Go Wild Institute weaves science, myth, and spirit to awaken our nature and foster wonder and balance within the great web of life. We rekindle an innate sense of belonging to the natural world. We specialize in fun experiential educational programs that delve into Earth Wisdom, Ethnobotany and Deep Ecology for people of all ages and walks of life. We also offer botanical and forestry consulting services. Our current offerings are:
Botany For Herbalists (Online):
With Ethnobotanist Jolie Elan and Herbalist Matthew Wood
This fun online class will provide herbalists (and all plant lovers) with fundamental botanical knowledge to help us change the way we relate to plants. We will learn how to identify plants, how plants have sex, major plant families, how plants relate with their environment, and fascinating research on plant intelligence. For more information click here
Wild Woman: Your Nature is Calling
A five-month program for women to connect to nature, build a wild sisterhood, and (re)source from Mother Earth. For more information click here
Nature & Earth Wisdom Classes
Go Wild leads a variety of wild foods, ethnobotany, botany, nature and eco-Jewish classes for children and adults throughout the west coast. Our clients include the Point Reyes Field Institute, Siskiyou School, Jackson WellSprings, Temple Emek Shalom, Oakland Zoo, Berkeley Public Library, Hidden Villa Ranch, Cleveland Elementary School, The Ohlone Herbal Center, SFSU Sierra Nevada Field camps and Wilderness Torah. See Environmental Education for more info and also check out our Class Schedule
Wisdom of the Oak – Oak ecology and Acorn Food Workshops
Join Go Wild for an ecological and culinary adventure into the world of oaks and acorn food – the original California cuisine. A presentation on Oaks, Humans and the Web of Life on is followed by a hands-on playshop to handcraft our own acorn flour. Our efforts are rewarded with a tasting of acorn food. This workshop can be tailored for ages 6 to 106. Learn more…
Check out our new video on The Wisdom of the Oak Program
Oak Ceremony and Celebration
Come co-create a ceremony of gratitude and healing for our oaks. Celebrate the beauty, biodiversity, and ancient wisdom of California oak lands while enjoying a beautiful day on Mount Tam. Find inspiration and wonder within the great web of life. Join us for the Annual Ceremony for the Oaks on Mount Tam.
Ethnobotanical Surveys and Guides
Go Wild has conducted ethnobotanical surveys and produced guides highlighting the medicinal, edible and cultural uses of wild plants for the USDA Forest Service, Watershed Research and Training Center, Portal Timber Company, Kosovo Business Support, and private clients. If you steward a piece of ground – it could be your backyard or a land trust you manage – we can familiarize you with your local plants, their uses, and stories to help you foster a deeper connection to nature. For more information see Ethnobotanical Surveys
Botanical Surveys throughout the Western United States
The Go Wild team has conducted floristic, ethnobotanical, rare plant and invasive species surveys in California, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada. We have worked in 16 counties in California including the Central Coast, Northwestern California, Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin regions.
Ethnobotany in Kosovo
Kosovo has a rich history of herbal medicine. Many of the market linkages and knowledge were lost due to the conflict in Yugoslavia. In 2003, Go Wild worked to revitalize and expand the herbal industry in Kosovo. We provided botanical expertise, published guides to medicinal plants of the area and organized the producers and processors of medicinal plants in the region.
Controlling Invasive Plants in the San Francisco Bay Area
Go Wild verified invasive plant populations suitable for early detection and rapid response for The Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN).
Forest Carbon Projects
Go Wild worked with East West Foresty to develop three Forest Carbon Projects for the City of Arcata creating verifiable carbon offsets in exchange for forest conservation. These offset credits will be registered at the Climate Action Reserve.
Restoring Sacred Groves in India
Go Wild worked to restore Sacred Groves in India, which are repositories of forest biodiversity and important medicinal plant populations
Environmental Advocacy to Protect Threatened Salmon and Cultures
As a Strategist for Panta Rhea Foundation we helped Klamath Tribes of Northern California successfully gain stockholder support and strengthen their position in settlement negotiations to restore salmon runs threatened by Pacificorp dams. Go Wild acted as a liaison between environmentalists, Native Americans, funders and social business networks.
Sustainable Forestry in Ghana
Co-authored the “Preliminary Management Plan for the Sustainable Development of the Ankasaho Forest Resource Management Area in Western Ghana” that highlighted conservation strategies and development of medicinal and aromatic plants.
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