Discover the science of botanical identification and the art of wildcrafting through this captivating voyage into wild edible and herbal botanicals! The Botany & Wildcrafting Course, curated by the Herbal Academy team of educators, starts by exploring plants as living beings, their fascinating ecological relationships, and the ways that our own ecosystem can shape our relationship with plants.
This course delves into characteristics of plant parts and the use of dichotomous keys for plant identification, as well as the identification of botanical families and patterns in nature. Hands-on lessons on drawing plants and creating a pressed plant herbarium encourage one-on-one engagement with the plant kingdom. We’ll get you started wildcrafting with a discussion on wildcrafting ethics and techniques, an understanding of at-risk plant species, and botanical, edible, and herbal characteristics of 25 common wild plants.
Choose to upgrade your enrollment with our Botanical Illustrations Workbook, featuring 25 monograph summaries and botanically accurate plant illustrations also spotlighted throughout this class!
The Botany & Wildcrafting Course explores plants as living beings and their fascinating ecological relationships with other organisms, as well as the ways in which our own ecosystem can shape how we incorporate plants into our lives.
Together we will explore the visual characteristics of plant parts and learn how to use dichotomous keys for plant identification. We’ll learn tips and tools for identifying botanical families and patterns in nature, and how our familiarity with various plant families can help inform our ability to identify plants and in some cases, understand how we can use them. We’ll get hands-on with lessons dedicated to more artistic ways of engaging with the plant kingdom through drawing (everyone can do it!) and creating a personal herbarium of pressed plant specimens.
Together, we’ll dive into the ethics and techniques of wild-harvesting, and introduce many common wild edibles and herbs (and how to identify and use them!) as well as at-risk plant species, all of which require the stewardship of conscientious plant-lovers. With plant monographs as a handy reference for 25 common wild edibles and herbs, you will gain confidence as you endeavor to identify these plants on your own.
Botany is the doorway to understanding plants on a deeper level.
This is a one year access introductory to the intermediate level course for budding herbalists and wildcrafters who wish to identify and become more familiar with common wild edibles, herbs, and at-risk plants, as well as gain an understanding of the big picture of plant ecology and how human practices such as wild-harvesting can impact this ecology. Through the study of botanical features and engagement with plants in new ways, the written lessons and videos in this course provide the tools for a wealth of discoveries about the plant kingdom!