Expeditions

Fall Mushroom Forage

Saturday October 14, 2017

Spend a day in the autumn forests of the Columbia Gorge and participate in Mother…

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Matsutake Mushroom Forage!

Friday October 27, 2017

We're on the hunt for late fall mushrooms, including the prized MATSUTAKE!

Past Expeditions classes

Botanical Drawing: Columbia Gorge Wildflowers

Sunday May 21, 2017

Soak in the glory of the Columbia Gorge wildflower season with a day of observing…


Botanical Drawing: Columbia Gorge Wildflowers

Date: Sunday May 21, 2017

Soak in the glory of the Columbia Gorge wildflower season with a day of observing and drawing. A light hike, plant identification, and plenty of time to fill up your notebook with sketches and studies of some of this region’s spectacular wildflowers. Chelsea will guide students through specific drawing techniques during the first half of class, while the second half will be reserved for personal exploration.

Please pack a sack lunch, water bottle and wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing & footwear. This class will be held outside regardless of the weather. Experiences in nature, like this one, can be physically intense processes. Please let us know in advance if you have any health issues that may interfere with your ability to participate fully in this workshop. 

You will receive an email with directions and more info a week prior to the workshop.

Cascadia’s Cascades: A Waterfall Experience

Saturday August 26, 2017

There’s something magical about the rush of a waterfall, maybe because it’s a…


Cascadia’s Cascades: A Waterfall Experience

Date: Saturday August 26, 2017 - Sunday August 27, 2017

There’s something magical about the rush of a waterfall, maybe because it’s a perfect blend of beauty and power and when you visit one, you don’t just see it—you feel it. The forests in the Pacific Northwest are abundant in waterfalls, many of them rarely visited, unmarked and nearly ‘secret’. Spend a two days with these hidden cascades. Revel in their splendor, learn of the geology and ecology surrounding them and how to practice sustainable off trail exploration.

We will camp together to make this a two day exploration experience, enjoying a campfire dinner as we recount the day’s adventures and plan for the next. Aside from viewing majestic waterfalls, we will teach practical skills on how to stay safe on (and off) the trail. These lessons will include map reading, understanding topography and geology in order to find-and best reach-waterfalls, how to observe your environment as well as best practices for bushwhacking without leaving a ‘trail’ behind you. This is for experienced hikers, people who are comfortable hiking all throughout the day, rain or shine.

Enjoy the reward of reaching multiple waterfalls destinations: it is the quintessential way to spend time in the Pacific Northwest woods.  Locations are undisclosed until registered and in attendance. Meet Location will be approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Portland.

 This workshop is ideal for people who love to be outside, are adventurous and healthy. We will be outside for 2 entire days, in very remote locations. Participants must be able to hike, and be in the sun/rain for long periods of time. Please plan to pack accordingly for the elements, including very hot days, and potentially cold evenings. A detailed packing list will be provided to those registered prior to the trip. Students will be responsible for all camping gear, as well as his/her meals, excepting dinner. Dinner will be provided on Saturday evening.

Coastal Dye Plants & Campout

Saturday July 15, 2017

Beat it out of the city and come explore the Oregon coastline, and the many dye…


Coastal Dye Plants & Campout

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017 - Sunday July 16, 2017

Beat it out of the city and come explore the Oregon coastline, and the many dye plants that make their home in this coastal landscape! Students will learn to extract dye from plants, trees, flowers and weeds found along the roadsides, edges of beaches and nature preserves around Tillamook and Netarts Bay. Over the course of 2 days, we’ll learn to identify and sustainably harvest numerous dye plants, from manzanita and goldenrod to salal and oregon grape.The group will learn to mordant fibers, using sea water and cook down dye plants over fires built on the beaches. We will use non-toxic mordents and animal fibers (wool & silk) to create a journal of swatches and samples. In addition to discussing contemporary trends in natural dyeing, we will explore the history of natural dyes as used by Coast Salish Native peoples, learning which plants were prized for dying wools and other animal fibers.

Camping is reserved for the group at Cape Lookout State Park. Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided on Saturday evening. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking, processing plants outdoors and building fires on the beach. It can be rainy and windy at the Oregon Coast, even in the summer.

Coastal Mushroom Forage

Saturday September 23, 2017

This workshop gives you the opportunity to spend a day foraging…


Coastal Mushroom Forage

Date: Saturday September 23, 2017

This workshop gives you the opportunity to spend a day foraging for mushrooms on the Oregon Coast. The display of fall fungi is guaranteed to be astonishing within the gorgeous, shaded depths of the coastal woods. This workshop will cover the basics of mushroom identification, with in-depth lessons on identifying choice coastal edibles. The unique environment of the coastal forest offers the chance to stumble upon a larger variety of mushrooms-including many distinguished culinary treasures such as the Lobster, Hedgehog, King Boletes, potentially Matsutake and of course plenty of Oregon’s state mushroom, the Pacific Golden Chanterelle.

This workshop is ideal for folks who like to be outside, and are capable of hiking for hours at a time. We will be hiking, rain or shine. A detailed packing list, and info about our foraging location will be provided 1 week prior to the trip.

Collecting Colors of Place: Mineral Harvest for Painters & Potters

Saturday July 22, 2017

Painters! Are you curious about harvesing your own minerals to create uniquely…


Collecting Colors of Place: Mineral Harvest for Painters & Potters

Date: Saturday July 22, 2017 - Sunday July 23, 2017

Painters! Are you curious about harvesing your own minerals to create uniquely colored paints?

Potters! Interested in digging your own clay and collecting minerals to create your own glazes?

This two day mineral exploration will be a journey into the ancient landscape of Central Oregon, around the John Day Fossil Beds, searching for the colorful paleosols (fossil soils) formed over the course of millions of years. The expedition will focus on identifying and harvesting materials that can be used as pigments for making paint or as clay sand glaze for pottery. The trip will include camping under the stars, along the John Day River. During the day we will explore the surrounding landscapes learning about the history of the geological formations and collecting various colors of soil. The workshop will focus on how to sustainably collect minerals that also respects the places from which they originate.  We will emphasize the importance of our ecological footprint in the landscape and in our art studios while embracing the philosophy of "leave no trace".  In the evening, the group will learn how to process harvested minerals into pigments, and begin the process of sifting and separating soils & clays into workable materials.

This workshop is ideal for people who love to be outside, are adventurous and healthy. We will be outside for 2 entire days, in very remote locations. Participants must be able to hike, and be in the sun for long periods of time. Please plan to pack accordingly for the elements, including very hot days, and potentially cold evenings. A detailed packing list will be provided to those registered prior to the trip. Students will be responsible for all camping gear, as well as his/her meals, excepting dinner. Dinner will be provided on Saturday and Sunday evening. Please plan on carpooling: single-car drivers will not be allowed in the caravan. 

Edible Seaweed of the Oregon Coast

Sunday May 28, 2017

This class will introduce students to seaweed species on the Oregon coast. It…


Edible Seaweed of the Oregon Coast

Date: Sunday May 28, 2017

This class will introduce students to seaweed species on the Oregon coast. It will cover identification of 8-10 seaweed species, ethical harvesting techniques, seasonal timing, processing, simple recipes, and storage, along with seaweed ethnobotany and ocean ecology. One species at a time, students will learn identifying characteristics, including color, shape, texture, and taste; location in the intertidal zone; and sustainable methods for harvesting and caring for your harvest so you may enjoy your bounty fresh, dried, and revived in recipes months later. Students will have time to learn and ask questions as a group and experience harvesting in beautiful tide pools and rock gardens at Ecola State Park. The class will end with preparing and tasting fresh seaweed dishes.

Please pack a sack lunch, water bottle and wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing & footwear. This class will be held outside regardless of the weather. Wild harvests, like this one, can be physically intense processes. Please let us know in advance if you have any health issues that may interfere with your ability to participate fully in this workshop. 

You will receive an email with directions and more info a week prior to the workshop.

Hot Spring Rockhounding Ramble: Yosemite to Death Valley

Friday September 08, 2017

Join rockhound and lapidary artist Alison Jean Cole on an epic…


Hot Spring Rockhounding Ramble: Yosemite to Death Valley

Date: Friday September 08, 2017 - Monday September 11, 2017

Join rockhound and lapidary artist Alison Jean Cole on an epic ramble through the Eastern Sierras and Nevada Desert in search of hot springs, fossils, and fluorescent minerals. We'll spend 4 days and 3 nights rambling through some the the West's most beautiful landscapes. Learn to identify treasure bearing sites, get a grip on wayfinding and build your confidence traversing backcountry byways. This trip begins outside the eastern fringe of Yosemite and terminates and the northeastern boundary of Death Valley. Vehicle numbers are limited and carpooling is highly encouraged to get a place in this expedition!

High clearance vehicles are required: trucks, jeeps, SUVs. We will be traveling many miles off pavement and drivers must carry ample supplies, a gas can, and be comfortable changing flat tires. Though most of our dirt roads are very safe and well graded, high clearance is required to maneuver vehicles around ruts, washouts, and other obstacles we are likely to encounter. If you do not have a high clearance vehicle, but would still like to partcipate in this expedition, we can help find you a carpool. Please email us with questions: chelsea@wildcraftstudioschool.com

 Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided each evening. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, including extreme heat, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking in desert conditions, and camping in unimproved wilderness areas. There will be no bathrooms or showers on this trip. A detailed itineray and packing list will be provided prior to the trip.

Huckleberry, Cedar & Sweetgrass: Weave & Harvest

Saturday August 05, 2017

Have you ever wanted to know what mountain berries are edible? Curious…


Huckleberry, Cedar & Sweetgrass: Weave & Harvest

Date: Saturday August 05, 2017 - Sunday August 06, 2017

Have you ever wanted to know what mountain berries are edible? Curious about other wild plants that have been used throughout history? Take this opportunity to camp in the mountains, learning about traditional Native American food plants like huckleberry and other plants used for basketry & medicine.

Using traditional and contemporary methods, students will learn to prepare Western Red Cedar for weaving and have a completed berry gathering basket. Students will learn single twined, plaiting, triple strand twinning and a fold down diagonal rim. If time allows, students may participate in using natural materials to dye their cedar.

A dinner incorporating traditional Native foods will be prepared and served on Saturday night.

We will be located in the Siuslaw National Forest, Hebo Ranger Station between the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation and Tillamook Oregon, around South Lake or Hebo Lake Campground. If time allows, a tour of some of our natural beauty of our reservation, traditional basketry plants, fishing or hiking part of the original Tillamook Indian Trail.

An excellent workshop for those who are curious about weaving, ethobotany and for those who love to be outside. Students must be preapred to camp, and provide their own tents, sleeping bags, etc. Dinner will be provided on Saturday night, students are responsible for packing all other meals. This workshop is 100% outdoors and recommended for those who like to camp, hike and are comfortable in a variety of weather elements.

 

Native Clay Dig

Saturday May 20, 2017

This workshop covers the basics of where to find and how to collect clay, along…


Native Clay Dig

Date: Saturday May 20, 2017

This workshop covers the basics of where to find and how to collect clay, along with the various uses of clay minerals in ceramics.  There are many minerals and sources of clay deposits in Oregon and Washington that can be used in place of commercially produced clays.  Using native clay and other minerals in ceramics transfers the spirit of a place into the work of art and enables a sustainable relationship between the material and its creator. Understanding the history of the landscape through the collection of local clay also unearths the geology of a landscape and its creation over time. This workshop also will focus on the processing of the clay that is collected, the introduction of other ingredients to make the clay workable, and potential materials for use in glazes.

Please pack a sack lunch, water bottle and wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing & footwear. This class will be held outside regardless of the weather. Wild harvests, like this one, can be physically intense processes. Please let us know in advance if you have any health issues that may interfere with your ability to participate fully in this workshop. 

You will receive an email with directions and more info a week prior to the workshop.

NW Mountain Series: Mt. Adams

Saturday August 19, 2017

Spend a day getting to know the Hidden Giant of the Cascade Range, Mt. Adams.…


NW Mountain Series: Mt. Adams

Date: Saturday August 19, 2017

Spend a day getting to know the Hidden Giant of the Cascade Range, Mt. Adams. It is one of the most isolated mountains in the country, and even though it sits just an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland, (and stands over 1,000 feet higher than Mt. Hood) it is not well known or as frequently visited. Sometimes we get stuck in an adventure rut, but if we awaken to the fullness of an environment we can experience the depth of a scene before us. Using Mt. Adams as our focal point, we will delve into its natural history, the heritage of its inhabitants and folklore.  We will visit a handful of locations at the foot of the mountain, each a point of interest because of its geology, history, stunning beauty or native plant population. Adams is home to unique flora and fauna (and fungi!), we will be sure to learn about them as we go about exploring.

Let Mt. Adams, or Pahto as it used to be called, show you a whole new territory to adventure into as it reveals remarkable views and fascinating history-it’s waiting just down the road!

Maps of the area will be provided and we will spend time discussing how to navigate the secluded roads and how to decipher the national forest road numbering system. You must be comfortable walking on rugged trails on and off throughout the day. Plan on spending a full day outside: pack a lunch & ample snacks and be ready to stay out to watch the sunset. Full packing list and meet location will be disclosed after registering.

This workshop is ideal for folks who like to be outside, and are capable of hiking for hours at a time. We will be hiking, rain or shine. A detailed packing list, and info about our location will be provided 1 week prior to the trip.

NW Mountain Series: Mt. Hood

Saturday July 08, 2017

If you’re local to the Pacific Northwest, you’ve likely spent time on Mt. Hood,…


NW Mountain Series: Mt. Hood

Date: Saturday July 08, 2017

If you’re local to the Pacific Northwest, you’ve likely spent time on Mt. Hood, and if you’re visiting-you know it’s a must see destination. How about spending a day getting to know Mt. Hood-or WyEast as it was originally called-and getting to know it beyond the traditional, most popularly (and often crowded) locations. Sometimes we get stuck in an adventure-rut, but if we awaken to the fullness of an environment, we have the opportunity to experience the depth & richness of a place. Using Mt. Hood as our focal point, we will delve into the natural history, heritage of its inhabitants and folklore. We will visit a handful of locations at the foot of the mountain, each a point of interest because of its geology, history, stunning beauty or native plant population. Hood is home to unique flora and fauna (and fungi!), we will be sure to learn about them as we go about exploring. You will come away with a new appreciation for the mountain that captivates the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, The Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Maps of the area will be provided and we will spend time discussing how to navigate the secluded roads and how to decipher the national forest road numbering system. You must be comfortable walking on rugged trails on and off throughout the day. Plan on spending a full day outside: pack a lunch & ample snacks and be ready to stay out to watch the sunset. Full packing list and meet location will be disclosed after registering.

This workshop is ideal for folks who like to be outside, and are capable of hiking for hours at a time. We will be hiking, rain or shine. A detailed packing list, and info about our location will be provided 1 week prior to the trip.

Spring Mountain Mushroom Hunt

Saturday June 17, 2017

Spend…


Spring Mountain Mushroom Hunt

Date: Saturday June 17, 2017

Spend a day in the fresh, springtime forest and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt looking for mushrooms. The spring has been slow coming, yet very good to us this year after the heavy rain and snowfall this winter. This means the Spring King (also known as the Porcini) is just starting to show itself and we must go in search of it! The Spring King will be our focus for this foraging expedition, learning about the environment it grows in, the proper identification, ways of harvesting, cleaning and storing this Pacific Northwest speciality mushroom. Spring Kings bring an extra challenge because they are experts in hide and seek, but we will seek it diligently and learn how to detect signs of their hiding places.

We will also come across a variety of mushrooms and plants while out--all beautiful, unique and play a role in our ecology and in our hunt for the Porcini, so we will be sure to discuss them and dig into all aspects of mushroom identification while out.

Many places in the world have fall Porcini, but here in the Pacific Northwest we are incredibly fortunate to have this rich, earthy, delicious mushroom in the spring as well-don’t miss out on the chance to go on the hunt for it!

This workshop is ideal for folks who like to be outside, and are capable of hiking for hours at a time. We will be hiking, rain or shine. A detailed packing list, and info about our foraging location will be provided 1 week prior to the trip.

Spring Mushroom Foraging

Saturday April 29, 2017

Spend a day in the fresh, springtime forest near Trout Lake, WA and participate…


Spring Mushroom Foraging

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017

Spend a day in the fresh, springtime forest near Trout Lake, WA and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms. We will come across a variety of mushrooms and plants, all beautiful, unique, and with something to teach us about the role they play within our ecology.We will be hoping to find the elusive Morel and the well-hidden spring Porcini, as these are the prized edible mushrooms of the springtime forest. This workshop will cover the basics of mushroom identification, proper foraging technique, and how to prepare and preserve your mushrooms. While our goal will be to harvest the lovely Morel and Porcini, it truly is a hunt, and, depending on abundance, students will leave with equal shares of the day’s bounty.

This workshop is ideal for folks who like to be outside, and are capable of hiking for hours at a time. We will be hiking, rain or shine. A detailed packing list, and info about our foraging location will be provided 1 week prior to the trip.

Women’s Rockhounding Camp & Ramble Coastal Edition

Saturday August 12, 2017

The Northern Oregon Coast is famed for it’s beach agates and sea-tumbled gems.…


Women’s Rockhounding Camp & Ramble Coastal Edition

Date: Saturday August 12, 2017 - Sunday August 13, 2017

The Northern Oregon Coast is famed for it’s beach agates and sea-tumbled gems. It is less famous for it’s fossil beds which dot the northern coast range. Join us as we ramble through the coastal rainforest and its rivers digging for fossil sea-creatures from an ocean world long-gone and comb the beaches for colorful agates and jaspers. We’ll discuss the geology of the Northwest Coast and learn to identify treasure-bearing sites.  Each evening we’ll camp together, examining our bounty from the day over shared meals under the late summer sky. We’ll discuss the processes that heave the land upwards, exposing the treasures of geologic time, and how to identify these treasure-bearing sites and minerals within. Throughout our adventure, we’ll discuss the potential uses for our new collections and exciting places to go hunting once our journey together ends.

 Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided on Saturday & Sunday. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, including extreme heat, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking in desert conditions, and camping in unimproved wilderness areas. There will be no bathrooms or showers on this trip. A detailed itineray and packing list will be provided prior to the trip.

Women’s Rockhounding Camp & Ramble Desert Edition

Saturday June 24, 2017

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful volcanic rocks and…


Women’s Rockhounding Camp & Ramble Desert Edition

Date: Saturday June 24, 2017 - Sunday June 25, 2017

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful volcanic rocks and minerals on the continent, with a smattering of ancient tropical clays and fossil creatures from an ocean long gone. Join us as the summer kicks off for a women’s collecting retreat through the ancient and life-giving geology of the Pacific Northwest. On our expedition we’ll visit collecting sites bearing agates, jaspers, thundereggs, obsidians, and, if lucky, some fossils. Each evening we’ll camp together, examining our bounty from the day, over shared meals under the late spring sky. We’ll discuss the processes that heave the land upwards, exposing the treasures of geologic time, and how to identify the treasure-bearing sites and minerals within.

 Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided on Saturday & Sunday. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, including extreme heat, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking in desert conditions, and camping in unimproved wilderness areas. There will be no bathrooms or showers on this trip. A detailed itineray and packing list will be provided prior to the trip.