2020 NPSO Annual Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the best interests for the health and safety of our members, the Cheahmill Chapter has decided to cancel the Annual Meeting this year. While the number of new cases should decline over the next several weeks and months, subsequent waves of COVID-19 are likely to recur once social distancing is relaxed. We are exploring hosting the meeting next year (2021) at Spirit Mountain Lodge and offering much the same program.

If you have already sent in your registration form and payment, your checks will be shredded. Those whose checks were already deposited will receive a refund.

We look forward to seeing all of you in 2021, hopefully at Spirit Mountain. Please stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

NPSO 2020 Annual Meeting

May 29 - 31     Spirit Mountain Lodge, Grand Ronde, Oregon

Field Trips

Friday May 29, 2020    1 - 4 p.m.                    Field Trip # 5

Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center


Museum entrance


Difficulty:     Easy - Indoor walking with no seating

Elevation:     None


Inside the museum.


Trip Description:     The Yamhill Kalapuya people called this place Chachalu, which translates to "place of the burnt timbers," after a massive forest fire burned through the Grand Ronde Valley in 1856. Located on tribal lands, the Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center tells the story of the more than 27 Tribes and Bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community and honors the Elders who kept Tribal traditions and dreams alive during Termination. It is a center where the Tribe's Restoration is celebrated and culture is being revitalized.

The cultural education program is one way that Chachalu rethinks its role as a museum - it is less a monument to history and more of a learning lab. The 4,000-square-foot gallery space features a wall-length picture of the Willamette Valley inundated with water from the Missoula floods that carved out the Columbia River Gorge. Other exhibits discuss the Tribe's traditional foods, housing, rural lifeways, history, and relationship with Willamette Falls. Classrooms are used for hands-on learning experiences and offices for tribal staff. It also houses one of the largest basket collections in the Pacific Northwest.

This trip is a guided tour of the Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center, including native plants and foods, and native lifestyles.


Meeting Place and Time:     Trip # 5 leaves at 1 p.m. from Spirit Mountain Lodge entrance. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before departure time to meet your group and arrange carpools.

Driving Miles and Time from Spirit Mountain Lodge:     1.25 miles, 5 minutes on paved roads

Driving Directions:     Trip leader will provide detailed driving instructions.


Leader:       Rachelle Kellogg

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde



Plant Lists and Other Information:     Clink on the links below for more information about this trip.



Museum's basket exhibit detail



Basket room in the museum