What is the Columbines School?
The Columbines School of Botanical Studies offers a unique educational program ranging from entry level lectures in community herbalism to a three year program including botany, ecology, wildcrafting, plant pharmacy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical herbalism. Operating for over three decades, we specialize in field programs where the majority of the classes are outside with the plants for a truly ‘hands on’ experience.
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2017 First Year Field Apprenticeship
Taught by Howie Brounstein, Steven Yeager, and Heron Brae
Please Note: The 2016 Field Apprenticeship Program and the waiting list are full.
We are now accepting applications for theProgram. The interview process for 2017 begins in September 2016. This class fills up quickly and spaces are limited, as we accept only 18 apprentices per year. We are experiencing a high demand for this program. The best way to assure an interview for the 2017 Field Program is to fill out an and send it to us as soon as possible.
Theis comprised of a field program and a lecture series. The field trips are the backbone of our educational curriculum in which you will experientially learn field botany, ecology and wildcrafting techniques, as well as defining your relationship with nature. The lecture series provides the inside classroom environment required for note taking and lecture-based learning.
Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, you will be able to identify, locate, harvest, process, and use unfamiliar plants outside of the class setting. This skill will apply throughout the world beyond the Pacific Northwest.
Columbines Online Distance Learning Program
The Columbines School of Botanical Studies will soon be releasing our online distance learning program.to be put on our mailing list and notified when the exciting event occurs.
What is Botany?
Botany is the science of plants: their life, structure, growth, classification, as well as the study of the plant life in a specific area. In this section you will find plant lists of the western United States, original articles and links pertaining to the science of plant identification, as well as other aspects of the scientific study of plant life.
View 2016 Plant Lists as the Season Unfolds!
These plant lists, field trip highlights, and lecture topics are from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies 2016 Apprenticeship Program in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and the surrounding areas. New material will be added regularly. This year introduces Economic Botanical Surveys with abundance and phenology ratings from our new Wild Food Tending Program with Heron Brae. Read and enjoy as the season unfolds. Updated: August 16, 2016
What is Wildcrafting?
Wildcrafting is gathering plant material from its native “wild” environment. Wildcrafting is stewardship. This means we take care of the land and our plant populations or stands. We harvest in a way that insures the health of the stand for our children. We should be able to return to this stand year after year. It will teach us many secrets about ecology and population dynamics. It is not a one-night stand.
What is Herbalism?
The art and science of herbalism is a practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts promoting health, and preventing and modifying illness. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, and herbal medicine.