The Undergraduate Botany and Plant Pathology Club is a good way for students to become involved in their major Department early on in their time at OSU when many of their courses are not in Botany. It is also a good way for non-major students to continue and flourish their interests related to Botany and Mycology.

The club celebrates our innate connection with plants and fungi while supporting the continued passion of our members to learn everything they can related to Botany, Plant Pathology, and Mycology. In the past, the club has organized a number of informational events, social events, overnight trips, and fundraising projects. The department provides partial support for many club trips, and we fund the rest through our fundraising efforts.

Please contact the club President, Ryan O’Donnell (, if you are interested in becoming involved.

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The Club sponsor this year is  Dr. Bruce McCune

Officers for 2016/17

Brian CookPresident
Ryan O'Donnell


Ryan O'DonnellVice President
Brian Cook


Megan SeslarSecretary
Megan Seslar


Maelagh BakerTreasurer
Maelagh Baker



Hunter KellerGreenhouse Manager
Hunter Keller


Kelly WakefieldPublic Relations
Kelly Wakefield




New Officers posted




Botany Club Tshirt Contest: Wednesday, Feb 10th

The club is holding a design contest for this year’s club tshirt. Club members will vote on their favorite design, and the winner will receive a free tshirt! Design submissions are due February 10th and are to be sent to Laura( This is your chance to see your design plastered on students throughout the department, so be sure not to miss it! 

Lichen Hike with Dr. Bruce McCune: Saturday, Feb. 13th

With mushrooms gone and flowers yet to come, now is the best time of the year for viewing lichens!  Join Dr. Bruce McCune, lichen expert, for a hike as we point out and identify the awesome local species. We’ll be hiking along Cardwell Hill Dr. (just west of Corvallis) towards Fitton Green Park. The hike will be on Saturday, Feb. 13th from 11am til 3pm at the latest. This is a carpooling event, no fees, and anyone is allowed to attend! Please contact Shelby for sign up or with questions at (

Periwinkle Elementary Science Night: Thursday, Feb. 25th

Every year we attend the Periwinkle Elementary Science night as our winter outreach event. Volunteers get to interact with children and teach them a little about botany. Last year it was leaves and tree rings, and we always love to try new things! If anyone would like to volunteer to either help at the booth or help provide ideas and materials, we’d be more than happy to have you. The Science Night is Thursday, Feb. 25th from 6pm-8pm, though there will likely be a meeting beforehand to organize the event. Contact Emily with sign-up and any questions you might have at ( 

Greenhouse Work Party: TBA

Sometime this term, Miranda will be hosting another greenhouse work party to help us get ready for the spring plant sale that is rapidly approaching. We’re also still accepting cuttings and other plant donations! Any questions or for sign-up, you can contact Miranda at ( 

End of Term Party: Wednesday, March 9th 

The end of term party for winter term will be a tea tasting one! Featuring guest speaker Dabao Lu, we will sample and learn about various teas, with a focus on cultural history. It will be hosted on Wednesday, March 9th at 5pm in Cordley 2087. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kelly at ( 

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center Overnight Trip: Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15th

Spend a night with us at Opal Creek! With plenty of trails, lead hikes, a warm lodge to sleep in, food, and a microscope room for you to utilize, it’s a botanical extravaganza! This trip will be held Saturday and Sun May 14-15th, but an RSVP is needed before the end of winter term. We have 18 available slots, so take one while you can! The club is covering most of the cost, but there is an $40 fee per member, $50 per non-member. Club members get priority on open slots, but non-members may also sign-up (A "member" is defined as someone who attends meetings, events, and is on our email list-serve). Please contact Jeannie for sign-up and any questions at (




Tree walk with Dr. Aaron Liston: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Dr. Liston will be leading an educational tree walk around campus, so if you’re interested in tree identification (and autumn leaf pressing), feel free to join us! We’ll be meeting in the Cordley atrium at 5pm where we’ll be for about 10 minutes or so, so we should be easy to find if you’re a little late coming. Contact Shelby with any questions or for sign up. ( This event is free! 

Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival: Sunday, Oct. 25

If you’re interested in mushrooms, this is the event for you! There will be mushroom food, growing kits, and other products, not to mention great food and live music! And even if mushrooms aren’t your thing, there are plant sales, cider, and plenty of crafts! Contact Laura with any questions or for sign up. (     The fee for attending is $5 for club members.

Propagation for Plant Sale: Saturday, Nov. 7

Starting at 10am, we’ll be working for about 4 hours transplanting and propagating plants for our annual plant sale in the spring. The more people who come, the faster we’ll get it done! And if you have any plants of your own that you’d like to divide and let us use for the sale, let us know! Contact Miranda with any questions or for sign up. (

Mushroom Hike: November 14

A mushroom walk/hike with local mushroom aficionados who would be interested in helping with mushroom ID. The walk will probably be in the McDonald-Dunn Forest or other location nearby, and will probably take place midday. More information and sign-up will be available soon, so keep an eye open! Contact Shelby with any questions. ( 

Jefferson Elementary Outreach Event, November 17

As we discussed at Thursday's meeting, we have two possible outreach events at Jefferson Elementary. We will be planting radishes with two classrooms of 3rd graders. This will go for about 2 hours (approx 2:30).

Contact Emily with any questions or for sign up. (

End of Term party: Thursday, Dec. 3

Take a break from studying for finals with us at our end of term party! This year we’ll be dyeing cloth using lichens, mushrooms, and plant material. Even if you’re not interested in dyeing, we’ll have a glow-in-the-dark mushroom movie called Spirits of the Forest by Taylor Lockwood playing as well so feel free to stop by! If you have any ideas as to what we should be dyeing (think small), feel free to share! Contact Cierra with any questions. (



New Officers posted



April 12th: Nursery tour of Pierce Street Gardens, Eugene OR. They have a ton of cool plants and we we have a tour by the owner herself! We've even been promised discounts on plants if you'd like to take something with you. To go, you have to sign up by April 10th at noon (either on facebook or e-mail Laura at 

April 25-26: The Glide Wildflower Show. We will be taking members down with us to the event. We will decide at our 1st meeting if people would like to do a day trip, and overnight trip, or do both and have two groups of people. 

April 29th at the MU and April 30th under the ALS bridge: Our annual Plant Sale! Lip-balm too! We will be needing your help in running this event! We will send out a sign-up in the coming weeks. This activity helps fund some of our fun club activities! 

May 5th: Ag. Day. Botany Club will have a booth, along with many other clubs, at the MU quad, playing Jeopardy and planting egg carton gardens with passer-bys. If you'd like to volunteer, even for just an hour, please contact Emma at

May 13th: meeting when we will be holding officer elections for the 2015-16 school year! This is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the club! We will talk more about this at our meeting this week and send out more information as the day approaches. 

May 16-17: OPAL CREEK!!! Our most exciting event of the term! It will be an overnight trip from at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. We will be exploring the area with a guide at the center, learning about the history of the area and botanical tidbits, and staying overnight at their lodge while eating their wonderful vegan (yes, it actually is very good!) food! We can have 10-18 people sign up to go. The cut-off deadline for signing up is 5 pm on April 13th. Please contact me, Jeannie, at for more information or if you'd like to sign up. You do not have to pay right when you sign up, but by signing up we need your firm commitment that you will be going because we have to RSVP for the number attending, one month in advance. We will talk about it more at the meeting this week and present the costs. The cost to the club per person is over $70, but the club plans to subsidize a a lot of this so it's a great deal and a great opportunity to take a break after midterms and enjoy the great outdoors with fellow members! 

May 27th: End of term party, so mark your calendars!



21st- Agricultural executive council ethics panel at 7pm
22nd- Club meeting at 5:30pm in Cord 2087 and the Herbarium at 6pm
29th- Periwinkle science night prep party at 5:30 Cordley 2087



Feb. 5 at 5:30, Cord 2087: Spring Break informational meeting. Vote on trip for Spring Break (between Bend, Southern Oregon Coast, or Victoria, BC) and sign up.

Feb. 9 at 4:20, in LPSC by the cafe: Greenhouse tour of tropical greenhouse and propagation event afterwards at 5 pm to begin plantings for Plant Sale in May

Feb. 12: Periwinkle Science Night

Feb. 19 at 5:30 pm, Cord. 2087: host graduate students Kevin Weitemier and Jade Florence and they will tell us about what their research is about. Snacks will be provided!

March 5 at 5:30 pm, Cord. 2087: end of term party. Terrarium making! Free for all who attend.


May: Plant Sale

May 16-17: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center trip. More info to come


BPP CLUB NEWS (update 4/14/2014)

April 12th Lip Balm making

April 26th and 27th Glide Wildflower show trip

May 1st and 2nd Mom's weekend plant sale

May 6th Ag Day

May 13th officer elections

Opal Creek trip sometime in late May

BPP CLUB NEWS (update 2/17/2014)

Feb 20th Periwinkle Elementary Science Night

Feb 25th Grad student research presentations 

Feb 28th Fry Rd. Nursery Tour and Propagation party in the East Greenhouses

March 24th -27th Spring Break Trip to Redding California 

BPP CLUB NEWS (update 10/8/2013)

First Meeting:

Thursday Oct 10th, 6:15 p.m., Cordley 2087

Learn about our trips, meet some cool people, and talk about the amazihg world of plants!

Saturday Oct. 18th meet in Cordley parking lot to go to the Yachats Mushroom Festival. The club will be carpooling, bring money for gas as well as a sack lunch.

Sunday Oct. 27th meet in Cordley parking lot to go to the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival. The club will be carpooling, bring money for gas as well as a sack lunch.

Thursday, Oct. 24th at 5pm meet in Cordley courtyard to go on a fun tree walk with Dr. Aaron Liston and the BPP Club. Learn about the amazing trees around the OSU campus as well as collect their beautiful leaves. The club will press them directly after the walk and we will later use them to make greeting cards.

Thursday, Nov. 21st at 5pm meet at Cordley 2087 to make cards and other fun crafts with fall leaves!

Also of interest:Integrative Biology Club, Ecology Club

Opal Creek Spring 2015

opal creek 2015

Fall 2014 Apple Cider Pressing

Potting on plants for Mom's Weekend, March 2014

BPP Club

Sanding 'cookies' in prep for an elementary school Science Night, Winter 2014

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Spring break 2013 at the Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, OR

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Apple Cider Pressing Party last Fall term

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Death Valley, CA trip

Death Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA


Getting ready for a plant fundraiser

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