Activities – May 1st – 31st, 2019

**Event descriptions can also be viewed by clicking on the tiles on our home screen. Keep in mind that many require registration and could fill up in advance.**

Guided Nature Walks: Exploring the Plants of Tryon Creek (May 4); Wildflowers of Tryon Creek (May 18)

Date: Multiple (Saturday, May 4; Saturday, May 18)
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland – meet at Nature Center
Leader: Deborah Hill (Tryon Creek State Natural Area)

Venture out with a park guide to explore the native plants of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Walks are geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. No groups please—if you are interested in bringing a group please call the ranger at least three weeks in advance to make arrangements for an alternate time. No registration required. For more information, contact Deb Hill, Park Ranger at (503) 636-9886 ext. 225 or Deborah.hill@oregon.gov.

Stewardship Event: NPSO Great Camas Patch Scotch Broom Pull/Lost Creek Hike*

Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Carson, WA
Leaders: Roger Brewer, Susan Saul, & Jason Clinch (NPSO)

Over the last few years we have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch Broom on this piece of property near Carson, WA that Russ Jolley made famous on the cover of his book Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge. At this work party, we will be looking for and eliminating new scotch broom sprouts and removing older plants we might have missed in the past. We’ll have saws and loppers but it may be helpful, to bring more as well as your gloves and clippers. We will work for about 2 hours, from about 9:30am to 11:30am, followed by a quick lunch. After paying the price of admission at Great Camas Patch, the Giant Trees of Lost Creek will be the reward for your labor. Hike underneath the ancient Douglas-fir and western red-cedar trees of Lost Creek. In the late 1990s, the late Russ Jolley helped save the 170 acres of big, old trees from a timber sale and this place was dear to him. The hike will be on an unofficial path forming a fairly easy 1.5 mile loop. Expect to walk across streams on logs and climb over or around fallen trees. Anyone wanting to participate in the Scotch Broom Pull but not continue to the Lost Creek Trees hike is welcome to return home after the Scotch Broom Pull if you have driven. If you need to carpool, we will do our best to divide people up by car depending on their desire to return to Portland after the Pull or to continue to Lost Creek Trees. Due to the ecological sensitivity of this area, attendance is strictly limited to 15 people. Registration is required; contact Roger at rogerbrewer@comcast.net for more information or to sign-up.*

NPSO After Work Field Trip: Camassia Nature Preserve*

Date: Tuesday, May 7
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Camassia Nature Preserve, 5000 Walnut St, West Linn, OR
Leader: Jason Clinch (NPSO)

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. Registration is required; contact Jason at jason.clinch@gmail.com for more information or to sign-up.*

Stewardship Event: Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Leader: Friends of the Columbia Gorge staff

More information will be posted here when available; please check back for details.

Story and Stroll: Spring Flowers

Date: Multiple (Thursday, May 9; Friday, May 10)
Time: 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Location: Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland
Leader: Deborah Hill (Tryon Creek State Natural Area)

This one-day program (option of May 9 or 10) integrates nature exploration, art, literature, and movement. It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required; register in the Nature Center 30 minutes before the program starts. For more information, contact Deb Hill, Park Ranger at (503) 636-9886 ext. 225 or Deborah.hill@oregon.gov.

Open House at Metro’s Native Plant Center

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 12:00-3:00 pm
Location: Metro Native Plant Center, 2661 SW Borland Rd., Tualatin
Leader: Jennifer Wilson (Metro)

More information will be posted here when available; please check back for details.

In a Wild Setting: Garden Inspiration and Native Plant Learning

Date: Sunday, May 19th
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Camassia Nature Preserve, 5000 Walnut St, West Linn, OR
Leader: Zak Weinstein, Plantzy Gardens and Designs

Come find out what you can learn for your garden while walking through native plant communities. You will be encouraged to take notes on species that are inspiring to you, maybe even make some sketches. Also, if you wish, make lists of species you observe growing together and other characteristics of the landscape where they are found. Are these conditions in your yard, could they be accentuated for the species you encounter, or could they even be created?

This hike will allow time for personal observation and for the leader to individually answer questions as we encounter species along the trail. Zak has worked as a botanist in multiple plant communities in Oregon and studied botany at OSU.

This event is sponsored by Plantzy Gardens and Designs, a business Zak is starting.

Click here to Register.   Bring pencil and paper.

Open House at Rae Selling Berry Rare Seed Bank

Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank, Science Research and Teaching Center, Rm B1-81, 1719 SW 10th Ave., Portland
Leader: Kris Freitag (Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank)

The Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program was established in 1983, and currently holds seed representing over 400 of our region’s rarest and most vulnerable plants. We were the first seed bank in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the conservation of rare native plants. Come see what a seed lab is all about. Take a peek at the seeds of a multitude of Oregon plant species under the stereo microscope. Watch a slideshow of some of our rarest and loveliest plant species. Enjoy some evening nibbles. Find out about our community science program, Citizen’s Rare Plant Watch (CRPW), which was originally founded by NPSO volunteers, and is dependent on dedicated volunteers for its existence. A kind of serious treasure hunt for rare plant populations, CRPW provides crucial support to public agencies across the state that are tasked with preserving our natural riches. We’ll tell you what we’ve done and what we’ve learned so far, and about upcoming opportunities to explore Oregon lands while serving your northwest community. For more information, contact Kris Freitag at (503) 724-2468 or kfreitag@pdx.edu.

Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum – Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany

Date: Sunday, May 26
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland – meet at Visitor Center
Leader: Roland Begin (Hoyt Arboretum)

Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a walk to learn about how a variety of locally native trees and plants have been used for millennia by indigenous peoples as resources for food, medicine, tools, clothing and much more. Event led by Hoyt Arboretum. No registration required. ($3 suggested donation to Hoyt Arboretum; Hoyt Arboretum Friends members free.)

Elk Rock Island Paddle & Plant Walk

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 5:00-8:30 pm
Location: Elk Rock Island, Portland
Leaders: Marci Krass (Willamette Riverkeeper), Tonia Williamson (North Clackamas Parks and Recreation)

Elk Rock Island is located on the Willamette River just offshore from the City of Milwaukie boat ramp just south of Portland (about 20 minutes south of the Hawthorne Bridge). Elk Rock Island is owned by the City of Milwaukie and managed by North Clackamas Parks and Recreation. If you love to explore the flora and fauna of oak and prairie habitats (Saxifraga occidentallis, Lomatium triternatum, Fritillaria affinis, Piperia elegans, Plagiobothrys figuratus, Gratiola ebracteata), Elk Rock Island is a great place for those explorations. Vernal pools on the island are particularly interesting. Staff have been monitoring unique plants, water quality, and critters in the vernal pools. On this boat trip you will experience the 13-acre island from the water and on foot.

Event co-led by Willamette Riverkeeper and North Clackamas Parks and Recreation. Registration is required due to the limited number of canoes. Willamette Riverkeeper will be providing use of canoes, personal flotation devices, and paddles free of charge.  No paddling experience is necessary. If you have your own boat and plan to bring it along, please let us know when you register. Space is limited. ***Link for online registration will be set up and posted here soon; please check back.***

*  NOTE: In addition to the 2 NPSO outings listed on this page, throughout May and beyond, NPSO will lead a number of other field trips that offer native plant enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the beauty of PNW native flora within and outside of Portland. For more information, visit the NPSO Portland chapter’s calendar (http://www.npsoregon.org/chapters/po.html), or Meetup page (https://www.meetup.com/NPSO-Portland/).

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