A Summertime Field ExplorationThe Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of Northwestern California is one of the most rugged, sparsely populated, and least visited areas in the state. This forested wilderness complex is largely montane, being composed of 7 different interwoven mountain ranges, and reaches its highest elevation at Mt. Eddy (9025’) in the Trinity Mountains. The region also marks a transition point between the Pacific Northwest Floristic Province to the north and the California Floristic Province to the south. The convergence of these two distinct provinces, along with botanical influence from nearby Sierran, Cascadian, and Great Basin bioregions, makes the area one of the most botanically diverse in the U.S. In fact, of the 7,500 vascular plants found in California, at least 3,500 species can be found within this small geographical area, 280 of which are endemic. Come join us as we explore (and enjoy) this extremely rich botanical landscape while learning about the many useful plants found growing there, including: Arnica, Western Pasque Flower, Aconite, Western Greenbrier, Skullcap, Oshala, Gentian, Huckleberry, Milkweed, Pedicularis, and many others! We’ll spend our days hiking and botanizing while reserving evenings for interactive hands-on workshops and relaxing fireside conversation. Keep in mind that cool & refreshing river floats will be worked into the curriculum as well! This full immersion field outing should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing more about the unique flora of the region.
Topics to be covered/ hands-on activities include:
• field botany/plant ID instruction
• study of plant family characteristics
(appearance and basic chemical traits)
• coverage of edible, medicinal, and utilitarian plant uses
• herbal medicine making activities
(beginning & advanced)
• wild edible plant processing/preparation methods
• clinical herbal indications plus dosage &
• regional ethnobotany
• ethical harvesting guidelines and information about
at-risk medicinal plants
• tips on how to identify and avoid poisonous plants
• botanical safety issues/contraindications
• natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou region
• microscope sessions (for up-close plant observation)
• sampling of a large variety of edible/medicinal plants
• herbal fermentation techniques
Dates: August 9 – August 13. Partial attendance possible
We will meet at a designated camping area between 5pm-8pm on Thur. August 9th. Class ends at 5pm on Mon. August 13th.
Location: Near Mt. Shasta, CA
Instructor:Tellur Fenner (Oakland, CA)
Class will be taught by not one but THREE experienced herbal clinicians who specialize in the identification, preparation, and use of edible & medicinal plants found growing in the Pacific Northwest.
Class Fee: Pre-registration discount- $240/ entire session. $180/ 3 days. $120/ 2 days (expires July 23rd). After July 23rd: $280/ entire session. $210/ 3 days. $140/ 2 days
Registration: Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Since this is a car-camping trip, no serious backpacking gear is necessary. Things that are necessary are: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Rain Gear, Clothes (for hot/cold weather), Hiking Boots, Hat/Sunscreen, Daypack, Food/Snacks (class fee does not include meals), Camp Stove, Camping Chair, Camping Pad, Swimming Suit, Flashlight/Batteries, Water Bottles, Firewood, and most importantly…a sense of adventure!
Optional (yet recommended):
Notebook, Camera, Hand lens, Truck Tube (for river floating!). Although a number of educational handouts will be provided, note taking and photo documentation are recommended in order to enhance your learning experience.
Recommended (but not required) Texts:
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore
Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West by Michael Moore
Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples by Nancy Turner
A Flora of the Trinity Alps by William Ferlatte
The Jepson Manual 2nd Edition by Baldwin
Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel
California Plant Families by Glenn Keator
Poisonous Plants of California by Fuller and McClintock
Northwest California: A Natural History by John Sawyer
Tellur Fenner is a clinical herbalist/educator and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. Tellur attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Prescott College where he majored in Western Herbalism. As an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, he believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, ethnobotany, botanical pharmacy, human physiology, phytochemistry, and other biological sciences. He has taught classes and led trips for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, CA, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Hayes Valley Farm, Merritt College, Regenerative Design Institute, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, San Francisco Green Festival, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Desert Survivors, California School of Herbal Studies, as well as a number of other organizations. Tellur is an avid camper/hiker, a skilled and experienced outdoor trip leader, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center located in Oakland, CA.