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The Desert Awareness Committee is partnering with Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to present an informative and exciting ethnobotany workshop on Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 11 AM to 3 PM at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. 

Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people.

During this 4-hour workshop, you will learn about the ethnobotany practiced by early people of the Sonoran region and about the wildlife living among the desert flora. We will take you on a tour to explore the medicinal and edible plants that grow locally. This hands-on program features plant uses from a pharmacological perspective and traditional uses for healing, wellness and food. You will harvest several plants and prepare edibles, a poultice, a tincture and two ointments to take home. You will also tour the wildlife sanctuary and learn the many ways in which desert plants and wildlife interact with each other to survive. Materials and lunch will be provided.

Join us for this compelling workshop surrounded by the beautiful Sonoran desert and teeming wildlife. Enjoy the outdoors while learning practical ancient skills.

To register for the workshop or for additional information, call 480-471-3621 or visit www.southwestwildlife.org.

The Desert Awareness Committee education team has been presenting workshops and seminars on desert edibles and foods since 1994. The Desert Awareness Committee is a program of the Foothills Community Foundation and is a resource bureau and advocate for the Sonoran Desert. It is dedicated to educating people of all ages about the fragile desert ecology and the importance of conservation. It has been serving the Foothills region since 1974 and hopes to expand its outreach to greater Maricopa County and counties statewide. It also maintains the Desert Awareness Park in Cave Creek, an open-air classroom for visitors interested in learning more about desert life and land. For more information about Desert Awareness, go to Find us at our www.azfcf.org/about-desert-awareness