Join me for the Skyline Tavern Project Natural Workshop Series! Register here.
The Skyline Tavern Project and local ecology expert Mulysa Melco offer this opportunity to learn about Portland’s local plant life
Explore the Skyline Tavern environs nestled above Portland in the Tualatin Mountain Range, aka West Hills. This land, long stewarded by bands of Chinook, has seen many changes over the last 200 years. Learn about the current ecology here in this workshop series that weaves plant identification with experiential learning on the connections between people, plants and place. The series will start with a tree walk walk focused on recognizing common trees from close up and a distance; then a session on flowers, grasses and ferns of the understory; and finally a look at the edible plants, both weedy and native, that can be foraged for food and medicine in our area.
Trees – Wed. June 26, noon to 2pm
This walk in the verdant mid-summer forest will focus on canopy and understory trees. Learn to identify native and introduced deciduous and evergreen trees, a bit about tree ecology and how they communicate with each other and other species and some of the many relationships people have with trees.
Understory Flora – Wed. July 3, noon to 2pm
Get to know the individuals that make up the sea of green. Plant communities in the Pacific Northwest are diverse and learning to recognize plant patterns is a way to help become familiar with the flowers, ferns and grasses below the canopy. This plant walk will check out species that bloom in summer, some of their pollinators and associates, and how plants can tell us a lot about what’s happening in a place.
Edible Wild Plants – Wed. July 10, noon to 2pm
Learn foraging basics of what to eat, when and how. Learn to identify a variety of edible and nutritious weedy species as well as abundant native plants. Discuss wildcrafting ethics and safety. Take home recipes and resources for trying the local flavors! No foraging will take place during the class.
Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for the Portland Underground Graduate School and Rewild Portland. Her business, Resilience Design, plans urban and rural landscapes that help reconnect us with seasonal cycles, a sense of place and encourage land tending.