First Year Lecture Syllabus

This is a sample syllabus from 2009. This year’s class will cover similar topics but the exact details are tailored to each season.

Field Lectures:

#1: April 15, 2009

  • Latin Names
  • Four Whorls of the Flower
  • Leaves and Margins
  • Monocots vs. Dicots
  • Plant List Review
  • Eating Wild Foods
  • Botany Field Reference Sheets
  • Hitchcock Index
  • Hitchcock in Rain
  • Botany Kits

#2: April 22, 2009

  • Plant List Review
  • Wildcrafting Checklist
  • How to Use a Hand Lens

#3: April 29, 2009

  • Oregon Grape Root, Berberis nervosa, Botany and Ecology
  • Plant List Review
  • Berberis in Hitchcock
  • Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, Processing
  • Orchidaceae
  • Calypso Orchid, Calypso bulbosa

#4: May 6, 2009

  • Plant List Review
  • Candyflower, Montia sibirica
  • Fabaceae
  • Scotch Broom, Cytisus scoparius
  • Underground Parts

#5: May 13, 2009

  • Ceanothus, Ceanothus spp., Identification and Ecology
  • Underground Parts (continued)
  • Plant List Review
  • Succession

#6: May 20, 2009

  • Plant List Review
  • Ranunculus
  • Placentation

#7: May 27, 2009

  • Liliaceae
  • Flower Color
  • Plant Pressing
  • Placentation (continued)

#8: June 4, 2009

  • Oregon Old Growth
  • Plant List Review
  • Liliaceae (continued)

#9: June 10, 2009

  • Plant List Review
  • Liliaceae (continued)
  • Saxifragaceae
  • Grossulariaceae

#10: June 17, 2009

  • Ranunculaceae
  • Ericaceae
  • Vaccinium Chart
  • Kinnikkinnik, Arctostaphylos nevadensis, Ecology
  • Pipsissewa, Chimaphila umbellata, Ecology
  • Manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula, Ecology

Academic Calendar

Herbal Concepts:

#1: April 16, 2009

  • Digestive System Overview
  • Bitters

#2: April 23, 2009

  • GI Tract Review
  • Pancreas, Liver, Gallbladder
  • Bitters Review
  • Alteratives
  • Oregon Grape Root, Berberis nervosa, Medicinal Uses

#3: April 30, 2009

  • Bitters and Alterative Review
  • Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, Taxonomy
  • Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, Medicinal Uses (continued)

#4: May 7, 2009

  • Bitters and Alterative Review
  • Oregon Grape Root, Berberis nervosa, Medicinal Uses
  • Made Fresh Oregon Grape Root, Berberis nervosa, Tincture
  • Lymphatic System

#5: May 14, 2009

  • Bitters and Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, Review
  • Lymphatic System
  • Preparing Tinctures

#6: May 21, 2009

  • Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, Review
  • Aromatics
  • Ceanothus, Ceanothus spp., Uses

#7: May 28, 2009

  • Herbal Concepts Review
  • Demulcents
  • Made Oregon Grape, Berberis nervosa, and Calendula Flower, Calendula officinalis, Oils

#8: June 5, 2009

  • Herbal Concepts Review
  • Demulcents (continued)
  • Made Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis Tea
  • Glycosides
  • Squeezing Tinctures
  • Astringents

#9: June 11, 2009

  • Herbal Concepts Review
  • Astringents (continued)
  • Urinary Tract
  • Arbutin-like Glycosides

#10: June 18, 2009

  • Calming Herbs
  • Kinnikkinnik, Arctostaphylos nevadensis, Uses
  • Pipsissewa, Chimaphila umbellata, Uses
  • Manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula, Uses

#11: July 15, 2009

  • Instructed by Shana Lipner
  • Herbal Preparations
  • Teas
  • Syrups
  • Salves

#12: July 29, 2009

  • Misc. Calming Herbs
  • Arnica, Arnica sp.
  • St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, Harvesting, Ecology, Processing, Uses
  • PA’s and Liver Detoxification Enzymes

#13: August 5, 2009

  • St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, Uses
  • Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, Ecology, Processing, Uses
  • Made Dried Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, Oil with Alcohol Intermediate
  • Made Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, Oil

#14: August 19, 2009

  • Salicylates
  • Diaphoretics
  • Elephant’s Head, Pedicularis groenlandica, Ecology
  • Parrot’s Beak, Pedicularis racemosa, Ecology
  • Pedicularis spp, Uses
  • Alcohol Dilution Charts
  • Skullcap, Scutellaria sp, Uses

#15: August 26, 2009

  • Oshala, Ligusticum grayi, Uses and Ecology
  • Valerian, Valeriana sitchensis, V. scouleri, Uses and Ecology
  • Made Arnica, Arnica mollis, oil

#16: September 2, 2009

  • Herbal Preparations
  • Made Oshala, Ligusticum grayi, Lozenges
  • Advertised Upcoming Classes
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