Native GRASS Workshops

 Learn how to identify native grasses!

Learn how to identify common grasses of the Flagstaff area. Participants will learn basic grass morphology (the parts of a grass plant) as well as helpful field marks to quickly identify each species. We will briefly discuss the role of each grass in the ecosystem, its preferred habitat whether understory or open, the significance of cool- and warm-season grasses, and the difference between natives, native invasives, and non-natives.


Workshop #1:

Common Grasses of the Pinyon-Juniper Community – Kristin Olmon
Evening program at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco:
7 pm, Tuesday, August 19

Field workshop, Old Caves Crater: 9am-11am Sunday, August 24


Workshop #2:

Common Grasses of the Ponderosa Pine Community – Susan Lamb Bean
Evening program at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco:
7 pm, Tuesday, September 16
Field workshop, Arboretum at Flagstaff 9am-11am Saturday, September 20


Attendance at the evening programs does not require registration.

Register to attend either or both field workshops on or after August 1st by calling The Arboretum at (928)774-1442 ext.110.

Spaces are limited to 20 per workshop.





Native Herb festival

 All about herbs!

Learn from the experts about growing native herbs, herb crafts, and the magical medicinal properties of herbs. Organic herbs for sale plus live entertainment, vendors, food and beer!


Sunday, June 29th

  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • $18 members; $25 non-members




PDF Schedule of Classes (for class details see below)


Classes include:

Wild Plant Walk
Feather Jones, Clinical Herbalist
Come experience the flavors and aromas of our local plant allies. 
Discover how easily you can bring herbs into your everyday life as
wild foods and medicines.  Bring a camera, water and notebook and be
prepared to enjoy the time meeting your botanical neighbors.

High Desert Plants - Jewels of the Southwest
Feather Jones, Clinical Herbalist
This class emphasizes the high desert plants of northern Arizona off the Mogollon Rim, southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Feather's talk will focus on the drought deciduous, drought evading and drought resisting plants. A desert materia medica includes preparation methods, plant survival techniques, specific indications, flower essences, cautions, possible contraindications and formula synergy as well as the ethnobotany, patient practice and personal usage.

Pine Resin Salve Workshop
Mike Masek, Community Herbalist
This workshop is a hands-on learning experience showing how to harvest resin from the tree and turn it into a useful and wonderfully aromatic skin salve.  Background information will be shared on the role of resins in the plant world and how this relates to herbal medicine.

Yucca Fiber Cordage Workshop
Mike Masek, Community Herbalist
This is a hands-on workshop in which each person will process yucca leaves into useable cordage. This is an active workshop; your hands will get wet and dirty. Background information will be shared to put this skill into the context of our ancestors and how it relates to the modern world.

Allison Howard, Acupuncturist
A new approach to medicinal herbs:  How we can use ancient Chinese principles of herbology to more fully understand the herbs in our own backyard.  Explore the qualities of taste, temperature and energetics to determine what local herbs to use to help you stay healthy and balanced.

Phyllis Hogan, Winter Sun Trading proprietor & Herbalist
Sacred Plants and Secret Places of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is one of the most compelling landscapes on earth. In the Grand Canyon we have the opportunity to observe a unique mingling of species from 3 of the 4 northern American deserts, containing more than 1,700 plants--nearly one half of Arizona’s Flora. This multi sensory presentation will take the participants on a visual odyssey that most people viewing the canyon from the rims have never had the opportunity to experience.

Walking in Changing Woman's Garden
The Navajo / Dine´ Approach to Herbology
Presented by Phyllis Hogan
Executive Director - Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association
The cultural voice of the traditional Dine´ herbalist echoes the wisdom of Asdzåå Nadleehe, the Ever Changing Woman. The ceremonies take years to learn and the herbalist is usually an apprentice of the prestigious Hatalii or singer who performs both healing and preventative ceremonies. Learn about the plant repertoire of the Navajo herbalist that have been perpetuated through oral tradition for hundreds of years.

Make your own incense
Anna-Marija Helt, PhD, Herbalist
Osadha Herbal Wellness
Aromatic plants have been used for millennia for meditation, worship, ritual and health. We’ll get into the history of aromatic plant usage and you’ll learn how to make your own incense using plants of the Southwest (and maybe a few of their friends from elsewhere...).

Kitchen Witchery
Anna-Marija Helt, PhD, Herbalist
Osadha Herbal Wellness
Learn medicinal and culinary uses, folklore and magical uses of some easy-to-grow garden herbs. You may have met these plants before, but not like this!

Please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 127 for more information