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Wild Weed Class #1: Intro to Botany & Foraging (Wild Weed Identification Series)

  • Wild Willow Farm & Education Center 2550 Sunset Avenue San Diego, CA, 92154 United States (map)

Class Description 
This first of four 3-hour classes introduces students to the basics of botanizing and provides key resources for learning to identify wild plants. In this class, we will begin identifying plants and get to Knowing Wild Willow Weeds. We will construct personalized nature journals and press plants for future reference. This class is a thorough preparation for more hands-on culinary activities with wild plants in following class sessions. 


  • Tour of Wild Willow's weeds and learn foraging ethics
  • Safety & identifying suitable foraging habitats
  • Ecology of native and invasive plants
  • Basic anatomy & physiology
  • Make field notebooks & plant presses
  • How to identify at least 3 different plant families using key features

About the Course
This is a 4-class series introduction to the wild plants that are found in San Diego County. The focus will be centered around ethnobotany of plants, identification, harvesting, consumption of, and learning key characteristics and traits. It is not mandatory to take all 4 classes, but it is highly recommended to take at least the first class.

Class #1 "Intro to Botany and Foraging" 
Saturday June 23rd 1PM-4PM

Class #2 "Plant Taxonomy, Properties, and Cooking" 
Saturday July 14th 1PM-4PM

Class #3 "Wild Herbal Medicines" 
Saturday July 28th 1PM-4PM

Class #4 "Poisonous Plants" 
Sunday August 12th 1PM-4PM


Disclaimer: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. Once we are sold out, we can't guarantee a place in the class. Walk-up purchases the day of class will incur an additional $5 charge, so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space or class materials are not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.

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