About Us & How To Join
Founded in 1979, the Emerald Chapter of NPSO has a long history of active involvement in the study, education and conservation of our region's native flora. We hold monthly programs with speakers from September through May, and lead field trips all year long (see calendar on state NPSO webpage). Our chapter area includes all of Lane County, which ranges from the Pacific Ocean on the west to the crest of the Cascade Mountains on the east. Programs and field trips are free and open to the public.

  • Monthly programs September to May with slide shows and exciting speakers. Meeting place: Lane County Mental Health Conference Room, 2411 Martin Luther King Blvd., usually the 3rd Thursday of the month.

  • Field trips to inspiring locations with expert leaders. For up to date meeting and field trip schedules, see the Emerald Section of the Calendar webpage.

  • Our Rare and Endangered (R & E) Plant group keeps watch over our County's rare and endangered flora.

  • Our proactive Conservation Committee members maintain oversight of projects that may threaten local plant communities.

  • Emerald Chapter's Native Gardening Awareness Program (NGAP) seeks to promote native gardening and backyard habitat creation through education, outreach, and demonstration.

  • We are responsible for collection and display of flowers for the annual Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Festival in May.

    We welcome new members and joining the society is easy. Just go to the Join Us page on the State web site and follow the directions. Once you are a member, there are many great ways to get involved in Society activities. Here are just a few:

    - Help mail the monthly Bulletin
    - Set up the Wildflower Show
    - Organize botanical activities
    - Lead field trips
    - Staff the chapter booth at an event
    - Join a committee
    - Become a chapter officer