August 13-18, 2017 Overnight Camp near Seattle WA with field trips into the North Cascades wilderness forests, alpine meadows, and wild seashores
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more. We reserved the entire Hans Jensen Group Campground at Lake Sammamish for the week, and in addition to spending our days roaming those fields, forests, and shores, we will travel east to wildcraft the alpine meadows and sagebrush canyons of the North Cascades, plus go west to collect seaweeds and shore plants of the Salish Sea.
Your lead camp instructors will include French Culinary School Graduate “Wild Chef” Charlie Borrowman who will help you college the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival. You will have the opportunity to roast fresh cattails over the fire; make tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts; and bake pancakes made from acorn flour. Additionally, we will make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine all of which you will take home when you depart.
We will also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation with a wonderful spa day. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18-26 may participate in the Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray running simultaneously.
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants;
- How to understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.);
- How to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- How to honorably harvest and process plants;
- How to make fire, cook over an open fire, and “rock boil”;
- How to make rope from stinging nettle, cattail; cedar bark, and fire weed;
- How to harvest and cook with cattails, and hazelnuts;
- How to make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates;
- How to purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas;
- How to use a map and compass;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- How to make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction;
- Learn Easy Plant Drawing and complete Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants;
- How to make a medicine pouch, dream catcher, and small collecting basket;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home;
- How to make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home;
- Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
Sunday: Introductions; Ice Breakers; Make Journals; Learn Honorable Harvesting; Pineapple Weed Tea; Learn Infusion vs. Decoction;
Monday: Awareness Skills; Safety in the Woods; Harvest Stinging Nettle to Dry for Cordage; Learn Cordage; Knife Safety; Make Insect Repellent; Start Herbal Oil; Make Pine & Mint Teas;
Tuesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Packing; 9-11 Travel & Seashore Primer; 11-3 Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Low Tide; 3-7 Wild Edible Seashore Cooking & Dinner with Wild Chef Charlie Borrowman; 7-9 Plant Families Intensives;
Wednesday: Learn Map/Compass; Collect Plants for Vegetable Broth (Nettle. Chickweed, Cleaver, Dandelion, Wild Mustard); Berry Collecting & Top Wild Edibles; Pit Cooking; Herbal Sachet; Stinging Nettle Cordage; Make Catnip/Lemon Balm Syrup; Finish Salve; Burn Spoons;
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; 4-5 Southwestern Theme Wild Cooking; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Wildflower Drying & Wild Edible Foods Cooking; 7-9 Campers Choice
Friday: Spa Day: Face Scrub; Steam; Toner; Oil; Finish Salve; Tea & Meditation.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!
Herbiology by camper Ashley Tee –
You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. We’ll have food for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 1:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the Hans Jensen Group Camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure is from 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.
$695 if you register by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks 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.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $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, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!
Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
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