Program Specifics

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This program typically begins in February and continues through August. Classes are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, each Wednesday, with several extra weekend and overnight classes during the year.

Requirements & Eligibility for the Program

This program has no prerequisites, and everyone is invited to bring an open mind and their excitement to learn. The only outside requirement will be a Washington State Shellfish and Seaweeds License, so that you may harvest seaweeds with the class.


Tuition for the Plant Apprenticeship and Ethnobotany Course is $3,800 for the entire year. This includes in-depth classroom instruction, frequent educational and harvesting field trips, and free attendance to specific day and overnight courses. Due to the nature of this program, Room and Board are not applicable. At this time, we are unable to offer any financial assistance, although we do offer a discount to students who are enrolled in or have already completed the Primitive Living Skills Apprenticeship. Several flexible payment options are available.

Program Structure

The bulk of the program consists of hands-on classroom work, outdoor study and collection field trips, and informative lecture. Students will also be expected to complete homework and guided research on their own.


The Lead Instructor for this program is Karen Sherwood, former head instructor at the Tracker School for fifteen years, and widely respected expert on the flora of the Northwest.

Class Size

This Program is designed to be very small, allowing for the personal mentoring and hands-on experience that the subject matter demands. Class size is limited to 10 students each year.


This program will primarily be conducted in the Earthwalk Northwest classroom, located in Issaquah, WA, and the regular class field trips will leave from there as well.

Visiting Class

Prospective students are always welcome to visit the classroom. Please call us ahead of time so that we can schedule your visit.

Applying to the Program

Download, print, and fill out this General Earthwalk Northwest application, and mail it with a letter explaining your interest in the Plant Apprenticeship and Ethnobotany Program, along with your $500 deposit.