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Wild Plant Basics
Craft, Cooking, Medicine

Learn wilderness survival skills while training with the experts of Trackers Earth. Experienced instructors guide you through hands-on activities in outdoor lore and ancient skills. Learn how to identify plants and discover their uses as medicine and food. This course helps you develop safety in the out of doors and a deeper connection with the natural world.

What We Teach

In most places, you are surrounded by countless species of plants and trees, many of which have edible and medicinal qualities. During this class, we will learn about the plants all around us and explore some of the delicious local flora of the Pacific Northwest! This class is a great starting point for a lifelong study of plants.


This class takes place at our private wilderness sanctuary—an exclusive location that allows us to engage in hands-on foraging activities.

Specialist Guide - Deb Scrivens

Deb grew up enjoying outdoor adventures in different corners of the U.S and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest when she was 17. She has worked in the woods and as a naturalist for decades, in forestry, fisheries, and as a fire lookout.

With Metro she helped to establish Portland’s regional park system and outdoor education program, focused on animal tracking, botany, wild salmon and ancient forests. She travels widely, and has enjoyed spelunking, mountaineering, kayaking and scuba diving, and raising food on a small farm in Hawaii.

Deb and her husband Rick live on the Sandy River with their two cats and spend much time landscaping for a changing climate. She loves to learn about the natural world and share that experience with others.

Interested in a long-term program? Check out our 8-month Wilderness Survival Immersion! From September to April, intensively train in a learning community during montly weekend overnights.