July 5-10, 2015 Overnight Camp near Seattle WA with field trips into the North Cascades wilderness forests, alpine meadows, sagebrush canyonlands, and the wild seashore at low tide
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more. Camp takes place at the foot of Mt. Rainier National Park. We will spend our days roaming fields, forests, and shores learning the gifts of the plants and honorably harvesting them for food and medicine.
Your lead camp instructors Kim Chisholm and French Culinary School Graduate “Wild Chef” Charlie Borrowman will lead you in collecting some of 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 nice relaxing spa day to finish our busy week. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Ages 8-12: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 & Up: You may participate in the Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray.
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 (decoctions, oils, tinctures, etc.);
- 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;
- River Swimming.
Sunday: Introductions; Ice Breakers; Make Journals; Learn Honorable Harvesting; Mugwort Tea; Learn Infusion vs. Decoction;
Monday: Mint Tea; Intro to Pojar & Elpel; Awareness Skills; Safety in the Woods; Harvest, Name, Journal Three Plants; Harvest Stinging Nettle to Dry for Cordage; Learn Cordage; Knife Safety; Make Insect Repellant; Make Herbal Oil;
Tuesday: Introduction to Pine Family, Collect Needles; Learn Map/Compass; Collect Plants for Vegetable Broth (Nettle. Chickweed, Cleaver, Dandelion, Wild Mustard); Top Wild Edibles; Herbal Sachet; Wilderness First Aid; Medicinal Plants;
Wednesday: History of Mt. Rainier; Head to Mt Rainier; Alpine Meadow Wildflower Hike; Burn Spoons;
Thursday: River Hike; Secret Spot; Stinging Nettle Cordage; Learn How to Pit Cook, Rock Safety; Collect Berries for Pie; Make Catnip/Lemon Balm Syrup; Finish Salve;
Friday: Spa Day: Face Scrub; Steam; Toner; Oil; Finish Salve; Tea & Meditation.
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:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Park Arrival Option: Meet us at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 with entrance ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE BOAT LANDING – click here for map. Arrive on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.
$45 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:15 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$45 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:00-2:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE BOAT LANDING – click here for map) on Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing performances from 4:30-5:30. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$25 Friday Evening Lake Sammammish Departure Option: Participants can stay for dinner and campfire music and stories before departing anytime between 7:00-8:00 from Lake Sammammish.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay later into the evening and depart between 8:00-9:00 from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup.
$95 Saturday Morning Lake Sammammish Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday from Lake Sammammish.
$125 Saturday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the SeaTac Airport on Sunday at 12:00 noon in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option Between Camp Weeks: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for our next camp week!
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!
Summer Overnight Camp weeks are just $575 if you register by December 15th to receive a Holiday Gift Certificate highlighting your enrollment in camp. If you register in the new year, the cost will be $580 for those who register by February 20th, $585 by March 25th, $590 by April 30th, $595 by June 5th, and $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Multiple Weeks: Recommended additions to Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics include the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp for an introduction the week prior, then Survivors Side of the Mountain taking place the following week, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp after that, plus Ancient Archers & Artisans and the Paleo Diet & Lifestyle camp in August.
The cost for attending multiple weeks if you make $175 per week deposits by December 15th are:
$1145 for two weeks if you go home over the weekend, or $1340 including the weekend with us.
$1710 for three weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2095 including two weekends with us.
$2270 for four weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2840 including three weekends with us.
$2825 for five weeks if you go home on weekends, or $3570 including four weekends with us.
$3375 for six weeks if you go home on weekends, or $4290 including five weekends with us.
$3920 for seven weeks if you go home on weekends, or $5000 including six weekends with us.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional camp 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 for specific pieces of gear and health insurance. We have plenty of extra gear in case you cannot acquire something and recommendations for inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.
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.
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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