This course will provide students with an introduction to ethnobotany, which is the study of the relationship between humans and plants. Using examples from First Nations, European and other cultures, students will learn about key traditional plant management practices as well as the philosophical foundations such as reciprocity and stewardship. The field portion of this course will identify key native species and show students first-hand how culturally important plants such as cattail, willow, nettle, camas and others were traditionally cultivated to enhance production and health. Learning in both sections of this course will be hands-on and experiential. This course, while standing on its own, is designed to be the first in a series of 4 hands-on courses that will introduce students to the related subjects of ethnobotany, native food plant cultivation, the ethical forager and basic seed saving.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.