Artisan of Wild Plants
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The Wild Plants course is our course on learning the uses of wild plants. We will teach you the how to harvest plants for edible, medicinal and utilitarian uses and then what you need to do to prepare them for their appropriate use.
The plants learned will be highly variable based on location and time of year.
Wild plants are an extremely important subject because without the availability of modern remedies, a good outdoorsman can substitute these remedies with natures medicine or tools.
Nature provides a plethora of resources, one only has to learn hos to identify said resources and know how to properly process them to maximize their uses.
Being able to identify wild plants and use them for food, medicine and tools can literally save your life.
Increasing your knowledge on plants will only increase your comfort in the wilderness and allow you to succeed in many tasks, where your average outdoor enthusiast would fail.
In this course, we will teach you the basics of plant identification and what resources are best to use in your area to learn what grows around you.
We will then move on into advanced subjects and show you how to actually use the plants that you identify.
Once you learn your plants you will be able to more freely scavenge for food and medicine in your own back yard or anywhere you choose to go in the world.
In the first part of the course we will take you on a wild plant walk and help you learn how to identify plants and then we will harvest these plants to use for either eating, making medicine or tools.
Plants can be categorized as utilitarian, edible, medicinal, poisonous or a combination of all four. Some of the most useful plants to learn are typically the ones that combine all three positive features.
What will you learn?
- Identifying useful plants for tinder, kindling, and sustaining fuel
- Best plant choices for friction fire sets
- Plants that are useful for shelter construction and insulation
- Plants that make strong natural cordage
- How to identify and create improvised containers from plants
- Identifying easily recognizable edible plants
- Medicinal and First Aid uses of plants
- Best plants for personal hygiene
- Poisonous Plant Identification
Once we show you all the skills you need to know to identify plants and process them, then you can take that knowledge home and start using plants from your local area.
Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice.
We recommend quick field expedient meals such as Wise Food, Survival Cave Food or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. You can ship these meals to the course location if you don’t want to carry them. We will store them until you arrive.
Bring your gear with you. We do not provide you with gear unless you purchase it from us ahead of time. You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly! You don’t have to buy our gear to attend the course, but you need survival gear of equivalent quality.
A fixed blade knife, outdoor clothing, boots, overnight camping gear, small backpack are what we recommend.
Check our full recommended items list for more suggested gear options!
Your instructor will be Jason Marsteiner.
Monarch Drive, Cripple Creek, CO