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We offer our Seniors 62 or over and students with a current Student ID discounts on all our Field Seminars. Please Email or call (415) 663-1200 ext. 373 to find out more information on our Senior & Student Discount program.
Sunday, November 20 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • $85 ($65 PRNSA Members) A $5 material fee is included in the registration fee.
The indigenous peoples of California knew more than a little about utilizing the abundance of food resources around them, both plant and animal. Happily, some of this knowledge has been retained, and with a little effort there are many ways of utilizing native foods that will appeal to our modern palates! The first part of the day will consist of a lecture/slideshow highlighting many of the more common (and lesser known) wild edible plants of the region. Unique identification characteristics of the chosen plants will be highlighted in order to eliminate any confusion with less savory/toxic look-alikes. Plant family characteristics, harvesting/preparation methods, wild crafting ethics, and basic nutritional profiles of the plants will be covered as well. The later half of class will be spent preparing and sampling a number of tasty wild food dishes. Although certainly not fast food, wild edibles are nutrient dense and are found in surprising abundance around the cities of the bay area.
Pleae call (415) 663-1200 ext, 373 to register.
John Granatir (Owner of Blue Water Kayaking)
Sunday, November 27 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM • $150 ($135 PRNSA Members)
The Giacomini Ranch was established over 50 years ago at the head of Tomales Bay near downtown Point Reyes Station. In order to create pastureland from existing salt marsh, Rancher Waldo Giacomini built levees and tide gates to manage tidal incursion. The levees significantly altered the patterns of estuarine circulation and sediment deposition in the area. In 2000 the Point Reyes National Seashore purchased 563 acres of the Giacomini farmland in order to begin the long, delicate process of restoring the wetlands. The project took eight and a half years to finish. The levees have now been removed, adding approximately 4% to existing California salt marshes. The Giacomini Wetlands can be viewed from strategically placed, yet somewhat limited trails and viewing areas, or (even better) from a kayak at high tide, gliding through areas of pristine wetlands.
Saturday, December 3 • 10 AM - 2 PM • $50 ($40 PRNSA Members)
Usually the art and science of identification is built around visual clues provided by flowers and seeds, the reproductive part of a plant's life cycle, yet native plants display these all-important markers of identity during a brief time. But don't let that fool you; anyone can learn to decipher hints on plant identity and relationship from other clues, including plant shape, bark, stems, leaves, and remnants of flowers and fruits. You just need to know what to look for to turn inquiry into a treasure hunt that continues year round.
This new series features four-hour walks throughout the national seashore, learning to look for the clues that nature provides. Each session will focus on important plant families and genera. We'll visit a wide variety of different habitats to establish a thorough grounding on the process.
Sunday, December 4 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • $95 ($75 PRNSA Members) A $15 material fee is included in the registration fee.
Come join us as we learn to create a variety of botanical medicines using many native California plants. During this intensive class we will learn the fundamental methods for making a number of preparations, including: teas, tinctures, herbal oils, salves, liniments, and syrups. Starting with an overview of some basic principles of plant chemistry, we will examine different extraction methods while learning when they can be best applied. The remainder of the class will be devoted to preparing a number of different herbal products, giving us a chance to put theory into practice. This is an interactive class, so please come ready to get your hands dirty while having a lot of fun! All materials will be provided and each student will leave with a product s/he helped prepare.
John Granatir (Owner of Blue Water Kayaking)
Saturday, December 17 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM • $150 ($135 PRNSA Members)
Many Bay Area residents may not realize that there is a 7,847-acre estuarine wilderness right in their own backyard. Spend the day kayaking around Drakes Estero, one of California’s most pristine estuaries and home to some of the healthiest eelgrass beds in the region. These beds will be easily seen from our kayaks, enabling us to view the ways in which they provide shelter for the countless invertebrates that form the basis of the complex food chain that makes this ecosystem so diverse and exciting. As we paddle, we will be on the lookout for wildlife on the surrounding hillsides and watch the water for bat rays and leopard sharks. The bird life in this area is not to be missed, and we will be treated to views of shorebirds feeding in the rich mud and waterbirds feeding on schools of herring, anchovies and sardines.
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November 15, 2011