Classes and events

Covid protocols: to protect the most vulnerable in our community, and in recognition of long covid’s massive impact, I remain pretty cautious even as the rest of the world moves on. Most classes are held outdoors, and any indoor events will require masking. Please feel free to contact me with any questions; if an accommodation is needed for your safety in a class please ask. Thanks, everyone, for keeping each other safe!

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

Want to host your own walk? Scroll down for info

Upcoming events:

Trees in Four Seasons: an exploration through the year

(outdoor, in-person, 8 classes February-December) Trees change dramatically through the yearly seasonal cycle, and these changes are a huge part of our own experiences of the seasons. This class will follow tree cycles starting in winter through the year of growth, flowering, fruiting, and preparing for the next winter. Each class will include some components of tree identification, biology, medicinal/edible tree parts, and development of personal connection to trees and our environments.

Wild Plants! An exploration through the year

(outdoor, in-person, 8 classes Feb-December) Weeds, native plants, migrant plants, invasive species….we share the city with a huge number of plants in various ecosystems. Watching plants through the year provides a broad understanding of the ways they grow, interact, and create the landscapes in which we live.

Home Apothecary Program

(registration for 2024 opens in late January) 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.

2024 Herbal CSA

The CSA is 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.

Community apothecary open for walk-ins every Wednesday 4-7. Just in case, I recommend you check my Instagram feed for real-time cancellations! (you don’t have to have an account to view)

Wild Ginger Community Herbal Programs: online and in-person herbal programs through the Wild Ginger Herbal Center. I’ve been one of many teachers for this program for many years and highly recommend it– check out the whole program, it’s full of great topics and teachers!

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 provide classes for individuals, families, organizations, schools, government agencies, 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.”

Past events:

Winter tree identification

(Saturday January 27th, 10:30-3pm in Takoma DC) Learn to identify trees in winter! This class will focus on common street and woodland trees in the DC area. Class is divided into two sections: morning is held indoors to focus on learning characteristics that are useful in identifying trees, followed by an afternoon session outdoors looking at trees in a local park.

Fall foraging plant walk (September 19th): an exploration of the edible and medicinal plants of fall. We’ll focus on plants that are common throughout the city so participants will learn to recognize the plants they see regularly. We’ll discuss identifying, harvesting, preparing, and using plants for food, flavor, and wellness support.

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.

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.

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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