Come learn about plant ID and herbal medicine in Discovery Park. Discovery Park has a variety of ecosystems, so we will get a uniquely wide range of plants during this daylong class. We will focus on plants with medicinal, edible and material uses, and for each plant we'll learn tricks for identification, as well as touching, smelling and comparing leaves and flowers. Students typically leave being able to identify at least 20 plant species by the end of class, with a basic understanding of their uses.
This class is a good opportunity to get more connected with the land, see somewhere new (or old and dear), and learn about our native forest plants.
We'll spend all day walking, and probably a good amount of time stopped and observing. You'll want a notebook to take notes as we go, and/ or a camera to remember plants. Lunch will be eaten socially distanced on the trail. At the end of the day, we'll have a plant ID quiz to reinforce the plants we learned one last time.
The fee is higher than past daylong classes I have offered because the group is very small for the sake of COVID safety (limited to 6 participants). Students will be required to follow some COVID specific requirements below.
DATE and TIME: October 17th 2020, 10am-3pm. We'll do intros and then depart the trailhead at 10:15 sharp, and head into the forest. (in other words, show up later than that and you'll be left behind!)
COST: $100 per person
PARTICIPANTS: 6 people max, no children under 13, no dogs.
LOCATION: Discovery Park South Parking Lot
WHAT TO BRING: PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. It's October in Seattle, and that means the sunshine and daisies are over. If there's chance of rain, I'm wearing rain boots, rain pants and a rain jacket. Dressing for the weather is actually an important foraging skill, so consider that lesson one! Bring a lunch that you can carry with you and eat on the trail, please bring ample water, a notebook, a camera device (for taking pics of plants).
NOTE: We will walk 2-3 miles in this class, and will spend all day in the park. Please only sign up if you are physically able to walk that far.
We will not be harvesting during our walk, and I ask that all students do not harvest during class time. As with most public natural spaces in the Seattle Area, harvesting is illegal and discouraged. We may be plucking a leaf here and there for learning purposes.
COVID safety guidelines:
- Wear a mask while students are in close quarters.
- If you have been sick in the 14 days prior to class, or are feeling sick the day of class please stay home. You will receive a refund.
- Practice social distancing with other students.
- bring hand sanitizer and use it throughout the day
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Carpooling discouraged
- Susceptible populations please avoid this class and join us when things are safer.