When we turn on our botanical eyes, we get to see into the hidden world of nature. We will explore our plant friends, communities and the relationships that bind them together. In this class we will spend our time together in the field exploring our native and invasive plant families and the ecosystems they grow in. We will be covering in depth field botany and ecology and including safe and ethical wild food foraging and medicine making. We will get to know plant families like they are old friends, recognizing them by their plant family characteristics like we would recognize a far away cousin or a friend from summer camp. We will eat plants only when it is safe both with non-toxic plants and the environment they grow in. How to identify edible weeds, healthy places to harvest weeds and recipes to make with weeds. We will also learn about the medicinal uses of some of our locally abundant plants and how to use them safely, effectively and ethically.
Being safe in nature
Ethics of taking from nature
Plant family identification
Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 11, 25, Apr. 8
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Final class will be 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Parks in South Orange County
$300 per semester plus a $15 materials fee. Each semester is comprised of six 2 hour classes and one 3 hour class.