Rocky Mountain Field Botany Certificate Course — Enrolling Now!

Enrolling Now for 2019

Come join our Rocky Mountain Field Botany Certificate Course.

Space is limited, be sure to sign up early!

Start Date: May 17, 2019


The Rocky Mountain Field Botany course is designed to provide a thorough introduction to field botany, positive plant identification, wild-crafting ethics, and sustainable harvesting and preservation techniques for the beginning to intermediate student. The main focus is on hands-on experience, along with a variety of lecture formats and labs. This year we will have an additional focus on wild edible plants.

Program Costs

  • Tuition $ 1,000 (for current CSCH students) $ 1,250 (graduates and general public)
    • With a deposit of $ 300 (for current CSCH students) $ 400 (graduates and general public)
  • Books and materials $ 200 (subject to cost change and non-refundable)
  • Application Fee $ 50

Total Cost of Course $ 1,250 (for CSCH students) $ 1,500 (all others)


High School diploma or equivalent.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every week over the course of 6 weeks, with one weekend-long extended field trips. Please see the schedule below and your Course Calendar for dates and times.

    • Friday, May 17th, 9:00 am – 5 pm
    • Friday,  May 24th, 9:00 am – 5 pm
    • Friday, May 31st,  9:00 am – 5 pm
    • Friday, June 14th, 9:00 am – 5 pm
    • Friday, June 21st,  9:00 am – 5 pm
    • Friday, June 28th, 11 am – 5 pm (extended field trip weekend)
      • Saturday, June 29th, 9-5 pm (extended field trip weekend)
    • Sunday, June 30th, 9-3:30 pm (extended field trip weekend)

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Your Instructors

Kat Mackinnon, RH (AHG), CN

Kat is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, as well as a certified Bach essences practitioner through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Kat has her own private practice and teaches classes on field botany, medicine-making, plant connection, herbal first aid, basketry, primitive skills, and many others.

Having studied forestry at Northern Arizona University, the plants, animals, and incredible beauties of the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains are one of the great loves of her life. Between teaching and working, she spends her time wildcrafting and running in the mountains, gardening in the lowlands, and medicine-making in between.

Joshua Paquette, CH

Joshua holds a certification in Advanced Herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, as well as from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He began his study of the natural world in 2005 at the University of Maine, Orono, where he was inspired to the craft of environmental education. Since then he has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding herbalists and botanists in the field. His time with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies has enlivened his passion for plant identification, ecology, and wildcrafting ethics. Joshua finds that immersion into the wild places of the world coupled with in-depth observation often brings a magic, inspiration, and empowerment to people’s lives. Joshua aspires to share that magic with others.

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  • Introduction to botany: terminology and plant anatomy, 3 hours
  • Introduction to the botanical keying method of plant I.D., 3 hours
  • Introduction to plant family characteristics and I.D., 3 hours
  • Botanical dissection lab, 3 hours
  • Keying lab I, 3 hours
  • Wild-crafting ethics and legal considerations, 3 hours
  • Harvesting techniques and medicine-making lab I, 3 hours
  • Keying lab II, 3 hours
  • Harvesting techniques and medicine-making lab II, 3 hours
  • Keying lab III, 3 hours
  • Harvesting techniques and medicine-making lab III, 3 hours
  • Keying lab IV, 3 hours
  • Harvesting techniques and medicine-making lab IV, 3 hours
  • Botanical ecology and plant communities, 3 hours
  • Advanced keying techniques, 3 hours
  • Advanced harvesting techniques, 3 hours
  • Advanced medicine-making methods and practice, 3 hours
  • Collaborative botany exercises, 3 hours
  • Independent study project (keying assignments), 14 hours

Total Certificate Hours: 68

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