Columbines School

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Our Instructors and Staff:

Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.

Leah Kays Leah is a 2006 graduate of Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has been involved with the school since. She is an herbalist, botanist, and bartender from Portland, Oregon who has moved from a substitute teacher to a full time Columbines instructor.

Alumni Field Trips

Available after Completing 1st Year Apprenticeship

Central Oregon Alumni Overnight Field Trip (May)

We will tailor the curriculum according to class interest and alumni experience to include different plants and focus. Botany review, edible and medicinal plants, and wildcrafting are all possibilities.

Time and Dates: TBA.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Kays.
$300 includes a $100 non-refundable deposit.

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Alumni Botany Review Field Trip (June)

Re-take the first year spring overnight for a botany review of early spring to early summer plants and families.

Time and Dates TBA.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Kays.
$300 includes a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Alpine Plants and Ecology (August)

The second year alpine class is one of the most beloved overnights. Space is limited and usually open the week before the trip. Email us to get on the waitlist.

Time and Dates TBA.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Kays.
$300 includes a $100 non-refundable deposit

Apiaceae (Carrot Family) Review (September)

A review of the Carrot family taxonomy for current and old students that will further botanical skills using familiar friends and new plants.

Time and Dates TBA.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Kays.
$300 includes a $100 non-refundable deposit

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