Events & Field Trips


Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of most months at 6PM, Room 310 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg.
Come join us for interesting native plant conversation, field trip planning, and presentations. Always open to the public and all NPSO members. We encourage you to become a member of NPSO but you do not have to be a member to attend our Chapter field trips and most other events.

Field trip questions call: Neal Hadley 541-679-8889
For other NPSO questions call M.A. Hansen 541-863-8111, Neal Hadley, chapter president, or Donna,541-459-2821 e-newsletter,Facebook,website editor.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CALL M. A. HANSEN 541-863-8111 TO CONFIRM YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND ANY OF UMPQUA CHAPTER'S SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS AND TO BE SURE THE SCHEDULE HAS NOT CHANGED. We often have to change date on short notice due to bloom and weather unpredictability

Meet place for NPSO sponsored field trips is the large parking lot between the Douglas County Library and behind Douglas County Courthouse (west side of Fowler St., near Deer Creek) and plan to carpool or travel in caravan mode. Those carpooling should plan to share gasoline expenses. Alternate meeting places north or south of Roseburg can be arranged. Starting time varies depending on travel time to the destination.

You will be asked to read and sign a NPSO Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement.
Field Trips:

We are looking for field trip leaders. If you know these areas please step up and help out. We can arrange more outings and field trips if we have more people participating at the planning level. Our field trips are mostly easy to moderate walkabouts to see what wildflowers (some endangered) are blooming in spring and summer. There are endless wildflower viewing destination in and around Douglas County and several worthy of repeating.

You are not expected to know every wildflower you will see on these outings and with the many field guides available and the help of NPSO members,
half the fun is looking them up so you know them next time you see them.
As the time approaches for field trips, we will have more details on the website and Facebook.
Please call if you have any questions or you can participate as a leader or just to suggest a trail we might like,
and please be sure to call to verify any changes in the schedule.


Also find up to date information on Facebook at
If you need help with plant ID check NPSO Facebook groups:

We will be planning a fieldtrip in the fall to look for and identify mushrooms.

PRESENTATION: Pollinators and pollinator gardens.
Thursday November 9, 7pm, Douglas County Courthouse room 310, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg, Or.

.....We had to reschedule this presentation for November 9th. Sam Friedman could not make it on the 12th......
Please join us for a evening learning more about pollinator insects and how we can help them.
Chapter member Sam Friedman will talk about his involvement with area schools in developing a pollinator garden to help children learn the importance of these insects. Chapter member Elee Hadley will share her experiences with us while becoming a successful European honeybee beekeeper. Free plants, seeds and pollinator plant lists to those attending.
Questions/RSVP: Text or leave message for Donna Rawson 541-643-0364


Summer Picnic Aug 10 2pm
Hello members and friends of Umpqua Chapter NPSO

We hope you will accept our invitation to our summer picnic hosted by Howell and Peggy Estes in Glendale. The address is 2805 Mount Reuben Rd. The date is Thursday August 10 at 2 pm. (no chapter meeting Thursday night)
Join us for a relaxing afternoon in the shade of the trees in a real country setting. This is a great chance to meet new people and talk about field trips you have enjoyed, other wildflower walks, places you have been and ideas to share with the chapter.
Sincerely, Donna Rawson

Reynold's Ridge

Rod Trotter is taking a group of folks up to Reynolds Ridge, up the North Umpqua Highway 138. The area features high mountain meadows. 15 miles up Steamboat Creek. He will be looking for Monk's hood, Washington lilies, sundews and balsomroot and other wildflowers.
So if you need to get away for the day get outside for some fresh air and exercise and plan to tag along with Rod.
If you have questions, call Rod at 541-672-1907.
Meet 8 am leaving at 8:30 Saturday July 22

The Native Plant Society of Oregon invites you to attend the

The Umpqua Valley and Corvallis Chapters are happy to host the 2017 Annual Meeting in the beautiful “Land of Umpqua” and we hope you can join us in experiencing this wildflower-rich area.

Douglas County is situated at a “botanical crossroads” between the California Floristic Province and the Vancouverian Floristic Province. This, combined with particular geological formations, leads to high plant diversity in the county. Many species are near their northern or southern range limits and several species are endemic to the county.

The “Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" will be our botanical landscape for the 2017 Annual Meeting, June 9-11, 2017. 12 wildflower hikes around Douglas County were attended by over 100 fellow NPSOers

June 3 9:30 am – 4 pm
Cougar Bluffs, North Umpqua River

Chapter members Rod Trotter and Neal Hadley are inviting you to tag along as they explore the area around Cougar Bluffs. Cougar Bluffs tops out at 4700' elevation above the North Umpqua River up Wright Creek Road. There should be good early season upper elevation forest wildflowers such as Phlox adsurgens (woodland phlox) and stunning rock garden species such as Gilia capitata (bluefield gilia), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), Penstemon rupicola (pink rock penstemon), Sedum divergens (spreading stonecrop) and Sedum oregonense (creamy stonecrop) are sure to please. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hours drive from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Leader: Rod Trotter. More info contact Neal Hadley 541-530-3953.

May 13, Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Field Trip: Looking for wildflowers up the North Umpqua Highway
Join us for a wildflower tour including stops at Steamboat Cr. campground, along Ragged Ridge to see Kalmiopsis, and interesting plants along Illahee Rd. Dan Luoma is coming down from Corvallis to lead this trip. Dan grew up in the area and is one of the volunteer botanists that help at the Glide Wildflower Show every year.
(ORIGINAL description was incorrect. We will not be going to see the Dog Creek caves due to a gate closure.) Sorry for any confusion. I think you would agree any trip up the North Umpqua River in spring is a great outing.

April 29 & 30, Saturday and Sunday,
Community Event. Glide Wildflower Show
Be sure to save this date. It is also Native Plant Appreciation week. We think this is the “Pacific Northwest’s Premier Wildflower Show”. Folks come from around the world just for this show. Don’t miss it, you won’t be disappointed. It will give you a better appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our own native flora. Be sure to visit our NPSO booth. The event is at the Glide Community Center. Native plants will be for sale beside the annex provided by ECEC Native Plant Nursery. Information:

May 6, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Community Event. Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo
Douglas County Fair Grounds I-5 exit 123. This has to be the biggest plant sale in town. Vendors fill the building with everything gardening. You are bound to find something you like. Stop by our booth and say hello and pick up a free native plant (supply limited.) Members are available to answer your questions about NPSO, landscaping and restoration. We have a lot of reference material to share. Come see what a leaf and flower look like under the microscope.

Sunday April 9, 9 am - 3 pm THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED we will reschedule when the weather is better.
Field Trip: Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin and other sites between Sutherlin and Roseburg.
The City of Sutherlin partnered with the Friends of the Ford’s Pond on a grant application to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Jim Houseman has been working toward developing a park there for some years now. We can move forward and make Ford's Pond a place to safely recreate, reflect, relax, recharge, create family memories, study nature....Next on the city’s to-do list is finding a landscaping architect through bid proposals. We are planning to continue a native plant survey there and we will also explore other sites close to Roseburg for early April wildflowers. See paragraph above for field trip meeting place.

Saturday, April 1, 9 am - 3 pm
Field Trip: Severt Iverson County Park and Tenmile Creek.
Iverson park has served as a rest stop and a gathering for weddings and anniversaries and peaceful walks for 50 years. In April 2016 we joined up with John Hunter and Friends of Iverson Park to enjoy a stroll in the pristine woods and continue a plant identification survey. In the short time we were there we roughly identified 42 plant species including trillium ovatum, Erythronium oregonum and fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). Join us for a return trip to enjoy this park and explore Tenmile Creek that runs through it. It's just a few miles out Coos Bay Wagon Road from Lookingglass.

Saturday, March 18 9 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: Early spring wildflowers in
Olalla Creek watershed
Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile, Oregon to view the first wildflowers of spring including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila var. atomaria), rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Easy walking on this trip.

Sunday, March 26, 9 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock and Beatty creek
in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
This is one of our favorite spots.
We will explore along lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polysticum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek some 8 miles up paved Cow Creek Road. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock, and afterwards, hike a short ways up a brushy streamside trail crossing a geologic contact to view some serpentine-tolerant plant species. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down the Cow Creek Road at the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns as well as hiking a quarter mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches (moderate strenuous effort). Ride sharing is encouraged.

We have scheduled a landscape work party for Saturday, February 25 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Hickory Street native plant garden and also at Fir Grove Park in Roseburg . We have entered into an agreement with the city of Roseburg Parks to enhance the landscaped area within Fir Grove Park near the Betty Long Unruh Theater with more northwest native plants. Several species will be blooming this spring and summer. We will be planting 70 shrubs, perennials, and ground cover at the two sites. If you are interested in helping, please phone or text Donna Rawson 541-643-0364 or If you don't have time to help, stop buy for more information about the Native Plant Society.

Field Trip: Bland Mountain Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher/California Towhee, Saturday, April 2 2016
The Landscapes: The southwest slope of Bland Mountain, outside of Days Creek, Oregon, is an excellent mid-elevation example of serpentine habitat in Southern Douglas County. A meandering service road leads up the east side of Bland Mountain. After parking, we will have a short hike on a BLM side-road through a shaded and cool mixed conifer and Madrone-Oak woodland to the unique southwest slope of Bland Mountain. This slope is dominated by serpentine plants and a massive patch of ceanothus, mixed in with some oak trees.

Field Trip: Explore “serpentine” fens at Eight Dollar Mountain, Saturday, April 30 2016 8 am – 7pm
Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside in the Illinois Valley, southern Oregon
We will be visiting the Thomas Jefferson Howell fen and Mike’s fen situated on the southwest flank of Eight Dollar Mountain near Selma, Oregon. There, we will investigate the feeding habits of the insectivorous cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) and butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) as well as view other serpentine endemic plant species such as Hall’s violet (Viola hallii) and Howell’s mariposa lily (Calochortus howellii). Our journey continues down the Redwood Highway to the Rough & Ready botanical wayside located just outside of O’Brien in the Illinois Valley.

Field Trip: Dog Creek Indian Cave cancelled
Field Trip: Callahan Meadows/Callahan Ridge Saturday 21 May 2016 8:30 am – 4pm
An expansive meadow hosting a multitude of serpentine endemics Tiller, Oregon. We will be visiting Callahan Meadows again this spring to view a diverse variety of “serpentine” endemic plant and fern species that include the Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis), Hall’s violet (Viola hallii), Waldo rock cress (Arabis aculeolata), serpentine scorpionweed (Phacelia corymbosa), serpentine stonecrop (Sedum radiatum ssp. cilosum), Indian’s Dream pod fern (Aspidotis densa), and serpentine sandwort (Minuartia cismontana). Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus sulphureus ssp. Kincaidii) is also present in a low narrow saddle underlain by “granitic” substrate.

Field Trip Bilger Ridge North Myrtle Creek watershed Cox’s mariposa lily
Join us for our annual field trip to Bilger Ridge for viewing the showy Cox’s mariposa lily (Calochortus coxii) as well as other “serpentine” tolerant plant species. We try to make this special (by permission only) trip each June. This gorgeous lily grows only in a few areas around Myrtle Creek so if you want to see it in person you should come with our group. The Bilger Ridge site is reached from Roseburg by travelling south on I-5 roughly 17 miles to Myrtle Creek Exit 108.

Field Trip Sutherlin Walkabout to look for popcorn flower at the rodeo grounds and around Ford’s Pond . Saturday, June 4, 2016 9 am We are planning to explore Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin and continue the native plant survey started in Dec 2015. With the collaborated help of the City of Sutherlin, Friends of Ford’s Pond and other groups, we want to help in the development of plans for a nice family friendly park everyone in the area will enjoy. We will be looking for the rare rough popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys hirtus) at a location around the rodeo grounds in Sutherlin and keeping a lookout for it at the pond. Come join us for a Sutherlin walkabout.

New field trip Yoncalla Log Pond June 11 2016 Saturday 7:45 am to 12:00 pm
Plant identification at Yoncalla Mill Pond. This event is hosted by North Douglas Betterment. A local group interested in showing residents as well as out of town visitors local attractions. Wendy Stevens, chapter member has conducted a plant inventory around the pond and will be leading this 1.3 mile stroll.

Field Trip ADDED Bilger Ridge North Myrtle Creek watershed Cox’s mariposa lily Sunday June 12 2016 9:30am – 3pm
Our first trip up the mountain was a bit early for this rare lily, so Ted has agreed to go back this Sunday We make this field trip to Bilger Ridge to view the showy Cox’s mariposa lily (Calochortus coxii) as well as other “serpentine” tolerant plant species. This gorgeous lily grows only in a few areas around Myrtle Creek so if you want to see it in person you should come with our group. The Bilger Ridge site is reached from Roseburg by travelling south on I-5 roughly 17 miles to Myrtle Creek Exit 108.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Blooms and Butterflies one day event in Elkton, Oregon
ECEC presents the annual Blooms & Butterflies Celebration, Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10-4. There will be a pulled pork taco lunch on the patio from 11:00 to 2pm and the Outpost Cafe will have (almost) anything else. Live music featuring Eugene band “Steel Wool” and Elkton’s “Décor’mm” will entertain visitors throughout the day. Summer student employees will lead visits through the butterfly flight room and native gardens with information on butterfly and hummingbird attractive plants. Scattered through the ECEC grounds are craft vendors and demonstration booths. The gift shop stocks crafts from local artists and garden- and historically- themed gifts. Plants from the ECEC nursery will be on sale. M.A. Hansen, Donna Rawson and Howell Estes will be at the NPSO booth. Stop by and say hello.15850 State Highway 38, Elkton, OR.. (541) 584-2692 http://www.elktonbutterflies

Field trip: King Mountain SUNDAY, June 19, 2016 8:30 am
Join us on a field trip to King Mountain. This area has never disappointed photographers, hikers or plant enthusiasts due to the variety of plant species. Plants that we expect to see include several species of Eriogonum, Sedum, Penstemon, Fritillaria and some unusual Phacellias and more. This is an easy stroll. Plan to join us. View photos of our prior trips there on our facebook page. We will meet at the Fowler St. parking lot in Roseburg at 8:30 am leaving promptly at .9:00am.