April 12, Saturday, 1 – 4 pm (Volunteer Opportunity)
Work Party and Wildflower Walk at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, White Oak Pavilion. (Sponsored by MPA & Emerald Chapter NPSO) Join Gail Baker and Jenny Lippert to help with sorting and cleaning vases that will be used for displaying plant collections at the annual Wildflower Festival. We’ll take a break from work and walk along the Arboretum trails to see which wildflowers are in bloom in late April, so it will be educational too! For more information call Gail at 541-344-8377 or Jenny at 541-343-3242.
April 26, Saturday, 1 pm (Walk)
Field Trip: Oregon Country Fair Wildflower Walk. (Sponsored by Emerald Chapter NPSO) Bob Nisbet and Charlene Simpson will lead a wildflower walk at the Oregon Country Fair beginning at 1:00 pm. This is an opportunity to see abundant spring wildflowers in a riparian site. Meet at 12:15 pm under the fir trees at Lowes? parking lot, northeast corner at West 11th Ave. and Bailey Hill and carpool to the site. The walk is flat land, but some areas are wet: Wear appropriate shoes. Call Charlene Simpson, 541-465-1095.
April 27, 10 am – noon (Walk)
Pollination Ecology Walk (sponsored by MPA) led by August Jackson at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Details coming soon!
May 8, Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm (Walk)
Field Trip: Coyote Spencer Wetlands. Emerald Chapter NPSO and Ryan Ruggiero of the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) are giving tours of Coyote Spencer Wetlands, several miles southwest of Eugene. MRT acquired 2 parcels totaling nearly 200 acres to protect rare plants and unique wetland habitat. For more information and to sign-up go to the MRT website at http://mckenzieriver.org/events/ or call 541-345-2799.
May 8, Thursday, 7 – 9 pm (Presentation)
Science Pub at Cosmic Pizza on Pollination Ecology. (Sponsored by MPA) With a focus on well-known local flora, August Jackson, Assistant Site Manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, will discuss one of nature’s most fascinating and intricate mutualisms, and unravel some of the complex interactions that color our world. Learn how flowers choose their pollinators, and how pollinators in turn shape floral evolution. August will also illustrate how a good understanding of local pollination webs can inform better restoration practices. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene. www.omsi.edu/SciencePubEugene
May 13, 10am – noon (Walk)
Weekday Wildflower Walk (Sponsored by MPA) led by Gail Baker. Details coming soon!
May 17, Saturday, 9 am (Volunteer Opportunity)
Set-Up Workparty for the Wildflower and Music Festival: collection and setup. If you’d like to help set up the display or collect flowers for the show please contact David McClurg, email@example.com or 541-746-9478 for special permits. To help set up displays, come to the Arboretum at 9 am on Saturday.
May 18, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (Festival, Walks, Volunteer Opportunity)
Wildflower and Music Festival. Set aside Sunday, May 18th for a day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes! You don’t have to be a plant expert to love our upcoming Wildflower & Music Festival – it’s loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. As many as three to four hundred species of wildflowers will be on display, from Anemones to Vancouveria! Live music all day, exciting kids activities, food, wine and more! More details here!
Bring the entire family (except the dog). Suggested donation $8