Botanical Field Trip #1: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Botanical Field Trip #1
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum in Superior, Arizona – April 22nd - 23rd, 2018

Join us for the "Springtime in the Desert Botanical Field Trip", which includes an herb walk led by Feather Jones at the BoyceThompson Southwestern Arboretum. This trip includes overnight camping

outside Superior, Arizona and mindful wild harvesting in the high desert. The focus will be on materia medica, including ethnobotany, constituents and therapeutic & clinical uses of the desert plants. There may be opportunities to take home a few self-made herbal remedies.

Guest herbalist and survival expert, Peter Bigfoot, will be joining us Sunday night, April 22nd, for a fireside talk.
Back in the 70s, Peter hiked across 85 miles of the Sonoran Desert during one of the hottest, driest seasons then on record. He took no food or water and foraged for all his needs – but at the urging of a friend he did take a camera and tripod. When he returned alive, he gave a slideshow that was reported in the Phoenix newspaper, and after that he was much sought after as a teacher of desert survival.

He eventually bought an old homestead in the desert and created Reevis Mountain School of Self-Sufficiency, and work began to renovate the old farmhouse, put in a garden and orchard, and build shelters.

He now teaches classes in plant study, wilderness survival, natural healing, and homesteading; he also mentors interns, grows food, and makes a line of herbal remedies.

On Monday, we’ll be at the Arboretum, where the cost is $10. per person for admission. This is a magnificent living plant museum and we’ll take an herb walk around the grounds. There are several gardens within the arboretum, and Feather will introduce students to many new plants. Please leave your pets at home.

The tuition for this field trip is $200. Please register online at, click on herbal apprenticeship program to sign up for this field trip. Contact Feather Jones at for more info. Please contact Feather with any questions about this field trip or to reserve a space for the field trip. She may be reached at 303.709.0838.

If you want to pay for this field trip A La Carte, the cost is $200.

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