Heads up Colorado locals: I’ll be teaching my annual section of “Survival Plants in Summer” at Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge starting June 29, 2016. The course covers edible, medicinal, and toolcraft uses of wild plants–both native and non-native–found in Colorado’s various elevation zones, with an emphasis on mastering 30 local plants. Sustainable interaction with the environment is stressed. The actual face-time for the class is condensed to the following dates, although we spread them out more this year to give students time to process information and complete course assignments, while allowing us to observe a longer portion of each plant’s life cycle:
- Wednesday, June 29: 4 to 8:50 p.m. – Intro session, course overview, initial plant ID walk along the Blue River
- Saturday & Sunday, July 16-17: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days – Hikes in the field at 2-4 Summit County locations plus classroom time
- Wednesday, July 27: 4- 8:50 p.m. – OPTIONAL project & plant study help session at the college with hike along the Blue River
- Saturday & Sunday, August 6-7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days – Field trip to the foothills Saturday, Summit County on Sunday
This is a 2-credit course in the Outdoor Studies program at Colorado Mountain College, course code OUR-156-BK01, syn 97600. We will be using Linda Kershaw’s Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies as our textbook, supplemented with other recommended readings and my first-hand experience with our local plants. The course can be taken for credit, or it can be audited. If you audit the class, assignments and attendance are optional. If you are not currently enrolled at CMC, submit a college application (it’s not too complicated) before signing up for the class.
Please join us! We have a lot of fun with this every year.
* Survival Plants is offered at CMC because of Cattail Bob Seebeck, who originally came up with the course and has been a mentor of mine. Cattail Bob offers several seasonal sections of Survival Plants at Front Range Community College and other Denver-adjacent community colleges.