The Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine

PO Box 15021  Portland, OR  97293

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Medicinal Plants in the Field II: Late Spring in the Columbia Gorge

Our second series in late spring brings us to the plants on both sides of the amazing Columbia River Gorge, with its incredible diversity and dramatic elevation changes. Waterfalls, mountains, deep forests and steep exposed rocky hillsides are all part of our adventures to visit the plants of these unique habitats and geological histories. We will visit many important medicinal plants as well as some rare and endemic species. All hikes are within an hour and a half drive from Portland.


The excursions in this class are of mild to moderate hiking difficulty level and are not open to children. All participants must be physically able to handle some strenuous hiking activity and elevation gain.


Dates: Friday April 17, Saturday April 18, Saturday May 2, Saturday May 16, Friday May 29, Saturday May 30. 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: $500


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 information about the class and will act as your receipt.