Ethnobotany in the Texas Hill Country
Becoming Bio-regional: for Herbalists, Foragers and Permaculturists
with Sonoran herbalist & forager, John Slattery

There is a current movement to learn more about our local plants, wherever we may live. The use of wild plants for food, medicine, and a great variety of utilitarian applications (known as ethnobotany) is known across all cultural boundaries.

Sadly, the general population in America is significantly lacking in this knowledge. This was not so in previous generations across various cultures within America, and was not the case where immigrant families have emigrated from. It all begins right now, and getting out with the plants is our first step.

During this 3-day intensive field study, herbalist and forager John Slattery will be facilitating an exploration of the local flora from a bio-regionalist’s perspective. That is, what we can find in our local surroundings.

The basic techniques and principles of field botany will be demonstrated and discussed with hands-on exercises in the field, and we will be covering a variety of uses for each plant we find while discussing edible, medicinal, and utilitarian applications.

The course will range over different terrains, including our North San Antonio campus to Government Canyon so that students can have a good representation of Central TX plants.

Handouts will be provided.


Location: will start at our  North San Antonio campus, but will also do part of the class in close-by neighboring hill country areas that can be readily accessed. Exact directions will be emailed prior to the course.

A part of the class will be in the field, and students are encouraged to bring hats, good walking shoes, cameras to document plants, notebooks and writing materials, sunscreen if needed, water, and a simple day pack to carry this in.

Class Times:  Day 1 (Friday) 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Day 2 (Saturday) 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (with a one hour break for lunch)

Day 3 (Sunday)  9 am to 4 pm.

Students will need to bring snacks and a sack lunch to eat while out.

Tuition: Regular Tuition is $175 after March 23rd.

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