Expeditions

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…


Coastal Dye Plants & Campout

Saturday July 15, 2017

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


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…


Huckleberry, Cedar & Sweetgrass: Weave & Harvest

Saturday August 05, 2017

Have you ever wanted to know what berries are edible when your hiking…


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.…


Hot Spring Rockhounding Ramble: Yosemite to Death Valley

Friday September 08, 2017

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


Coastal Mushroom Forage

Saturday September 23, 2017

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


Fall Mushroom Forage

Saturday October 14, 2017

The forest floor comes alive in the fall, come experience a day…


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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring Mushroom Foraging

Sunday April 30, 2017

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


Spring Mushroom Foraging

Date: Sunday April 30, 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.