Instructor: Gabe Garms
Start Date: First class of the year begins on January 26, 2018. Each class can be taken individually or purchased at a multi-class discount on the dates listed below. Class meets once per month either at Raven's Roots campus or at various locations near Bellingham.
Class Duration: 10am-1pm
Cost: $20 per class, per student. Discounts can be applied if classes are purchased in a package. See the Cost section below for more details
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Since October of 2016 we've been hosting classes for homeschooling families which meet one day per month (for a few hours each day). All classes take place on weekdays, 10-1, unless otherwise noted. Classes are held both in the Bellingham area and at the Raven's Roots campus in Sedro-Woolley, WA. This class is all hands-on and students often go home with medicines, plants, fire kits and much more. Topics and dates for the 2018 monthly classes are listed below.
January 26, 2018 (Friday) - at Lake Paddon - We'll go on a 3 hour naturalist walk at Lake Paddon and learn about plants (edible and medicinal), wildlife track and sign, insects and other invertebrates, bird language & behavior and more.
February 19, 2018 (Monday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll be learning about soils and how to make compost and compost tea for the garden. We'll discuss soil biology in a way that's easy for kids to understand and show them how to properly care for soils. They'll build a compost pile from scratch, learn how to make and use compost teas and look at soil biology under the microscope. If you want your kids to have green thumbs, this class will provide them with an excellent foundation and get them excited about growing gardens.
March 19, 2018 (Monday)- at Hovander Homestead in Ferndale, WA - We'll be looking at the track and sign of wildlife and studying the language and behavior of the birds. Nearby Tenant Lake is rich with wildlife such as otters, minks, beaver, coyote, hawks, owls and much more. We'll look at their tracks, feeding sign, scat and teach you how to use bird behavior to predict where other wildlife are moving on the landscape.
April 20, 2018 (Friday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll be hosting a fermentation workshop where the kids will learn the health benefits and how to make fermented foods. We'll be making kombucha, sauerkraut, sodas and more. The kids will go home recipes and samples of the foods and beverages that we make in class.
May 21, 2018 (Monday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll be studying permaculture at our farm in Sedro-Woolley, WA. We'll taste and learn about different perennial vegetables from around the world that grow in our climate, how permaculture gardens are designed and how to make compost. Families will also go home with a few plants of their choice from our permaculture nursery on site.
June 18, 2018 (Monday)- at Deception Pass in Oak Harbor, WA - We'll go on a 2 hour naturalist walk at Deception Pass and learn about plants (edible and medicinal), wildlife track and sign, insects and other invertebrates, bird language & behavior and more.
July 20, 2018 (Friday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll be learning how to make fire using friction and purify water. The kids will learn not only how to make a fire using the bow drill method, but also how to properly construct a fire and where to find the materials in the wild. Kids will go home with their own bow drill friction fire kit to practice outside of class. We'll also learn a few different methods of purifying water in the wild.
August 20, 2018 (Monday)- at a Raven's Roots - We'll go on a 3 hour naturalist walk at our campus and learn about plants (edible and medicinal), wildlife track and sign, insects and other invertebrates, bird language & behavior and more. Since we are a naturalist school, we have LOTS and LOTS to see.
September 24, 2018 (Monday)- at Raven's Roots -We'll be building a winter wellness kit in a natural medicine making workshop. We'll create our own herbal healing products from harvest to an end product: tinctures, vinegars, salves and throat drops. You will leave the class with at least two products in hand to help ward off common winter ills, including the famous Fire Cider to improve your immunity.
October 19, 2018 (Friday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll learn about the edible and medicinal mushrooms found here in the Pacific Northwest. We'll talk about how to identify and find certain mushrooms in the wild and how to cultivate them at home.
November 16, 2018 (Friday)- at Raven's Roots - In this 3 hour class, we'll learn how to wildcraft our own baskets using a variety of techniques. We'll learn how to prep and make willow, cattail and pine baskets.
December 10, 2018 (Monday)- at Raven's Roots - We'll learn how to wildcraft our own personal care products. We'll make soap, toothpaste, deodorant and more in this workshop.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE CLASS:
Gabe stays after for all classes, for questions and further discussion. Families can leave at 1pm or can plan to stay if desired.
Please let us know if you have any concerns about: your child using a sharp knife, learning to start fires, learning wild edibles or anything else. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those families who attend all or most of the classes, Gabe would like there to be weekly "home work". He would like the kids to pick a "sit spot" somewhere close to their home where they can spend some time in nature, simply observing what they see every week. Noting any plants or animals, any changes from week to week, new life, new sounds, etc. (a sort of Walden Pond approach) Gabe would like us all to share our observations with him, but the logistics of how that would look will be discussed the first week, so that this is a project that works for everyone.
The classes are appropriate for kids ages 7 and up and their parents. The price of an individual class is $20 per participant (parents do need to pay, younger sibs can attend for free). Parents are required to attend with their child unless your child is under the supervision of another attending adult. It is preferred that parents attend so that learning can continue at home.
DISCOUNTS WHEN MULTIPLE CLASSES ARE PURCHASED:
1. Purchase any 3 classes (out of the 12) for $45 per person
2. Purchase any 6 classes for $70 per person
3. Purchase all 12 classes for $120 per person
If you purchase the 3 or the 6 class package, please send us an email listing the specific dates you'd like to attend at email@example.com. Also feel free to call Gabe Garms if you require more information at 360-305-3514. If email is easier, you can also email him at the same email listed above.
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