Edible & Medicinal Seaweeds of California:
Weekend Workshop and Field Exploration
Spring Session--Mendocino County (2019)
As spring unfolds along the California coast and the days grow long it is not only the terrestrial landscape that bursts forth in a verdant display of color, at this time of year our often overlooked/under-appreciated "sea-vegetables" are ALSO on the rise! There are some 750 SPECIES (give or take) of marine algae (seaweed) found flourishing along our expansive coastline...making this area one of the most diverse seaweed habitats on the planet! Given this, it is no surprise that many feel a bit overwhelmed and intimidated when approaching the field of phycology (study of algae). Join us as we make sense of this vast oceanic realm while exploring the diverse array of edible/medicinal seaweeds found at their prime during the spring season on the Northern California coast. This interdisciplinary program will engage students on all levels through a combination of classroom lecture, field exploration, and hands-on activities.
Topics/activities include: seaweed ecology/intertidal communities, seaweed identification (in the classroom and in the field), edible/medicinal uses (both historic and contemporary), legal/ethical harvesting guidelines, safety issues/seaweed toxicolgy, coastal terrestrial plant community exploration (with a focus on the edible & medicinal flora), coverage of recent taxonomic/nomenclature changes, sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal seaweeds and preparations, harvesting/processing/cooking/preservation activities, and more!
Date/Time: May 25-26 (2018) 10am-6pm
Pre-registration discount before April 28 deadline:
$160 (includes materials fee).
After April 28 deadline: $185
Location: Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies. Ukiah, CA.
The class will take place on a stunning 80 acre oak woodland property located approximately 8 miles SW of Ukiah, CA (2 hours north of SF/Berkeley). Overnight camping is optional (at no extra cost).
If you plan to camp things that are necessary are: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Food/Snacks (class fee does not include meals), Camping Chair, Camping Pad, Flashlight.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner
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Gear you'll need for our field studies:
Warm Clothes (wool/synthetic fibers), Rain Gear, Tennis Shoes (that you don't mind getting soaked), Hat/Sunscreen, Daypack, Water Bottles (2 quart capacity), Collecting Bucket/Plastic Bags, Knife/Scissors, Cooler w/ice.
Optional (yet recommended): Notebook, Camera, Hand Lens.
Optional Part 2: Wetsuit, Booties, Kayak, Life-Vest, Plastic Tarp.
Anyone wanting to harvest/take home their own seaweed (hopefully everyone!) will need to obtain a CA state fishing license PRIOR to the start of class (details about this will be provided upon registration).
*Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Detailed directions and other more specific class info (including carpool networking) will be emailed out to the registered/paid students by May 15. No refunds will be issued after April 21.