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Intro to Local Edible and Medicinal Plants: Pioneer Park

Intro to Local Edible and Medicinal Plants: Pioneer Park



Roslyn Pioneer Park
Roslyn Pioneer Park
Roslyn, WA 98941 United States
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Learn how to ID and use some common local plants. This event is part of Mountain Wellness Adventure based in Cle Elum, WA.

The eastern slope of the Cascades contains a unique blend of dry and moist species, along with some lovely mountain species. If is one of my favorite areas for harvesting wild plants for food and medicine.

For this introductory class, well meet at Pioneer Park in Roslyn, WA and walk down the Coal Mines trail to learn about the wild plants along the trail. We’ll encounter wild rose, black hawthorn, apple, chicory, oregon grape, dandelion, burdock, snowberry (it’s toxic!), aspen, ponderosa pine, grand fir and more. We’ll learn how to identify these plants, what these plants are used for, and how they can be harvested in a good way.

This class is great for anyone who has been wanting to learn more about out local plants, those studyng herbal medicine, and even those who just want to connect more with nature. All are welcome! Questions, tasting and smelling are encouraged! Bring your curiosity and excitement for learning about our local plant medicines.

This walk will be led by Natalie Hammerquist (that’s me!), who is a local herbalist and forager who teaches at the Adiantum School of Plant Medicine. Note that because Natalie is an herbalist, there will be a heavy slant toward talkiing about medicinal herbs in this class.

This class is part of the Mountain Wellness Adventure Weekend, a commiunity wellness even that features classes and edperiences from local wellness experts. Consdier attending other events!

LOGISTICS: We will be meeting next to the play equipment at Roslyn Pioneer Park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/jrw7DLwRrkKDTBM48)

Look for the girl with the basket, braided brown hair and the clipboard. That’s Natalie! FYI: Those who arrive late may miss the walk!

Check the weather report ahead of time. Sun and rain protection may be needed. The terrain of this walk is quite flat, but we may walk up to a mile during the two hour walk.

Please note that dogs and small children are not allowed on foraging walks. Children over 13 who are participating in the walk are quite welcome, and will need their own ticket.

Note that foraging is not allowed in most city parks, so we will not be harvesting any more than samples from the plants we encounter.


– a pocket knife

– a notebook if that is your style

– weather appropriate clothing

– close-toed shoes (protects from brambles, needles and sticks)

– long pants preferred (protects from brambles and ticks)

COVID PROTOCOL: Please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness: sore throat, fever, coughing. You will receive a refund! Masks are not required in class, but please do wear a mask in class if you feel the need.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Natalie Hammerquist has been teaching classes in herbalism and local plants since 2016. She is a long time student of herbal medicine, wellness, weaving, naturalism and foraging. Her book, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest, was just released, and she wil have copies for sale at the walk and during the Mountain Wellness Adventure Fair on May 4th. Her business, The Adiantum School of Plant Medicine, is based in Roslyn and Seattle. She is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher with a love for hands on learning and community.


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How to make the most of a plant walk with Natalie:

dress as warmly as humanly possible. Bring rain gear NO MATTER WHAT.

bring a notebook to take notes in (unless it’s raining). If you are taking lots of plant classes, get a special notebook for your herb/plant education.

take pictures of the things we talk about with your phone camera to help you remember what we talked about later.

act on your knowledge immediately. Plan to go on a walk that day or the next day and identify as many plants as you can, and look for some of the details that we talked about on the walk.

Look up the walk location ahead of time and figure out your timing. Give yourself a little extra time to find us at the location.

Walks with Natalie are very hands on and participatory. Don’t be afraid to look closely, pull things apart, smell, taste and thoroughly take advantage of the opportunity. Questions and comments are welcome during class. That is why I keep class sizes small!