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Heron Brae


Heron Brae

Heron Brae is a northwest-born botanist, herbalist, and wildcrafter, fervently loyal to her bioregion and passionate about teaching and learning. She sees it as her mission to teach people skills to change our worldviews from one of alienation to one of connection with nature, acquiring a deep knowledge of place. Her formal botanical education started in 1997 (though it started much earlier with a mother who taught her early on how to chew weeds into disgusting gobs of green goo for her childhood splinters and scrapes).

Institutions deserving of credit for her education include diverse venues such as the Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Blue Iris Herbal Apprenticeship, Wilderness Awareness Community School, Lane Community College...

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Rootstalk Classes

Wild Edible Weed Wander
Rewild Your Mind

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Heron Brae is a northwest-born botanist, herbalist, and wildcrafter, fervently loyal to her bioregion and passionate about teaching and learning. She sees it as her mission to teach people skills to change our worldviews from one of alienation to one of connection with nature, acquiring a deep knowledge of place. Her formal botanical education started in 1997 (though it started much earlier with a mother who taught her early on how to chew weeds into disgusting gobs of green goo for her childhood splinters and scrapes). Institutions deserving of credit for her education include diverse venues such as the Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Blue Iris Herbal Apprenticeship, Wilderness Awareness Community School, Lane Community College, The Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, and most recently, The Evergreen State College, where she was awarded a BS in botany and ecology. She has enjoyed collecting plants for floristic research in the Puget prairies and the sagebrush steppe of eastern Washington. Currently she teaches at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, OR; she also teaches workshops at The Evergreen State College and numerous community skillshares and freeschools around the Pacific Northwest. She leads public plant walks, workshops, and consultations through her business Wild Rose Botanical Studies in Olympia, WA. For fun, Heron loves to geek out on Latin binomials, wander aimlessly in the mountains hoping birds will land on her, wildcraft savory greens for dinner, and do inner battle against the dominator-culture voices in her head. She has a long-standing passion for non-traditional community education (having risen out of high school), and is excited to participate with her joy and humor in the community of Rootstalk.

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Rootstalk Classes

Wild Edible Weed Wander
Walk into the wild green world, without a lunch—what can you eat? What will kill you? What won’t kill you but may keep you holed up in your tent for the next three days grasping at your gut? This experiential walk will lead us through the lowland valley ecosystem and investigate what are some good eats and dangerous plants to avoid when gathering your next wild meal. We will also discuss identification, ecology, and nutrition. The focus is on common weeds, though plentiful natives will be discussed as well.

Rewild Your Mind
Nature awareness games for all ages. This class will be fun, dirty, and mystical all at once. Come ready to open all your senses and then leap into action as an eagle hunting prey or a fern frond unfolding in the mist. Games are designed to teach about nature and connect with plants through direct sensory experiences rather than our analytical minds. Open to a new way of seeing the world! Adults and kids welcome!

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