Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert:
Stretching from the Rio Grande floodplain near Albuquerque, NM and reaching deep into the heart of Mexico at San Luis Potosí, the Chihuahuan Desert is the largest (and most biologically diverse) of the four desert regions found in North America. To the untrained eye this part of the world often appears bleak and lifeless…but upon closer more skillful examination nothing could be further from the truth! The spring bloom period, before the searing heat of summer sets in, happens to be the IDEAL time to explore this majestic landscape of valleys, riparian canyons, grass/shrub dominated mesas, and desert mountains. Join us as we discover together many of the amazing native/naturalized edible & medicinal plants that can be found growing throughout this uniquely diverse bioregion. Topics to be covered during class include: field botany/plant I.D, plant family characteristics, ethical-legal harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, botanical safety issues (plus tips on how to avoid poisonous look-alike species), natural history, sampling of a variety of wild edible & medicinal plant preparations, and more! Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling. This class should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing more about the flora of this often underappreciated part of the American Southwest.
-SPRING SESSION- Rio Grande Bosque (Riparian Zone)
Near Albuquerque, NM.
Saturday, May 4 (2019). 9am-3pm. $50
Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by April 24. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email).
No refunds will be issued after April 5.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies.
Make sure to bring: Water, lunch, notebook, hat/sunscreen, rain gear, and a camera.
Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE! :)
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Interested but don't have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Frequently asked questions:
-How long/demanding will the hike be? Typically no more than 2-4 VERY moderate miles...with LOTS of stops to ID/discuss plants.
-Can I bring my dog? Sorry, no pets (for a litany of reasons).
-Is it OK to bring my child? My 6-hour adult-level field classes are in no way suitable for children. Trust me: they would be bored to tears.
-I noticed you're teaching more than one class in the area, will these classes all be the same? Never. I ALWAYS strategically select contrasting floristic zones for each of my regional field classes and focus on different plants during each session.
-Will there be bathroom accommodations? Some trailheads have bathrooms...others don't...and due to the possibility of unforeseen maintenance/repairs I can't guarantee any will be available. Therefore I recommend taking care of bathroom business en route to class. I'll keep the participants posted with current info in the lead up to the class.
-Will the class be canceled in the event of bad weather? Typically, no. And as is mentioned in the description: «Class will occur RAIN OR SHINE!». Only EXTREME weather with torrential rain, wind, and possible flooding OR severe heat (100F+) will likely lead to a cancelation. I'll keep the participants well informed with current weather conditions in the lead up to the class.
-When should I expect to receive directions, carpool info, and other more specific class details? As is CLEARLY stated in the above class description: «Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by April 24. IMPORTANT NOTE: this message will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal transaction (and for some people this may not be their primary email).»