Rocky Mountain Field Botany Course Certificate

| Course Cancelled For 2020

ABOUT THE COURSE | 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.


  • 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 the general public)
  • Books and materials $200 (subject to cost change and non-refundable)
  • Application Fee $50


High School diploma or equivalent. | RMFB Syllabus 2020


  • 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 and medicine-making techniques 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 Hours

Instructor | Joshua Paquette, CH

Joshua Paquette is a botanist who enjoys sharing his love of plants, ecology, and the natural world. Of particular interest to him is how our personal stories transform when we intersect with the wider ecosystems that surround us. He finds that engagement with natural landscapes coupled with in-depth observation and wonder brings a sense of engagement and joy to people’s lives, and he aspires to share that sense of place with his community.

Joshua holds a certification in herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism (NAIMH), as well as from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He began his formal study of the natural world in 2005 at the University of Maine, Orono where he was introduced to the craft of environmental education. Since then he has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding botanists and herbalists in the field. His time with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon has enlivened his passion for botany, ecology, and wildcrafting ethics. His studies with Paul Bergner at The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado revealed the powers of Vitalism as a therapeutic approach to healing as well as a way of living—namely, that our body’s innate intelligence does much of work, one has only to encourage the flames a bit and step out of the way (which is sometimes more challenging than it sounds).

Joshua teaches workshops on field botany, wildcrafting ethics, herbalism, myth, and story. Joshua is a core faculty member at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Lafayette, Colorado, where he teaches botany, nutrition, herbalism, and natural therapeutics.

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