Events & Field Trips

The Native Plant Society of Oregon is a non profit organization with 13 chapters throughout Oregon. The Umpqua Chapter is based in Roseburg and hosts presentations, field trips to view wildflowers, classes relating to native plants including recognizing the plants you see on the trail or growing in a urban landscape.
We usually host field trips throughout spring from March through August. We hope to resume our active schedule early spring 2021.

Meetings
Meeting are held by phone conference at this time. Contact us and we will send the instructions for joining the meeting.
Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of most months at 6PM in Roseburg. Meeting sites change so please call if you would like to attend. Join us for interesting native plant conversation, field trip planning, and booth ideas plus programs and presentations. Always free and open to the public and all NPSO members. We encourage you to become a member of NPSO. If we plan a popular field trip with limited participants, reservations are open to members first then non members, but you do not have to be a member to attend field trips, volunteer for ongoing projects or attend most other NPSO events.


Field trip questions call: Rod Trotter 541-672-1907 or Donna Rawson 541-643-0364
For other NPSO questions call M.A. Hansen 541-863-8111 or Donna,541-643-0364,
Donna is e-newsletter,Facebook,website monitor. Call me with errors you see or information we should be posting.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CALL ROD TROTTER 541-672-1907 OR DONNA RAWSON (541)643-0364 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 tripsNEW LOCATION: Roseburg Library overflow parking lot on the east side of Fowler St.at Diamond Lake Blvd. Plan to carpool or travel in caravan mode. Those carpooling should plan to share gasoline expenses. Alternate meet up places 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.

We hope to resume field trips in spring of 2021. If you would like to be on our email list for fieldtrip notifications please email Donna at donnar460@gmail.com.
Field Trips:
Field trips are family oriented and free to all to attend. Please bring family and friends. Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
We are always looking for field trip leaders. If you know an area the displays wildflowers 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. NOTE: Most field trip destinations offer no water or facilities.

You are not expected to know every wildflower you will see on these outings and with the many native plant apps and field guides available including 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. www.facebook.com/UmpquaValleyNPSO
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Please join us on many family friendly field trips and learn more about your local chapter.

Please RSVP (phone or text) Rod Trotter, 541-672-1907 or Donna 541-643-0364 Call with questions and to confirm your participation. We need to know who to contact if the schedule changes.
Call for details or check Facebook for latest information. www.facebook.com/UmpquaValleyNPSO
If you need help with plant ID check NPSO Facebook groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6380707570/

PAST EVENTS
2019
**June 15, Saturday, Field Trip Bilger Ridge
We are heading back to BiIger Ridge 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.

**June 22, Saturday, Community Event Elkton ECEC .
Stay after the race for the Blooms & Butterflies Festival! There, you can enjoy live music, craft vendors, great food, and tours of Fort Umpqua. Visit butterflies in the Pavilion and enjoy the beautiful, blooming gardens, take a walk through the forest. Be sure to visit the NPSO booth.

**June 23, Sunday, Field Trip, King Mountain
This area has never disappointed photographers, hikers or plant enthusiasts due to the variety of plant species. Situated at an elevation of 5,033 feet, roughly 8.5 air-miles east of Wolf Creek, this rocky subalpine mountaintop offers expansive views of the Klamath Mountains in every direction; and is habitat for the rare endemic Siskiyou fritillary (Fritillaria glauca) as well as a multitude of “serpentine” tolerant species. A trail, with a slight uphill climb leads to the botanical garden.

**May 28, Tuesday, Field Trip Lower Twin Lake
The area is one of the jewels of the North Umpqua and it is worth seeing the stunning clear blue lake and giant old growth trees regardless of the bloom. A great diversity of wildflowers to be seen there. About an hour drive from Roseburg.

**June 3, Monday, Field Trip Cougar Bluff
Join us as we explore the area around Cougar Bluffs. Cougar Bluffs tops out at 4700' elevation above the North Umpqua River up Wright Creek Road. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hours drive from Roseburg .

**June 9, Sunday,Field Trip, Valley Floor Trek, Roseburg Area. Explore the Umpqua's lowland valley and oak savannah flora in near-by areas with our local chapter's student of medicinal botanicals. Look for elegant calicoflower (Downingia elegans), tiger lilies (Lilium columbianum), larkspurs (Delphinium species), and rough popcornflower (Plagiobothrys hirtus).

SUNDAY MAY 19 , Field Trip, 9 AM. - 4 PM
Ragged Ridge is located up the North Umpqua River near Steamboat Creek above 3000' elevation.
Participants will be treated to a tour of the Ragged Ridge-Dry Creek area. We will be looking for white iris, buckwheats, sedums and other species blooming at that elevation.

FIELD TRIP Rogue River at Graves Creek:
Monday April 1, 8:30 to 3:30
Rod Trotter, field trip leader is enthusiastic about this field trip. He is reporting glorious wildflowers blooming in a rainbow of colors. It is an all day trip. It's at the Rogue this adventure begins. We will be exploring along the creek where a banquet of wildflowers have been seen in recent years. Species spotted on previous trips: fritillaria recurva, (lily family) popcorn flower, coast delphinium (larkspur), prairie stars, and lomatiums, (desert parsley) We hope our members and friends and their families are able to join us on this field trip. .

April 7, Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate
in the lower Cow Creek watershed. This is one of our favorite spots. Wildflower display is continuously changing all spring. 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. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down Cow Creek Road at 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.

March 24 , Sunday 9 am- 3pm
Field Trip: Early spring wildflowers in
Olalla Creek watershed
Rod Trotter will lead us to Olalla Creek on 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. Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. Easy walking on this trip. Remember to call Donna if you plan to come.

February 14, Thursday 7 pm
Program: The New OregonFlora Website with Stephen Meyers
Please join our chapter to greet Stephen and learn more about this great resource. February 14th at 7 pm. Rm 310, Douglas County Courthouse,1036 NE Douglas Ave, Roseburg. Light refreshments will be served.
Stephen Meyers (Taxonomic Director of OregonFlora) will explain and demonstrate the new OregonFlora website. New features include: mapping and creating inventory lists with user selected area maps, multiple entry identification keys, geographic information system (GIS) capabilities, and gardening with native plant species.
The mission of the Oregon Flora Project is to serve as the primary steward of Oregon's botanical information and to guide its use and application. If you want to look at the current website and learn more about OregonFlora achievements and future goals visit http://www.oregonflora.org

December 13, 6 pm holiday potluck social.
We would like to invite our members and friends to our December holiday potluck. (no business meeting). We will gather in room 310 at the Douglas County Courthouse starting at 6 pm on December 13. Please bring a dish to share. It is a good time to socialize with members and friends and maybe meet someone new. Hope to see you there! We will have dinner before the class discussion . Peggy and Howell Estes will continue our Botany 101 classes. We will be reviewing the 8 families we have been studying from our "Botany in a Day" workbook. Brush up on your knowledge, concentrate on food/edible, natural defenses and family characteristics of the 8 families mentioned below. Bring a flowering specimen from one of these families to examine and discuss.

Business meeting Nov 8 starting at 5:30. Short meeting to accommodate those wanting to attend the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition presentation "Rising Seas and the Oregon Coast" at 6:30 at the Holiday Express in Roseburg. .

We are planning our annual summer picnic, August 25 starting at 12 noon. We hope you can join us. Hosted by Peggy and Howell Estes in Glendale. bring a dish to share and chairs.

Field Trip. August 18, 8:00 departure time
Fish Creek Meadow
Join Rod Trotter and other members on a trip to Fish Creek Meadow, located near Fish Mountain. We will see a wide assortment of flowers, including several mimulus (monkey flower), penstemons, violets, and ribes (currant). Bring lunch, water. RSVP Donna Rawson 541-643-0364. Let us know if you want us to meet you in the Glide area.

JUNE 23, Saturday, departure time 9:30 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: destination changed to Hemlock Lake
Enjoy a scenic short hike around Hemlock Lake We hope to see a great variety of flora such as Eurybia radulina (formerly Aster radulinus, rough-leaved aster), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), and Castilleja pruinosa (frosted Indian paintbrush). Also includes stops of botanical interest on the way along Little River Rd. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg. Moderate hiking. Leader: chapter president Neal Hadley Be sure to bring water and lunch.

Field Trip: Bilger Ridge, Myrtle Creek
JUNE 16, Saturday, 9:30 am - 3 pm
We are heading to BiIger Ridge near Myrtle Creek, Or. 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 members will escort us to an area we can explore and take photos. Lake in the woods is an alternate destination. Please join us. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and water. RSVP Donna 541-643-0364. (Our plans can change depending on bloom time so please call the night before the field trip.)

JUNE 2, Saturday
Field Trip: Cougar Bluffs, cancelled
JUNE 9, Saturday, 9:30am - 4:00 pm
Field Trip: King Mountain
Chapter member Rod Trotter will lead this NPSO field trip to the King Mountain botanical garden, designated by the Bureau of Land Management as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Situated at an elevation of 5,033 feet, roughly 8.5 air-miles east of Wolf Creek, this rocky subalpine mountaintop offers expansive views of the Klamath Mountains in every direction; and is habitat for the rare endemic Siskiyou fritillary (Fritillaria glauca) as well as a multitude of “serpentine” tolerant species. 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. Check our facebook page for photos.
y 19, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
We will be returning to Beatty Rock to see what changes have occurred since our trip there in March. This is one of our favorite spots. Wildflower display is continuously changing all spring. 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. 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. Ride sharing is encouraged, parking is limited.

FIELD TRIP: Ragged Ridge
May 12 , 9 am to 3:30 pm
Steamboat Creek area North Umpqua Hwy
Ragged Ridge is located up the North Umpqua River at the mouth of the Steamboat Creek. Participants will be treated to a tour of the Ragged Ridge-Dry Creek area to see unusual and endemic flora such as Kalmiopsis fragrans (fragrant kalmiopsis), Asplenium septentrionale (grass fern), and Sarcodes sanguinea (snow plant). Moderate. We also hope to see paint brush, spotted orchid. We may be off trail at times so wear appropriate shoes. Bring lunch and water and camera.
The destination area is 1 hour drive from Roseburg, Our Leader: Rod Trotter 541-672-1907

Field Trip: Roseburg Area Habitat
Sunday, May 6, 9 am to 2 pm.
Explore the Umpqua's lowland valley and oak savannah flora in near-by areas with our local chapter's student of medicinal botanicals.
We hope to find tiger lilies (Lilium columbianum), and larkspurs (Delphinium species) to name just a few species blooming now.
The Veteran’s Administration oak savannah will be a major stop. This field trip will include at least 2 local native landscapes that
the chapter is involved with. Leader: Rod Trotter.
Please call Donna Rawson 541-643-0364 to confirm your participation and for meet location and more information.

Presentation: Thursday March 8, 7pm. Larry Broeker will give us a photo journal of his travels in 2017. Larry is a retired geologist and has expanded his interests to include native plants in and around Oregon. Join us for refreshments and a colorful, informative evening.with Larry. Rm 310, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 NE Douglas Ave, Roseburg, Oregon.

March 10 , Saturday, 9 am- 3pm
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. Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. Easy walking on this trip.

March 17, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate
in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
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. 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 . Ride sharing is encouraged. Parking is limited. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions.

Saturday, March 24, 9:30 am !!!!! FIELD TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER !!!!!
Field Trip: North Bank Habitat Management Area (BLM)
North Bank Habitat Trail System is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sutherlin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and 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.