The Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine

PO Box 15021  Portland, OR  97293

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Medicinal Plants in the Field I: Early Spring in the Willamette Valley

Our first series in early spring brings us to many natural sites within the Williamette Valley, discovering the habitats dominated by conifer forest, oak savanna, grasslands and river valley. These locations are mostly at an easy hiking level, some just being simple walks. All hikes are within an hour drive from Portland.


The series is open for adults to bring children, with the following rules to prevent any disruption of the class: 

  • Children under 12 are free and need not register, and must be accompanied at all times by an enrolled adult. 
  • If a child’s needs must be attended to, their parent or guardian will agree to step away from the group to deal with them, including if they are complaining of cold or other discomfort.
  • Inquisitive older children may not completely dominate class discussions or be disruptive to the class experience in any way, or they and their adult may be asked to leave or step away.


Dates: Friday February 14, Saturday February 15, Saturday February 29, Saturday March 14, Friday March 27, Saturday March 28. All classes meet at 10 am and conclude by 4 pm.


Our first class on February 14 will be at Tryon Life Community Farm in the Yurt on the Village Green, 11640 SW Boones Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97219. We will send an email before the first class with instructions regarding parking at this location. On this orientation day we will discuss how to best respect wild places, focusing on our possible impact on the plants, animals, and other humans who interact with the land. We will also share the directions to all of the hikes in the series and a list of what to bring into the field, including books, tools and gear. 


On hiking days expect to bring a pack with warm clothes, water, lunch, hats and raingear and note-taking tools. You will be expected to arrive on time at each day’s site so we can begin promptly.


Recommended reading: 

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, Michael Moore

Trees to Know in Oregon, Ed Jensen

Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Pojar and MacKinnon


Cost: $400


Refund policy: Full refund for tuition (minus $30 admin fee) up to 1 week before start of class. Less than 1 week before start of class, 50% of tuition can be refunded. Once class begins, no refunds are possible.


When you purchase this class you will receive a link to a pdf which will contain more information and will act as your receipt.