In this special series with Gradey Proctor, we will explore the unique botanical playground that is the Columbia River Gorge. Each outing, we will get to know the early spring bloomers in three very different ecosystems – one day on the west side, another in the oak-pine community further east, and then a transformative day amongst the sagebrush.
This series is for folks looking to gather some botanical basics and a better understanding of the amazing plant communities of the Pacific Northwest. We’ll start out with some botany fundamentals to give you the tools to learn the parts of the plant and to identify plants in the future. The key traits for major plant families of our area will be covered. We'll explore the unique ecology of the Gorge and uncover how to read the landscape via the plants. Edible and medicinal uses of the diverse native flora that calls the Columbia Gorge home will be discussed along our journey.
Classes will be held on three Fridays: April 7, 14, and 21, meeting from 9am-6pm. Carpool will leave from SE Portland. Course cost is $180.