start at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing.

Corvallis

For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact co_president@NPSOregon.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/CorvallisNPSO.

Emerald

Our chapter meets the 3rd Monday at 7pm through April, at the Amazon Community Center. Visit the Emerald Chapter website at http://emerald.npsoregon.org to learn more about the latest chapter events, plant lists and botanical information about Lane County plants and the people who love them.

We want you! If you have leadership or coordination experience, are looking to build your resume, or enjoy sharing your knowledge of native plants, we want to hear from you! The Emerald Chapter is currently seeking officers to join our active board. Positions include president, vice president, secretary, and publicity and field trip committee chairs. If interested, please send an email to em_president@npsoregon.org.

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."
Saturday, June 22,10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Field Trip: McKenzie River Trust and the Native Plant Society Partner to Lead Tour of Spectacular Finn Rock Reach This recent land acquisition of MRT contains about two miles of river front, numerous side channels, ponds, wetlands, and old floodplain forest in the scenic McKenzie River Corridor. The terrain does include some uneven ground. You will need to bring layers, water, and snacks. If you wish, bring binoculars and a hand lens. All participants need to register online through a link on the McKenzie River Trust Website after May 22. Go to mckenzieriver.org. Meet 10:30 am at the Finn Rock Reach parking area located just past milepost 39, near the bus stop on the right. (Just over a mile past the old Finn Rock Grill.) If you wish to pool rides you can join us at 58th and Main St. behind the McDonald's Restaurant at 9:15 am in Springfield. For more information call Dave at 541- 345-5531 or email dpredeek@msn.com.
Saturday, July 6, 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 abcwoods1@gmail.com.

Filipendula

For more information, visit our Facebook page: NPSO‐Filipendula Chapter, or contact Field Trip Chair Carla Cole, carlajeancole@gmail.com.
All year: North Oregon Restoration Partnership potting days in Tillamook, OR at the nursery, with Maysa Miller
We will share the volunteer activity dates, and encourage everyone to join during the year to help the nursery with potting up native plants. It’s a great way to pick up new skills in potting and handling native plants. Contact Carla Cole to sign up; her email address is carlajeancole@gmail.com.
July 17th, Wednesday, 9:00 am
Streamside walk at Oswald West State Park Most visitors walk west to the ocean’s edge. We will walk upstream along one of several streams, looking for low elevation Filipendula occidentalis plants and other coastal stream species. Meet in the main parking lot (by the restrooms) at 9 am to start. End time is around 1 pm. Wear boots and weather appropriate clothing; bring food and water. Hike organizer is Kathleen Sayce. Contact Carla Cole to sign up; her email address is carlajeancole@gmail.com.

High Desert

For information or to sign up for hikes, visit the High Desert Chapter website www.highdesertnpsoregon.org, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email highdesertnpso@gmail.com.
Friday, June 7th, 8 am – 3 pm
Big Summit Prairie Wildflower Hike, Ochoco National Forest Enjoy one of Central Oregon’s premier wildflower viewing spots with a guided meander lead by Susan Berger and Jennifer Curtis. Balsamroot, Indian paintbrush, and Calochortus lilies will be some of the many floral delights seen. Limited to 12 participants; paid High Desert chapter members will be given priority for sign ups. Participants will need to RSVP via EventBrite on the High Desert website. Meet at 8:00 am at Wilco parking lot, Hwy 20 in Bend to carpool. Easy walking over flat terrain and short distances. Bring water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate gear for a day in the sun.
Saturday, June 29th, 8 am - 3 pm
Metolius River Trail Hike Summer flowers will be in abundance along the lush, riparian community of the Metolius River. A relaxed hike of 1-3 miles will allow participants ample time to view and photograph along the trail. Limited to 12 participants; paid High Desert chapter members will be given priority for sign ups. Participants will need to RSVP via EventBrite on the High Desert website. Meet at 8 am at the Starbucks on N Hwy 97 (Cascades Shopping center) to carpool. Bring water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate gear for a day in the sun.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: http://klamathbasinnps.com.

Mid-Columbia

For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at mc_president@npsoregon.org.

Portland

Take a look at our Facebook page. Native Plant Society of Oregon‐Portland‐Chapter. It will have the most up‐to‐date information on hikes and other events as well as great plant pictures. All hikes and programs are also posted on our Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/NPSO‐Portland/

The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm. MEETING PLACE: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. We will meet in Copeland Commons; 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.
June 8th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Trip/Location: Larch Mountain, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon
Leader: Ron Klump
Description: This is a moderate to strenuous hike that consists of an approximately 7 mile loop with an elevation gain of 1,300’ through mostly forest and some riparian. We will also view wildflowers that have emerged within the last several weeks from the recent snow melt. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Gateway Park & Ride (Portland) at 9:00 am to carpool. Drive is 60 miles round-trip from Gateway Park & Ride area (Portland). Contact Ron at klumpron@gmail.com for more information on meeting place or to sign-up.
June 13th, 7:00 pm
Program: Plants of Isle Royale National Park, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Presenter: Lisa Appel, Conservation Outcomes Specialist, OR Watershed Enhancement Board
How could a rocky island in Lake Superior with harsh winters support over 600 flowering plants, from pond dwelling duckweeds to rare eastern paintbrushes and yellow mountain saxifrages? Learn about the geologic and glacial forces that formed the Great Lakes and this special place so different from the NW by a former member of the Michigan Native Plant Society now transplanted to the Cascadia Region.
June 15th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Trip/Location: Saddle Mountain, Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon
Leader: Rick Shory
Description: This botanic gem in the Oregon Coast Range is chock full of wildflowers including Dodecatheon austro-frigidum, Corydalis scouleri, Allium crenulatum, Lewisia columbiana, Sidalcea hirtipes, Polypodium amorphum, Saxifrage caespitosa, and many others. If we make it to the summit and the weather cooperates, we’ll be treated to a view from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Jefferson. Full day. The hike is 5 miles round trip with 1,600 feet of elevation gain, although we will go at a botany pace (slow). Meet at the Sunset Transit Center Park & Ride. 160 miles round trip from Portland. Contact Rick at rickshory@gmail.com for more information or to sign-up.
July 6th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Trip/Location: Lookout Mountain, Mt. Hood National Forest/Badger Creek Wilderness
Leader: Ron Klump
Description: Only the foundation remains of an old Forest Service fire lookout but the views are astounding! Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters can be seen on a clear day. Many wildflowers, interesting geology and alpine meadows make this a great early summer hike. Distance is an easy 3 mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain of 565 to the lookout at 6,525 feet! Mt. Hood looks like you could touch it! This hike is limited to 12 people due to federal Wilderness Area restrictions. Contact Ron Klump after signing up on “Meetup” or email klumpron@gmail.com to get specific directions to the meeting places in either Portland or Hood River for carpoolers. The trip includes driving on gravel roads for about 5 miles each way on a Forest Service road to and from the parking lot below the trailhead.
August 10th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Trip/Location: Mt. Hood Meadows Chairlift
Leaders: Ron Klump & Nancy Chapman
Description: Easy one-mile hike through a Nature Conservancy preserve named for the common camas (Camassia quamash) which profusely blooms here in April and early May, this preserve hosts more than 300 plant species. The rocky plateau was exposed 12,000- 19,000 years ago when the Bretz Floods or Missoula Floods poured down the present Columbia River Gorge and far into the Willamette Valley. The floods swept soil and vegetation from parts of the valley and deposited granitic boulders (called "glacial erratics") from as far away as Canada. Meet us at the entrance at 5000 Walnut Street, West Linn, OR 97068. This hike is limited to 12 people and parking is very limited so please carpool. The preserve is small so you may be able to still join the group if running late. Contact Jason at jason.clinch@gmail.com for more information or to sign-up.

Siskiyou

To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to announce‐join@siskiyou.npsoregon.org. 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 Katelyn Detweiler, detweiler.katelyn@gmail.com. Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouChapterNativePlantSocietyOfOregon
Tuesday, June 25th, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Botany and Butterfly Community Science Survey at Vesper Meadow Join in the community science monitoring at Vesper Meadow. In its inaugural year, participate in surveys for butterfly diversity, take inventory of blooms, and help establish the baseline information to guide wildlife habitat restoration efforts. This upland wet meadow, providing big sky views of Mt. McLaughlin, will be in prime Camas bloom in May, and Wyethia and Corn Lily bloom in June. Additional community science opportunities may also available, such as: seed collection, invasive weed pulls, and GPS recording. Please be in touch with jeaninemoy@gmail.com for questions or inquiries.
Monday, June 17th, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
5th Annual CSNM Mariposa Preserve Star Thistle Pull Join Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, KS Wild, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and monument staff for an invasive weed pull in the Mariposa Preserve just outside of Ashland. Help clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus greenei) and observe wildflowers blooming along the way. There will be the option to gather for dinner at 7:30 at a restaurant near the carpool location afterwards. To sign up for carpool details, what to bring, and more details, please visit: https://www.kswild.org/upcoming- events/2019/6/17/5th-annual-weed-pull-at-the-mariposa-preserve.

Umpqua Valley

Visit umpquavalleynativeplants.com for more information on chapter activities or to be added to our email list. Check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/UmpquaValleyNPSO. Not online? Call Donna Rawson 541-643-0364.

We are organizing a monthly work party for landscape maintenance of the three native plant gardens we are continuing to enhance. If you like to work with plants and have some flexible time we could use your help. Contact Donna at 541‐643‐0364 (call or text).

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-799-5414, john@straubcenter.org.
June 9, 9:00am-12:30pm
Field Trip: Kingston Prairie John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a morning walk to view the wildflowers at the 152-acre Kingston Prairie Preserve southeast of Stayton. The Kingston Prairie Preserve is the best example of native prairie remaining in the Central Willamette Valley. The wet and dry prairies harbor native grasses and host a wide variety of prairie wildflowers including rare and endemic species such as the Willamette Daisy, the Willamette Larkspur, Field Checkermallow, and the Common and Leichtlin’s Camas. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate foot gear and clothing for the weather conditions. 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: $5 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register and for more information, contact John Savage,John@strauboutdoors.org or 503-779-5414.
Sunday, June 30, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Field Trip: Iron Mountain Enjoy one of the best summer wildflower hikes in Oregon. Iron Mountain has over 300 different species of flowers amid stands of trees and meadows. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead the all-day hike over a six mile loop with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Bring water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate foot gear and clothing for the weather conditions. Location: meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem at 7:30 am. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Cost: $10 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register and for more information, contact John Savage, John@strauboutdoors.org or 503-779-5414.

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 susanmgeer@gmail.com. Find us on Instagram at instagram.com/wm.cusick.chapter. Our website is not currently functional.
 
 
 
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