The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

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Field study courses go to pinon juniper country, the ponderosa forest, the montane and alpine zones and the spruce fir aspen zone. We visit riparian habitats, canyons, forests, wetlands, springs, ponds and lakes. We learn botany, wildcrafting; harvesting herbs and wild foods and wild edibles. The course goes to Durango, Coloraod in San Juan County, and Sedona, the Verde Valley, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff, Prescott and Phoenix. Students learn medicine making, Plant identification, western herbalism and community herbalism. Apprentices study tinctures, salves, lotion, tea, infusion, decoction, herbal honey, herbal vinegar and herbal oils. We go hike, hiking, camp, camping, see nature and become a botanist. An herbal intensive on the Colorado Plateau and Mogollon Rim country!The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies is located on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and serves the communities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood and the Verde Valley. The flora-rich landscapes stretch from the Upper Sonoran Desert, along the Verde River, up through the red rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon and into the lusher ponderosa forests of the Mogollon Rim and Flagstaff.

In addition to our central location in northern Arizona, we provide herbal training for the regional communities in Coconino County and Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Winslow, Williams, Prescott and Durango, Colorado.

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Our longer courses provide extensive fieldwork opportunities for students to

Our school of herbal medicine offers herb class, herb classes, plant walks, wild foods, wild edibles, foraging, forage, plant walk, herb workshop, herb workshops, herb course, herb courses in Ayurveda, aromatherapy, essential oils, herbal medicine, Our course location can be in many places in the Southwest such as  New Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Southern California, Los angeles, San Diego, Santa Fe, the Verde Valley and Albuquerque.

learn and meet the plants in their natural habitats and develop a closer connection to nature.

Each life zone shares its own treasures. The Verde Valley contains prickly pear, creosote bush and mesquite trees. The canyons of the Sedona area give us juniper, pinyon pine, yerba santa and Arizona Cypress. Working our way up through the riparian habitats along Oak Creek Canyon, one is almost overwhelmed by the rich bio-diversity that includes watercress, willow, cottonwood, alder, and choke cherry trees. Topping out on the Mogollon Rim near Flagstaff, one encounters yarrow, monarda, mullein, cattails and Gambel oak.


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