Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics

July 5-10, 2015 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA with field trips to glaciated alpine meadows, sagebrush canyonlands, the seashore at super low tide, and more …

Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics group gathers seaweed for food and medicine.

Ages 9-13: 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 also running simultaneously.

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 Nat’l park with additional pickup/dropoff options in Seattle & Tacoma. We’ll 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 also lead us in collecting some of the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival, including roasting fresh cattails over the fire, making a tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts, baking pancakes made from acorn flour, and more. We will make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine and have plenty of samples to take home.  We’ll also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation.  By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!

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:

Campers preparing herbal blends for facial cleansing and relaxation.

Lead Instructor & Wilderness Chef Charlie Borrowman help campers prepare herbal blends for facial cleansing.

• Harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants.
• Understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
• Ability to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest.
• Ability to honorably harvest and process plants (decoctions, oils, tinctures, etc.)
• Ability to make fire, cook over an open fire, and to “rock boil.”
• Make rope from stinging nettle, cedar bark, roots and branches.
• Harvest and cook with cattails, hazelnuts, and more.
• Make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs.
• Dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates, and more.
• Purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas.
• Using a map and compass so as not to get lost when wildcrafting.
• Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
• 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.
• Make a medicine pouch, dreamcatcher, and small collecting basket.
• Dry and store herbs to take home.
• Make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home.
• Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
• Sing Songs & Tell Stories.
• River Swimming.

Camp Schedule:

Wolf Camp and the Wolf College co-owner and lead instructor, Kim Chisholm, demonstrates how to safely harvest stinging nettle leaves without gloves.

Wolf Camp and the Wolf College co-owner and lead instructor, Kim Chisholm, demonstrates how to safely harvest stinging nettle leaves without gloves.

Our schedule during the week includes morning wake-up, stretches, washing, and breakfast vary slightly depending on previous evening activities, but if all was quiet by 10:00 p.m. we would awaken at 7:00, do warm-ups from 7:30-8:00, and have breakfast from 8:00-9:00 … 9:00-12:00 is the morning session. 12:00-1:00 is lunch, and 1:00-2:00 is usually swimming or other recreational time. 2:00-5:00 is the afternoon session. 5:00-6:00 is dinner, and 6:00-7:00 is usually personal time. Evening sessions begin at 7:00, and bedtime varies according to the activity and the time of sunset.

We’ll also be doing a couple field trips, including our Wednesday trip to Paradise on Mt. Rainier for an Alpine Meadow Wildflower Hike, then onward to Eastside Pineforests & Sagebrush Canyonlands where we will do a Sagebrush Steppe & Pine Forest Plant Hike before driving back over the mountain with a nighttime Star Gazing stop.

On Friday we’ll pack up camp and after breakfast, drive to our favorite Herb Store before continuing onward to a favorite beach for a Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Super Low Tide and Seaweeds & Clam Chowder Beach Cooking Extravaganza where parents will meet us for pick-up.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm Kim Chisholm is lead instructor for this camp, with staff assistants. Chris will be leading the adult expedition running simultaneously on site.

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 Arrival Option: Meet us at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 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.
$60 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 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 unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$35 Tacoma Bus/Trail Arrival Option:
Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m.
$35 Puyallup Arrival Option:
Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:30-3:00 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 meet us at Burfoot County Park, 6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia WA 98506 on Friday between 3-4 p.m. for our closing ceremonies which really helps participants integrate this unique experience back into their home lives. Final departure will be from 4-5 p.m.
$20 Friday Olympia/Lacey Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Olympia Bus Station or Lacey Amtrak Station by 6:00 p.m.
$35 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:30 p.m.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 7:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter 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 Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option:
Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next 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 $595 if you complete registration at least one week prior to the start date, or $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.

You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff 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.

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