Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Bay Area: Herb Walk
Sat Dec 12 2020 at 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
Berkeley, California, United States
Berkeley, California, United States
Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies
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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE BAY AREA: Seasonal Herb Walk (Fall Session)
From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the sun-baked arid expanse of its eastern most regions, the San Francisco Bay Area provides us with a chance to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together a diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing across a number of these contrasting yet closely interconnected ecological zones. Topics to be covered during class include: field botany/plant I.D, plant family characteristics, legal-ethical harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, plant toxicology (plus tips on how to avoid poisonous look-alike species), natural history, plant conservation and at-risk species, sampling of a variety of wild edible & medicinal plant preparations, and more! Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling. This class should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in learning more about the flora of this unique bioregion.
Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by December 2. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email).
No refunds will be issued after November 13.
Refunds subject to PayPal's 2.9% service charge.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies.
Make sure to bring: Water, lunch, notebook, hat/sunscreen, rain gear, and a camera.
Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE! :)
All official Blue Wind business communication is conducted via email. Facebook messages and/or phone calls will not be returned. If you have a question about an upcoming class please send a detailed email to the following address:
Interested but don't have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Frequently asked questions:
-Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic will students be required to wear face masks during class? Yes...and this policy is non-negotiable. Given the situation here in the U.S. this is likely to be the case for quite some time unfortunately.
-So I paid the class fee via PayPal...am I now officially registered and on the roster? Yes, your spot in class is now secure. PayPal will not accept payments when a class is already sold out.
-How long/demanding will the hike be? Typically no more than 2-4 VERY moderate miles...with LOTS of stops to ID/discuss plants.
-Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets (for a litany of reasons).
-Is it OK to bring my child? My 6-hour adult-level field classes are in no way suitable for children. Trust me: they would be bored to tears.
-I see that hundreds/thousands of people have clicked on "interested and/or going" for this event...what are your class size limits? Don't take Facebook numbers too seriously folks...I cap these types of field classes at around 30 students :) That said, it IS true that my classes tend to fill to capacity months ahead of time...so procrastination is not recommended if you are hoping to secure a spot.
-I noticed you're teaching more than one class in the area, will these classes all be the same? Never. I ALWAYS strategically select contrasting floristic zones for each of my regional field classes and focus on different plants during each session.
-Will there be bathroom accommodations? Some trailheads have bathrooms...others don't...and due to the possibility of unforeseen maintenance/repairs I can't guarantee any will be available. Therefore I recommend taking care of bathroom business en route to class. I'll keep the participants posted with current info in the lead up to the class.
-Will the class be canceled in the event of bad weather? Typically, no. And as is mentioned in the description: "Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE!". Only EXTREME weather with torrential rain, wind, and possible flooding OR severe heat (100F+) will likely lead to a cancelation. I'll keep the participants well informed with current weather conditions in the lead up to the class.
-When should I expect to receive directions, carpool info, and other more specific class details? As is CLEARLY stated in the above class description: "Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by December 2. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email)."
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