This is the itinerary for the optional field study trip offered to students enrolled in the Foundations of Herbal Medicine program for 2020.
Photos from previous trips can be seen on Facebook here.
More details will be shared at the first class meeting in February.
Students are responsible for food, lodging (camping or hotel) and transportation.
The dates for the 2020 program are July 20-23.
Day 1 – July 20
Introductions and Orientation meeting at the campground at 6 pm. A short plant walk follows, where we meet hawthorn trees, wild licorice and burdock.
Day 2 – July 21
AM: Botany and field study along a creek in a moist, shady forest. Lunch on the trail. Elevation is 9,000′.
PM: We meet with a local herbalist for a workshop on ethical wild crafting and which local plants are at risk for over-harvesting. Most importantly, alternative herbs and their uses are given for these at risk plants.
Day 3 – July 22
AM: Botany and field study around beaver ponds and a high elevation lake near treeline. Lunch on the trail. Elevation is 10,000′.
PM: A visit to a small scale local herb farm to learn the secrets, joys and challenges of growing medicinal plants. Some harvesting of herbs is possible, herb availability varies by the year and season.
Day 4 – July 23
AM & PM: Botany and field study in a spruce-fir forest with ponds and wildflower-filled meadows at 11,000’+, eventually arriving above treeline. Lunch on the trail. This is a full day in the outdoors. On this final evening we share a group dinner and farewells.
Check out of the campground and head for home.
The course is based out of a modern campground with electricity and hot showers. Rustic camping cabins are available on site and modern hotels are available for non-campers a short drive away. Dinner and evenings are time for relaxing around camp or taking the short drive into the nearest town.