Ethnobotany Expedition: Wild Cooking & Herbal Medicine

July 28 – Aug 2, 2019 at Lake Sammamish with field trips to Whidbey Island and the North Cascades

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 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.

Course Availability:

Open for young adults with no prerequisite, although we recommend attending at least one of our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions to ensure acceptance into the course. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics running simultaneously, while ages 6-11 may participate in day camps running simultaneously.

Course Goals & Skills:

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

Sample Course Itinerary: (yearly schedule depends on tide charts)

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; 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; 10-1 Alpine Meadow Herbal Plant Hike; 1-2 Backpacker Camp Stove Lunch with Alpine Herbs; 2-3 Pack & Drive Back to Camp; 4-5 Southwestern Theme Wild Cooking; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Wildflower Drying & Wild Edible Foods Cooking; 7-9 Camper’s Choice; 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 & Chris Chisholm are on hand all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio critical for  high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997.

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

Arrival & Departure Details are the same as for the youth Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics camp running simultaneously.


2019 Training Camps & Expeditions are $775 for alumni registering by December 31st, or $780 for everyone registering by February 10th, $785 by March 20th, $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, or $800 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic.  The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras 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  stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.


Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Course Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

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