Portland is located near several areas with diverse flora: the Columbia Gorge (which contains a quarter of all of Oregon's wildflower species), Mt. Hood, the Coast Range, and Mt. St. Helens. The Portland chapter conducts field trips to all these areas, as well as to parks and Nature Conservancy areas in the Willamette Valley. Because spring begins early in the oak/ponderosa parkland and sagebrush steppe of the East Gorge, and because flowers linger late in the high meadows of the Cascades, field trips can start in March and go through September; sometimes we have later fall/winter trips for mushrooms, lichens, mosses, and winter tree identification. We have also assembled work parties to do plant inventories, removal of invasive plants, and fence construction. STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS.