2018 Schedule of Events

**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.**

Portland’s Native Plant 2018

Date: Ongoing until May 26
Location: On our website – click here

Show your support for Oregon native plants by nominating one of your favorite species to become Portland’s Native Plant 2018! You can share why you like it, too. This activity is open to all, even if you can’t make it to any of the outings or workshops during Native Plant Month. Click here to fill out the form. At the end of Native Plant Month, NPSO-Portland will announce which of the nominated plants will become Portland’s Native Plant 2018!  (And if you want to see last year’s entries, too, check out Portland’s Native Plant 2017, below the nomination form!)

Guided Local Native Plant Walk: Exploring the Plants of Tryon Creek

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland
Leaders: Deborah Hill and Roland Begin (Tryon Creek State Natural Area), Zak Weinstein (NPSO)

Under a canopy of beautiful Douglas-fir, western hemlock, bigleaf maple, and red alder, explore the native plants of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. While highlighting the important native plants of this park, the walk leaders – Deborah Hill and Roland Begin (Tryon Creek SNA) and Zak Weinstein (NPSO) – will share insights about forest and ecological succession: how some tree species become dominant after shorter-lived ones die. This walk is part of a series of weekly Saturday guided walks organized by the park and geared for ages 5 and above. There will be two walks held simultaneously, one for families and one for adults without children. Meet at the park visitor center. No registration required. For more specific information, call (503) 636-9886 ext. 225.  Event co-sponsored with Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Field Trip: Native Wildflowers in the Charcoal Forest

Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest
Leaders: Rachel Freifelder and Lo Goldberg (Bark), Zak Weinstein (NPSO)

Spend Mother’s Day with native wildflowers in an area of Mt. Hood National Forest recently affected by wildfire.  Experience the burst of green abundance that frequently follows fire. Hike leaders Rachel Freifelder and Lo Goldberg have many years of experience as forest ecologists, and Rachel studied fire ecology as a graduate student at Stanford University.  Zak Weinstein of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will add expertise on the plants we see. Co-sponsored with Bark.

Space is limited. Click here for registration information and more details.

Guided Local Native Plant Walk: Tanner Springs Park

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Tanner Springs Park, Portland
Leader: Rick Shory

In this sunny “restoration ecology” setting in Tanner Springs Park, the parks department has gathered together some delightful native wildflowers you would have to travel far to see in their natural haunts. Water features make a pleasant retreat from the urban bustle. During this urban lunch-hour walk, the walk leader will provide insights on the native plant species, if you want to learn about them — or you can just relax and enjoy this urban oasis of nature. The leader, Rick Shory, has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist.  Registration is required; for more info and to register, click here.

Native Plant Keying Workshop

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with an hour for lunch
Location: Reed College, Biology Building
Leader: Brent Miller

Description: Botanical keys can be very daunting. This one-day class will teach you how to use a key to identify live or pressed plants. The first part of the day will be with plants in a classroom, learning how to read a key and getting familiar with basic technical vocabulary. The class will be highly interactive, to get you the knowledge you need to improve your keying skills. Later, you’ll take your knowledge into the field, bringing your flora with you and keying out plants in their native habitats. Fee of $10 to cover materials. Bring a copy of Hitchcock & Cronquist’s Flora of the Pacific Northwest if you have one. Please register by emailing Alix Danielsen at: alexandra.eastman@gmail.com. You will receive more detailed information about the workshop when your spot is reserved.

Stewardship Event: Invasive Plant Removal at Ainsworth State Park

Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Ainsworth State Park, OR

Help protect native plants and promote a healthy ecosystem by removing and mitigating the spread of invasive plants at Ainsworth State Park, an area affected by the Eagle Creek fire. No experience is necessary, and tools will be provided. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and get ready to have fun!   Event led by Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Please note: Ainsworth State Park is currently closed to the public due to the Eagle Creek fire. As a result, space is limited to advanced registrations and the event cannot accommodate day-of volunteers.  Click here for more details and to register.

Botanical Illustration and Crafting with Stitch & Pitch

Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Location: Bark office
Leader: Stitch & Pitch volunteers

Come explore your crafty side at Stitch & Pitch, a monthly craft night fundraiser! From 6:30-7:30, we have a special guest artist who will be teaching botanical illustration with live cuttings of some of our beloved native plants at each table. After 7:30, you can continue to draw, bring your own project to work on, or be inspired by the arts and craft supplies we provide. Knit, sew, draw, color, bead, collage… or do something else entirely! Expert crafters will be available to teach skills, and there will be a “Hand-Made Market” of goods made by our community members. Snacks will be provided, and you are welcome to bring food or drink to share. All proceeds this month will go to the Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon to support future Native Plant Month education and outreach activities. Event sponsored by Stitch & Pitch.

Space is limited. Click here to register.

****Below – Events that are now full or have been postponed****

Elk Rock Island Paddle and Plant Walk

Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 5:00-8:30pm
Location: Elk Rock Island, Portland
Leaders: Mary Bushman (City of Portland) and Marci Krass (Willamette Riverkeeper)

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 and managed by Portland 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. City staff has 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. Registration is required due to the limited number of canoes. Event led by Willamette Riverkeeper.

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. Click here for more information. *UPDATE: Registration for this outing has been closed as the registration limit has been met.*

Field Trip: Canemah Bluff Natural Area

Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: 815 4th Ave., Oregon City, OR
Leader: Jason Clinch

Join us for an NPSO-led tour of Metro’s Canemah Bluff Natural Area above the historic riverboat community of Canemah, just off of US 99E south of downtown Oregon City.  This natural area features restored meadows full of Camas, Brodiaea, Lilies, Rosy Plectritis, and oak and fir woodlands with many other native plants.  The diversity of habitats include Oregon white oak and Pacific madrone. Metro’s science team has removed invasive plants and strategically thinned trees that compete with oaks to help restore the oak habitat for the plants and animals that depend on it. The 2013 Natural Areas Levy has enabled Metro to improve access for all people by adding ADA access, improving the trails through the prairie, and by adding a nice overlook feature with subtle art installations along the way from local artists.

Space is limited to 12 people. *This outing is currently waitlisted.* To add your name to the waitlist, contact the hike leader (Jason Clinch) at jason.clinch@gmail.com or 503-706-2404. Parking is very limited, so please carpool.

Guided Local Native Plant Walk: Marquam Nature Park

Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Marquam Nature Park, Portland
Leader: Brenda Hamilton

Attune your senses to the beautiful native plants commonly found in the understory of our area’s woodland and forest habitats. Geared for the novice-level native plant enthusiast, this NPSO-led hike will give participants an opportunity to start becoming familiar with the native flora found in Marquam Nature Park. This hike will cover a 1.2 mile loop with approx. 300′ elevation gain, on a trail that may be muddy.

This hike will be held rain or shine. Space is limited; due to the narrow trail width, registration is limited to 6 participants. *UPDATE: Registration for this outing has been closed as the registration limit has been met.*

Field Trip: Fort Cascades National Historic Site

Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Fort Cascades Historic Trail, WA
Leader:  Roland Begin (Friends of the Columbia Gorge)

Join environmental educator Roland Begin for an educational hike to uncover the rich cultural history of this area, beginning with the Chinook-speaking tribes who lived along “Big River” and extending to the days of the EuroAmerican pioneers and the events around Fort Cascades. As we go, we’ll find native plants and learn their ethnobotanical uses. We’ll also spend some time discussing the role of fire in forest ecology as we look to the opposite side of the river to Oregon. Afterwards, for those interested, we can carpool to a nearby pioneer cemetery where famous residents of Fort Cascades and some tribal members from that era are buried. Event led by Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Space is limited. *This outing is currently waitlisted.*  Click here for more info and to add your name to the waitlist.

Guided Local Native Plant Walk: Oaks Bottom

Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland
Leaders: Claire Carder, Brenda Hamilton, Sam Sharka, Zak Weinstein

Join us on an NPSO outing to learn about native plants in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a beautiful slice of nature nestled along the east bank of the Willamette River in Southeast Portland. You will have an opportunity to become familiar with characteristics as well as ecological and ethnobotanical roles of a wide array of species commonly found among the wetlands and bluffs of the Willamette River, and learn about restoration efforts underway at this site. Participants will be split into small groups led by the collaborating hike leaders Claire Carder, Brenda Hamilton, Sam Sharka, and Zak Weinstein. The refuge is easily accessible by bike and public transportation.

Walk will be held rain or shine. Space is limited; registration is required. *This outing is currently waitlisted.* To add your name to the waitlist, click here to visit the event signup page, then select the button under “Join waitlist.”


Wetlands 101

Date: *POSTPONED to October 2018*
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Various locations in N/NE Portland
Leader: Susan Raymond (Columbia Slough Watershed Council)

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and local experts for a hands-on workshop about everyone’s favorite muddy, wet, and wildlife-rich places. Learn about the importance of wetlands in urban communities, how wetland mitigation occurs, and what plants and animals rely on wetlands to survive. Pack your lunch, park your bike or car, and join us in our wetlands mobile for a tour of N and NE Portland’s richest wetland spots! Visit and learn about both mitigated and unmitigated wetlands and how water is treated before entering the Columbia Slough. Check out an amazing wildlife underpass, several green streets initiatives, talk about the Columbia River levee system, and do some wetlands sampling with us!   Tour stops include Vanport Wetlands, Kelly Point Park area wetlands, Port of Portland Wildlife Undercrossing and wetlands, and Smith and Bybee Lake wetlands overlook at St John’s Prairie. Event is co-sponsored by Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Port of  Portland, City of Portland Environmental Services, Friends of Smith & Bybee Lakes.

Suitable for adults and teens 12+; pre-registration required. $5 suggested donation. Click here for more details and registration info.