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Wild Cooking & Herbology Day Camp

Camp Description

This theme is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini college course on herbalism (although very hands-on) and therefore not recommended for adhd students.

Wild Cooking & Herbology celebrates its 19th year this summer, including 5 years at the Hans Jensen Group Camp where we can explore endless fields, forests, prairies, streams, ponds, bogs, lakeshores, and backyards of our beautiful region, discovering wild foods and medicines growing everywhere.

Campers will work with more than even the top 10 most important plants of their area, and be able to identify their look-alikes. The kids will also learn to start and use fire safely, cook with ancient and modern methods, spin natural rope, purify drinking water, and come home with oils and creams they blended with herbs to heal common ailments, among other accomplishments.

We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these young chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering wild foods and medicine, to investigating their properties, to fully utilizing their gifts, and finally being able to tell their true stories, campers develop more real skill than you might imagine.

Camp Itinerary

All itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, season, instructor preference, and natural resource availability.

Monday:

Morning Session: Introductions; Plant Walk – ID Nettle, Cedar, Plantain; Awareness Skills
Lunchtime: Bring & Eat Lunch from home, then our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choice of Archery, Chill Time, Sprinkler Games & Swimming (creek wading, or go to lake for swim tests on days lifeguards are available)
Afternoon Session: Ethical Harvest; Harvest Plantain for Salve & Leaf Rubbings; Cedar Leaf Rubbings; Plant Fact Cards; Lightning Safety

Tuesday:

Morning Session: Mint Tea; Observe Fresh Mint Specimens; Mint Bouquets – Lavender, Lemon Balm, Basil, Rosemary; Bath Salts – Lavender & Spearment; Try Mint Sprays
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Plant ID by Smell; Leaf Venations & Arrangements; Scavenger Hunt of Venation & Arrangement; Herbal Tag; Intro to Top 10 Wild Foods

Wednesday:

Morning Session: Observe Fresh Parsley & Sweet Cicely Specimens; Parsley Spice Samples; Make Fennel Candy & Fennel Tea [Decoction]; Learn about Poison Hemlock; Sketch Poison Hemlock, Label its Key Characteristics
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Seaweeds; Nettles; Make Nettle Tea [Infusion]; Nettle Saute; Make Seasoning from Sesame Seeds, Ground Nettle, Ground Bullwhip Kelp; Make Nettle Shampoo; Finish Top 10 Wild Foods

Thursday:

Morning Session: Harvest Stinging Nettle; Top 10 Wild Foods Cook-off with Survivalists; Cattail Discussion & Fried Rhizomes; Finish Herbal Salve
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Introduction to Dandelion; Harvest Dandelion; Make Dandelion “Coffee”; Elderberry Syrup; Week Overflow

Friday:

Morning Session: Pine & Rosehip Tea; Review Top 10 Foods & Medicines; Practice Herbal First Aid Scenario; Gratitude Ceremony
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Parents are invited to attend special end-of-camp workshops from 2:00-3:30.

Locations featuring Wild Cooking & Herbology: Click on the location and dates of your choice below to register and for FAQs

July 16-20, 2018 in Olympia: Choose from Wild Chefs & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft.  Takes place at Millersylvania State Park.

August 6-10, 2018 Lake Sammamish Week 3: Choose from Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft with no prerequisites, or Advanced Animal Tracking for graduates of two prior camps with us, at least one being Wildlife Search & Rescue or the Wilderness Skills Sampler.

August 13-17, 2018 Lake Sammamish Week 4: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft and Wildlife Search & Rescue with no prerequisites, or Advanced Herbal Medicine for graduates of two prior camps with us, at least one being Wild Cooking & Herbology or the Wilderness Skills Sampler.

August 20-24, 2018 Lake Sammamish Week 5: Choose from Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wildlife Search & Rescue with no prerequisites, or Advanced Wilderness Survival for graduates of two previous camps with us, at least one being Wilderness Survival Craft or the American Pioneer.

August 27-31, 2018 Lake Sammamish Week 6: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft and Wild Cooking & Herbology with no prerequisites, or Advanced Ancient Scout for graduates of any two camps with us.

Click any of the dates or locations above for FAQs and to register your child, taking advantage of early registration discounts now.

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