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Wild Cooking, Ethnobotany & Herbal Expedition

July 5-10, 2015 near Seattle WA with trips into North Cascades wilderness forests, alpine meadows, sagebrush canyonlands, super low tide seashores and more…

Discover the secret world of plants and their ability to heal and nourish the body.  Become a wild chef this week as you wander through fields, forests and seashores in search of wild foods. We will dine on edible roots and shoots, drinks and desserts; harvest kelp and other seaweed from the shore; work with our hands to weave place mats, gathering baskets, bowls and spoons from native trees.

Travel to glaciated alpine meadows and experience rare medicinal wildflowers, then continue to the east side of the Cascade Mountains where diverse pine forests and sagebrush canyonlands bring you untold numbers of wild edible and medicinal plants. Make herbal tinctures, oils, salves, glycerites, and infusions, and poultices as part of herbal first aid training. Then, enjoy an herbal spa, complete with clay masks, facial steams, and more.


Enrollment: Open/Available for adults with no prerequisite; a youth camp version also runs simultaneously.

Course Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:

Our goal for those who have studied herbalism in the past is to elevate you to the next level as an herbalist. We will help you to recognize and understand the mental, emotional, physical, social, and potentially the spiritual needs of your patients so they may fully heal.

Scott Fanello during his Herbal Expedition

Scott during the Herbal Expedition

Course Itinerary:

Sunday 5-6 Dinner; 6:00-6:30 Orientation; 6:30-7:00 Introduction & Honorable Harvesting; 7-9 Intensive Course Intro; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Monday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Morning Edible & Medicinal Plant Harvesting Walk; Harvest Nettles for Fiber; Harvest Cattails for Food; 12-1 Lunch, Cooling Pine & Mint Sun Tea; 1-2 Edible Plants Processing, Willow Decoction; 2-3 Nature Journaling Session; 3-4 Cedar Rope Making & Creek Baths; 4-5 Natural Sunscreen; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Herbal Oils; 7-8 Insect Repellent; 8-9 Choice of Lakeside Sunset Plant Walk or In Camp Lunar Infusion; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Tuesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-11 Morning Plant Family Intensive, Purchase Seaweed/Shellfish Licenses & Travel to Deception Pass; 11-4 Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Low Tide; 4-7 Wild Edible Seashore Cooking & Dinner with Wild Chef Charlie Borrowman; 7-9 Plant Family Study on Drive back to Lake Sammamish; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Wednesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Wilderness First Aid Training; 10-11 Herbal Plant Properties; 11-12 Herbal Tincture; 12-1 Lunch; 1-2 Plant Craft Materials Preparations; 2-5 Start Berry Baskets, Cherry Bark Bailers, Flutes & Drums; 5-6 Dinner;  6-7 Peaceful Place Nature Journaling; 7-9 Finish Ethnobotany Projects; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Thursday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Study Alpine Plants on drive to Snoqualmie Pass; 10-11 Alpine Meadow Herbal Plant Hike; 11-12 Backpacker Camp Stove Lunch with Alpine Herbs; 12-2 Pack & Drive to Yakima Canyon Sagebrush Steppe; 2-4 Desert Plants Harvest; 4-5 Southwestern Theme Wild Cooking; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Wildflower Drying & Wild Edible Foods Cooking; 7-9 Return Drive to Lake Sammamish; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Friday 7-8 Camp Pack-Up; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Herbal Health Spa; 12-2 Lunch, Stream Swim & Peaceful Place Journaling; 2:00-3:30 Day Camp Wildlife & Survival Workshops & Dinner Prep; 3:30-4:30 Group Wild Cooking; 4:30-5:30 Wild Edible Meal & Celebration;

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Kim Chisholm will be lead instructor with staff assistants.

Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4450 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the road from the Lake Sammamish State Park BOAT LANDING. Or use our transportation – 3:15 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Final departure 5:30-6:00, or stay later for cleanup and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak Station 7:30 Friday $35, or depart Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!


$600 and space is still available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Registration Options:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
Participant Name(s) & Age(s):
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Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.

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Course Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List