Edible & Medicinal Plants Class

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Learn how to ethically harvest edible and medicinal plants with our Edible & Medicinal Plant Class. We'll cover safe harvesting techniques, avoiding chemical contamination, and identifying individual plants. Stay safe with our guidance on woody vs. herbaceous plants, deciduous vs. evergreen, simple vs. compound leaves, and toxicity. Join us for hands-on experience with a variety of plants like Plantain, Cattail, Nettles, and more.

The registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to class start date.

How to identify individual plants/trees

·           Touch on toxicity and dangers

·           Woody vs. Herbaceous plants

·           Deciduous vs. Evergreen

·           Simple vs. Compound leaves

·           Perennial/Biennial/Annual

·           Using various plant guides.         

Plant List (will tailor to what’s up at the time)

          Plantain                                      Cattail

          Red Clover                                  Nettles

          White Clover                               Wild Violet

          Wood Sorrell                               Chicory

          Blackberry                                  Honeysuckle

          Raspberry                                  Poke

          Burdock                                     Black Walnut

          Curly Dock                                 Dandelion

          Various Sumac                            Wild Garlic/Wild Onion

          Queen Annes Lace                       White Pine

          Other Nut/Fruit-bearing trees/Shrubs

How To Harvest

  • ·         Ethical Harvest vs. Emergency Harvest
  • ·         Where to harvest.
  • ·         Chemical contamination
  • ·         Short Plant Walk
  • ·         Send students to harvest
  • ·         Student's lunch supplemented with their harvest.
  • ·         Longer Plant Walk - Talk about edible vs. medicinal uses. (a primer for Day 2)

          Q&A During and after


Medicinal Plants

·         Re-cap ITEM, Harvest and dangerous look alike.

·         Plant List, Same as Day 1 and add the 5 trees.

·         Medicinal Preps

    • Raw
    • Poultice
    • Fomentation
    • Infusion (Cold/Hot)
    •  Decoction
    • Salves/Lotions/Balms

Making A Salve

  • Solids to Soft/Liquid Ratio
  • Step by Step
  • Making the Infusion
  • Wax Preparation
  • Adding the Infusion
  • Troubleshooting
  • Send the students to harvest.
  • Make the salve, re-cap the steps while they are cooking.
  • Lessons Learned, goodbye!

Equipment List:

Standard camping equipment if they are camping, small camp stove and cooking gear to prepare harvested plants. Peterson's Edible Plant Guides & Peterson's Medicinal Plant Guide for the Eastern Woodlands, Notebook and pen/pencil. Food/snacks for the duration of the class.

Age Requirements: 
Must be at least 18 years old.

About our School:

  • Fully Insured
  • Red Cross Certified Training Facility
  • EMT’s and Paramedic’s on Staff
  • AED on Location 
  • Epinephrine on Location
  • Instructors are CPR and Wilderness First Aid Red Cross Certified 
  • Low Student to Instructor to create a Pedagogy learning environment. 
  • Most Instructors either former Military, EMS, or LE
  • Lead Instructor is NASAR Advanced Search and Rescue Certified 
  • Dave Canterbury is Certified Expert Trapper by Fur Takers of America and a Certified Intermediate Herbalist by the Herbal Academy International School of Herbal Arts and Sciences
  • All Instructors are equipped and licensed in HAM radio as well as PLB SAT comes for emergency communications away from classroom area.
  • Training area is over 4500 Forested Acres 

Please make sure you take all gear with you at the end of the class. If gear is left behind, we will not be able to ship it to you, and will be considered abandoned. 

Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be NO camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the class concludes.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Luciano Cicchelli (Veneto, Italy)
    edible plants folded manual. Top quality

    Very good quality paper and full of informations,
    Very comfortable, little, light.


    David Fultz (Ohio, United States)
    ANOTHER great class at the Pathfinder School!

    I took the edible and Medicinal plant class last weekend at the Pathfinder School in Ohio.
    There were students from Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York and Louisiana in attendance.
    The instructor’s ( Kevin Baxter ) knowledge is encyclopedic while his teaching style is an Everyman approach.
    Any season of the year is a good time to take this course since the plants are at different stages of growth.
    Check out Salty Dog Outdoors for more info on Kevin Baxter and plants😃

    Richard Gummere
    Edible and Medicinal Plants class

    I really enjoyed this class. Very well presented with a lot of great information. I knew a little about some of the plants that were covered but I learned so much more. Learning about the medicinal aspects of the plants was something I've wanted to explore. Making a Salve and Tincture and how they are prepared was interesting and added to the hands-on learning. The instructor, Kevin Baxter, is a great instructor. He answered everyone's questions and passed along lots of great information. An added bonus was going on a hike with Dave where he showed us different mushrooms and where and how to locate them. I highly recommend this class, if you have the chance sign up!

    Tim Hagen
    Adding plants go your skills

    I just finished the edible and medicinal plants class yesterday. Kevin Baxter does an excellent job of breaking the lessons in two so you can focus deeper to absorb more knowledge. He is very knowledgeable and excellent in explaining your questions in common man terms.
    We learned the different types of ways to make medicines and he made it easy to understand to the point you will actually want to do them on your own.
    Dave stopped in on day two for a couple mile walk through the woods to add some mushroom identification and environmental identifiers when looking for them.
    All in all well worth your investment in your plant skillsets.
    I highly recommend this class.