Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies  Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies
Nettles Hikes & Workshops
Our native plant hikes and edible mushroom forays explore northwest Oregon and beyond. We visit our favorite places at peak times, encountering orchids in bloom and fungi in flush. These trips are educational and experiential.

The herbalism workshops span a broad range of topics. Some provide hands-on experience in gathering and crafting homemade herbal remedies; other classes explore the materia medica of a certain condition or season. Among our offerings for 2015 are:

Poplar Buds and Red Cedar
Saturday, January 31st, 10am-1pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
Often folks think that since it is winter they can't spend time with the plants. On this short hike, we'll dismiss that myth as we learn to identify trees and shrubs by their twigs. We'll discuss botany, medicinal uses, and winter wildcrafting. Come dressed for the weather.
Meet at People’s Food Co-op (3029 SE 21st Ave.) to carpool.
Cost: $25, Registration required. To register, email

Ganoderma Mushroom! Spring Herbal Tonics
Saturday, February 28th, 1pm-2:30pm
  - with Missy Rohs
Early Spring affords a great opportunity to focus on supporting your health through gentle cleanses and healing herbs. What better time, then, to explore seasonal tonic herbs and delicious ways to ingest them. Along the way, we'll talk about proper foraging guidelines and local sources for purchasing the ingredients -- if they're not in your garden already!
Class will be held at Division St. Portland Nursery (9000 SE Division).
This Class is free thanks to Portland Nursery! Register at

Mullen in Bloom Medicinal & Edible Flowers for the Garden
Sunday, March 15th, 1pm-2:30pm
  - with Missy Rohs
As you plan your garden for the year, why not include some gorgeous medicinal plants? In this free presentation, we will discuss the healing properties and edible uses of ten fabulous flowers that thrive in Pacific Northwest yards, including harvest and preparation tips.
Class will be held at Division St. Portland Nursery (9000 SE Division).
This Class is free thanks to Portland Nursery! Register at

Bear Grass Botanizing the Columbia Gorge
Three Thursdays, 9am-6pm: April 9th, 16th, & 23rd.
  - with Gradey Proctor
In this advanced botany series, we will explore the amazing Columbia River Gorge. On each outing, we will spend time meeting the early spring bloomers in three very different ecosystems - one day on the west side, the oak-pine community further east and then a day amongst the sagebrush. This series is for folks with some botanical identification background who want to expand their skills as well as review botany, major plant families, plant associations, as well as the edible and medicinal uses.
Cost: $150. Class size is very limited.
Registration required by April 4th. Email to register.

Mount Hood ~ 2015 Plant Medicine Programs ~
We are thrilled to offer two in-depth programs in 2015 that combine botany and herbalism, wildcrafting and medicine making. Herbalism & Ecosystems is our popular 132-hour introductory course, spanning eleven weekends from March through October. Spreading Our Roots takes our adventures at home and in the field to the next level, and is designed for intermediate students. It meets for 70+ hours, April through November.

To register for workshops or hikes, or to inquire about customized classes,
contact or call 503-234-8996.

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