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Discovery Learning Center

Botanic Adventures

with Catharine Gunderson


(Please note: this class requires a $55 instructor fee to be paid directly to the teacher at the class. Instructor is an Ocean Grove vendor. Separate DLC registeration fee of $12 paid online)

90 minute class utilizing PART OUTDOORS and PART CLASSROOM, with outdoor exploration (free and guided) using nature exploring tools, games outdoors to learn the identification and properties of plants, making and using a plant press, utilizing field guides, etc. INDOORS: making some herbal teas, elderberry gummies, dream pillows, first aid products, art activities, and observing, discussing and drawing plants using our naked eyes jewelers loupes, as well as 2 dissecting stereo microscopes (that I will bring that make anything look magical).

Cost: $55. for a 4 week class (instructor is Ocean Grove vender). Includes materials.

Age: 7 -12

Activity Level: Tangy- this activity is a mix of calm and high energy periods, good for kids who can focus for short periods of time but also like to get up and move around

About the instructor:
I am passionate about nature. I have a small (very small) business in which I either forage for, grow, or trade for dye plants, dye mushrooms, or dye lichens to dye white silk clothing to sell at craft fairs locally. That started when I started showing my home school students (10 years full time at Loma Pieta Independent Home Study at the summit) how to dye silk scarves with mushrooms, and do a Shibori print for Mother's Day gifts. I enjoyed teaching enrichment classes and consulting with home school families immensely. I have been teaching adults also for decades about herbs, medicinal plants, making medicines, decorating with natural materials, etc. I am a certificated California Naturalist and Master Gardener. I have a B. S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from U.C. Davis, am an accomplished and award winning cook, home brewer, and preserver. I only give homemade gifts utilizing natural materials, foraged wild foods, and my favorite activity is foraging in nature leading herb walks, and wildcrafting. I really enjoy sharing my (very safe) passion of nature with children.

Sep 14th, 2017
Thu for 4 weeks from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Discovery Learning Center Scotts Valley

5271 Scotts Valley Dr
Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Get directions

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