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Field Botany Intensive

    The Field Botany Intensive is designed to provide an introduction to foraging, positive plant identification, basic ecology, and ethical theory and practice. 

     We will meet over the course of two weekends for a total of 22 hours. 

Topics Include:

  • Plant Identification

  • Morphology & Terminology

  • Plant Families & Taxonomy

  • Physiology of Vascular Plants

  • Ecology 

  • Ethics & Regenerative Foraging

  • Safety & Legality

  • Botanical Observation 

  • Organoleptics (Sensory Identification)

  • Kincentrism & Plant Relationships

The place where it all begins...

   In this class you will learn the basic skills needed to identify local plant allies and gain a deeper understanding of the reciprocal ties between those plants, ourselves, and the land.
    There will be a special focus on medicinal plants and herbalism, however this program is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn to connect and observe their natural surrounding and gain the skills needed to identify plants.
   Place-based herbalism starts here.

We will walk you thought a serious of exercises to will hone these skills, such as:

  • Keying with a Field Guide

  • Flower Dissection

  • Sensory Awareness

  • Field Sketching

Learning Outcomes:

  • Positively identify common vascular plants & trees

  • Know how to keep yourself safe while foraging and recognize toxic plants

  • Develop a working knowledge of botanical terminology and taxonomy

  • Recognize basic morphological features of leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, wood/bark, and trichomes/thorns/spines, etc.

  • Know how to forage ethically in a way that creates a positive impact on the ecosystem

  • Understand multiple ways of obtaining information about a plant

  • Build and strengthen relationships with all the community members of your local ecology


Field Botany 2021

Saturdays & Sundays

September 11th, 12th, 25th & 26th


Classes will take place within ~30 mins of Dillsburg

Syllabus available here

     This course is included in the Foundations of Bioregional Herbalism program and is also open to the public. 


Tuition: $450

     $325 for students enrolled in Foundations of Vitalist Herbalism & alumni

     Included in the Foundations of Bioregional Herbalism program

Contact us for information on scholarship opportunities.

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Calyx Liddick

Jonathan Darby

Jaybird Tignor

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