Classes and events

Covid-19 update: all classes will be held outdoors (limited to 8 people, masks and social distancing required), OR online.

Plant walk at the three Part Harmony 2016 harvest festival (Photo by Tyler Grigsby)

Scheduled events are listed at the bottom of this page

Host your own plant walk, medicine-making workshop, or botany class!

Topics can be customized to the event, and may include:

  • Edible wild plants
  • Local medicinal herbs
  • Botany and plant identification
  • Ethical and respectful harvesting practices
  • Making your own herbal medicine
  • Health-specific topics

A plant walk can happen anywhere! Tree boxes, railroad tracks, and alleys can be just as interesting as your local park or woodland. Walks usually last 1-3 hours depending on the interest level of the group. Kids are always welcome.

I’ve done classes for individuals, families, organizations, schools, and neighborhood groups. The optimal group size is under 20. During Covid restrictions in-person class size is limited to 10 outdoor participants. To schedule a walk, please email littleredbirdbotanicals@gmail.com.

In the words of one participant: “Thank you so much for the plant walk and consultation. I was very impressed with your knowledge of plants and your ability to convey the information clearly.  In reviewing my notes I found that we encountered and you explained more than 20 different types of plants growing in along the course of a four-block walk in my neighborhood….Now I know more of what is in my own backyard, so to speak.”

Upcoming events:

Early Spring Foraging Walk: Join me on Sunday 3/7 for an exploration of the edible and medicinal plants that pop up with spring on the horizon. Registration required, tickets are sliding scale.

Home Apothecary Program: An eight month long hands-on program that includes growing, harvesting, and preparing medicinal herbs and foundations of herbalsm. The program is held one Saturday morning and one Monday evening per month, March through November.

2021 Herbal CSA: a membership program that includes monthly packages of locally-grown herbal products and classes on identifying local plants, using medicinal herbs, and making your own remedies.

Intro to Plant Identification: Learn the basics of field botany and explore the flora of the DC area. This class consists of two sessions: a presentation (zoom or in-person format, depending on Covid safety recommendations) and a hands-on outdoor afternoon session to get experience using a key to identify plants.

Wild Ginger Community Herbal Program: 8-month online herbal program through the Wild Ginger Herbal Center. I’ll be teaching two sessions: botany and wild plant ID, and serving the LGBTQIA community in herbalilsm. Check out the whole program, it’s full of great topics and teachers!

Past events:

Winter Tree Identification: learn to ID common wild and street trees in DC. This class is split into two sections: a zoom presentation and an outdoor in-person session where we will apply the skills learned in the zoom session. The zoom will be held on January 2, 2012 with options to do the outdoor portion the same day or on Sunday Jan 3rd. Sliding scale $30-80, free tickets available for those who are not reasonably able to pay.

Solo Pop-up market: In lieu of participating in any holiday craft markets this year I’m going to pop up on my own outside my apothecary at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Sunday 12/13/21 from 2-5pm and Wednesday 12/16/21 from 4-7pm I’ll set up in front of the building with the usual selection of tinctures, syrups, salves, vinegars, and teas. 2437 15th St NW.

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