Classes

The Resiliency Institute offers courses, classes and events that empower people to live, grow, and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities. Take courses like Permaculture Forest Gardener, Bioregional Herbalism, and Edible Wild Plants. Join us for Nature Rx with Shinrin-yoku/Forest Therapy, and Forest Yoga. Women can connect monthly during WILD Woman Project Circles. Find us throughout the Chicagoland area speaking and exhibiting about fruit tree guilds, permaculture, growing food security, renewable energy, and resiliency. Enjoy opportunities to connect at our plant sales, Permablitzs, potlucks, fundraisers and more.

Sep
15
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

New START DATE – MARCH 17th

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Sunday a month March – November 2019.

Bioregional Herbalism Course Stinging NettlesBioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Sunday class, discover several plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and make 1-2 herbal preparations. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Our Bioregional Herbalism Course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

Class size is limited to 15 students


ellyn-schmitz

Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.


DATES & TIMES: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED 12/2019!

2019 Course FULL & Closed

Bioregional Herbalism will meet 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Sundays:

March 17    April 28     May 19     June 16    July 21     Aug 18     Sep 15     Oct  13    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE: includes all materials and supplies

$865 check / $895 PayPal

 

Sep
21
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

There are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for herbal studies
  • Leading plant walks


COURSE DETAILS
During the edible wild plants certificate course you will learn 20-25 plants every class using live or dried specimens, photos, and drawings. By the end of the course you will have learned how to identify 200+ plants.

Every morning you will take a plant identification exam of the 20-25 plants that you learned the class prior. When the exam time has ended, Pat (your instructor) will review the test, let you know the answers, and host Q&A time.

Lunch time will always include wild edible foods and beverages prepared by the instructor and students. Each student is expected to prepare one recipe a season and to present their recipe at lunch time.

After lunch, a guided plant identification walk will be taken, rain or shine, where you can practice finding the plants you just learned in the classroom in the wild. Students who presented recipes will identify their plant on the walk and teach fellow students about it. Always dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of shoes!

LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS

Basic plant identification skills are required to take this class.

A short quiz must be taken to determine plant id proficiency or participants can provide documentation of a plant id class or other evidence of knowledge.


COURSE MEETS 1 DAY PER MONTH FOR 10 MONTHS

February 16      March 16        April 13      May 18      June 15     July 20   

August 17         September 21     October 19      November 16  Graduation December 7

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE:

Early Bird    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

Regular        $770 check  / $800 PayPal
October 15 – December 30

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Devote this time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible.


COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

Students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

  • It is important that you have plant identification skills prior to taking this course. This means you know plant families, understand terminology, and have experience using a field guide.
  • Only one class can be missed, and the missed exam made-up in order to qualify for a certificate. Make-up classes are not offered.
  • There are nine plant id exams for you to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully. You can use your notes and books during the exam.
  • Each student will prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • Present four oral reports and turn in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


In December an edible wild plant graduation & potluck celebration will be hosted. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed edible wild plants certificate. Family and friends are invited to attend.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 One wild edible cookbook. Pat’s is included with registration:


WORK STUDY

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate’s course fee will be reduced to $400. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates (typically the Friday’s prior to class) to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By November 1st, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.

 

Oct
13
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

New START DATE – MARCH 17th

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Sunday a month March – November 2019.

Bioregional Herbalism Course Stinging NettlesBioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Sunday class, discover several plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and make 1-2 herbal preparations. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Our Bioregional Herbalism Course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

Class size is limited to 15 students


ellyn-schmitz

Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.


DATES & TIMES: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED 12/2019!

2019 Course FULL & Closed

Bioregional Herbalism will meet 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Sundays:

March 17    April 28     May 19     June 16    July 21     Aug 18     Sep 15     Oct  13    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE: includes all materials and supplies

$865 check / $895 PayPal

 

Oct
19
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

There are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for herbal studies
  • Leading plant walks


COURSE DETAILS
During the edible wild plants certificate course you will learn 20-25 plants every class using live or dried specimens, photos, and drawings. By the end of the course you will have learned how to identify 200+ plants.

Every morning you will take a plant identification exam of the 20-25 plants that you learned the class prior. When the exam time has ended, Pat (your instructor) will review the test, let you know the answers, and host Q&A time.

Lunch time will always include wild edible foods and beverages prepared by the instructor and students. Each student is expected to prepare one recipe a season and to present their recipe at lunch time.

After lunch, a guided plant identification walk will be taken, rain or shine, where you can practice finding the plants you just learned in the classroom in the wild. Students who presented recipes will identify their plant on the walk and teach fellow students about it. Always dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of shoes!

LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS

Basic plant identification skills are required to take this class.

A short quiz must be taken to determine plant id proficiency or participants can provide documentation of a plant id class or other evidence of knowledge.


COURSE MEETS 1 DAY PER MONTH FOR 10 MONTHS

February 16      March 16        April 13      May 18      June 15     July 20   

August 17         September 21     October 19      November 16  Graduation December 7

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE:

Early Bird    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

Regular        $770 check  / $800 PayPal
October 15 – December 30

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Devote this time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible.


COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

Students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

  • It is important that you have plant identification skills prior to taking this course. This means you know plant families, understand terminology, and have experience using a field guide.
  • Only one class can be missed, and the missed exam made-up in order to qualify for a certificate. Make-up classes are not offered.
  • There are nine plant id exams for you to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully. You can use your notes and books during the exam.
  • Each student will prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • Present four oral reports and turn in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


In December an edible wild plant graduation & potluck celebration will be hosted. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed edible wild plants certificate. Family and friends are invited to attend.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 One wild edible cookbook. Pat’s is included with registration:


WORK STUDY

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate’s course fee will be reduced to $400. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates (typically the Friday’s prior to class) to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By November 1st, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.

 

Nov
3
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

New START DATE – MARCH 17th

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Sunday a month March – November 2019.

Bioregional Herbalism Course Stinging NettlesBioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Sunday class, discover several plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and make 1-2 herbal preparations. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Our Bioregional Herbalism Course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

Class size is limited to 15 students


ellyn-schmitz

Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.


DATES & TIMES: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED 12/2019!

2019 Course FULL & Closed

Bioregional Herbalism will meet 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Sundays:

March 17    April 28     May 19     June 16    July 21     Aug 18     Sep 15     Oct  13    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE: includes all materials and supplies

$865 check / $895 PayPal

 

Nov
16
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

There are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for herbal studies
  • Leading plant walks


COURSE DETAILS
During the edible wild plants certificate course you will learn 20-25 plants every class using live or dried specimens, photos, and drawings. By the end of the course you will have learned how to identify 200+ plants.

Every morning you will take a plant identification exam of the 20-25 plants that you learned the class prior. When the exam time has ended, Pat (your instructor) will review the test, let you know the answers, and host Q&A time.

Lunch time will always include wild edible foods and beverages prepared by the instructor and students. Each student is expected to prepare one recipe a season and to present their recipe at lunch time.

After lunch, a guided plant identification walk will be taken, rain or shine, where you can practice finding the plants you just learned in the classroom in the wild. Students who presented recipes will identify their plant on the walk and teach fellow students about it. Always dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of shoes!

LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS

Basic plant identification skills are required to take this class.

A short quiz must be taken to determine plant id proficiency or participants can provide documentation of a plant id class or other evidence of knowledge.


COURSE MEETS 1 DAY PER MONTH FOR 10 MONTHS

February 16      March 16        April 13      May 18      June 15     July 20   

August 17         September 21     October 19      November 16  Graduation December 7

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE:

Early Bird    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

Regular        $770 check  / $800 PayPal
October 15 – December 30

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Devote this time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible.


COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

Students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

  • It is important that you have plant identification skills prior to taking this course. This means you know plant families, understand terminology, and have experience using a field guide.
  • Only one class can be missed, and the missed exam made-up in order to qualify for a certificate. Make-up classes are not offered.
  • There are nine plant id exams for you to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully. You can use your notes and books during the exam.
  • Each student will prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • Present four oral reports and turn in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


In December an edible wild plant graduation & potluck celebration will be hosted. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed edible wild plants certificate. Family and friends are invited to attend.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 One wild edible cookbook. Pat’s is included with registration:


WORK STUDY

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate’s course fee will be reduced to $400. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates (typically the Friday’s prior to class) to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By November 1st, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.

 

Dec
7
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

There are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for herbal studies
  • Leading plant walks


COURSE DETAILS
During the edible wild plants certificate course you will learn 20-25 plants every class using live or dried specimens, photos, and drawings. By the end of the course you will have learned how to identify 200+ plants.

Every morning you will take a plant identification exam of the 20-25 plants that you learned the class prior. When the exam time has ended, Pat (your instructor) will review the test, let you know the answers, and host Q&A time.

Lunch time will always include wild edible foods and beverages prepared by the instructor and students. Each student is expected to prepare one recipe a season and to present their recipe at lunch time.

After lunch, a guided plant identification walk will be taken, rain or shine, where you can practice finding the plants you just learned in the classroom in the wild. Students who presented recipes will identify their plant on the walk and teach fellow students about it. Always dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of shoes!

LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS

Basic plant identification skills are required to take this class.

A short quiz must be taken to determine plant id proficiency or participants can provide documentation of a plant id class or other evidence of knowledge.


COURSE MEETS 1 DAY PER MONTH FOR 10 MONTHS

February 16      March 16        April 13      May 18      June 15     July 20   

August 17         September 21     October 19      November 16  Graduation December 7

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE:

Early Bird    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

Regular        $770 check  / $800 PayPal
October 15 – December 30

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Devote this time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible.


COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

Students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

  • It is important that you have plant identification skills prior to taking this course. This means you know plant families, understand terminology, and have experience using a field guide.
  • Only one class can be missed, and the missed exam made-up in order to qualify for a certificate. Make-up classes are not offered.
  • There are nine plant id exams for you to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully. You can use your notes and books during the exam.
  • Each student will prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • Present four oral reports and turn in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


In December an edible wild plant graduation & potluck celebration will be hosted. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed edible wild plants certificate. Family and friends are invited to attend.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 One wild edible cookbook. Pat’s is included with registration:


WORK STUDY

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate’s course fee will be reduced to $400. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates (typically the Friday’s prior to class) to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By November 1st, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.