Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies: Seasonal Herb Walk (Summer Session)
Rising dramatically from the expansive shortgrass prairie which dominates much of Eastern Colorado…the Front Range is QUITE the spectacle to behold. And while the Rocky Mountains make their way an astonishing 3000+ miles north all the way into British Columbia, it is in Colorado that they reach their most rugged heights (topping out at 14,440 on Mt. Elbert). But there is much more to the Southern Rockies than just mere topographical relief, as they also happen to harbor a fine selection of useful plants. Join us during the glorious Colorado summer season as we discover together the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within this spectacularly rich bioregion. 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. And given the season, you can bet edible & medicinal berries (and possibly even monsoon season mushrooms) will be an area of special focus.
(Please read the IMPORTANT note below regarding inclement weather/potential class modification)
-SUMMER SESSION- (Subalpine Zone)
Location: Approximately 45 miles west of Denver, CO.
Date/Time: Sunday, August 22 (2021). 9am-3pm.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies.
Make sure to bring: Water, lunch, notebook, hat/sunscreen, rain gear, umbrella, and a camera.
Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE!
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