What we're about

Hi, plant lovers! My name is Missy Rohs, and, together with Gradey Proctor, I run the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies. We offer classes in medicine making, botanical identification, native ecosystems, herbal remedies, wildcrafting, urban foraging, mushroom hunting, and more. We have a strong emphasis on sustainability and a passion for social justice that informs our work.

Join this group to not just hear about our upcoming classes, from free neighborhood walks to eight-month immersion programs, but also to learn about other herbalism-related offerings in the Portland area!

Upcoming events (2)

Late Season Wild Mushrooms: Forage in the Forest

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Have you caught mushroom hunting fever? Learn more on this fungal foray! Join Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School for an in-depth exploration of mushroom hunting in the Pacific Northwest. This outing is timed to land us between the mushroom seasons — catching the end of the fall season with lobsters and chanterelles as well as the beginning of winter mushrooms with some choice edibles like hedgehogs. We’ll venture into the forest to cover fungal identification, safety concerns when foraging, and how to find delicious mushrooms, all with sustainability and environmental ethics in mind. The role that fungi play in the forest ecosystem will be highlighted, and of course we’ll talk all about how to prepare your edible treasures in the most delicious ways possible. We’ll roam the woods together looking for delectable mushrooms to take home, and with luck, our baskets will get filled! You’ll go home with your fungal finds, a special mushroom gift, and informative handouts to help you continue your learning process on your future mushroom forays. Mushroom novices are welcome, as are folks who have foraged before! This class will happen rain or shine. Carpool will meet in SE Portland. Cost is $90, sliding scale available. Registration required on the Arctos School website: https://arctosschool.org/new-events

Medicinal Roots: Free Mini-Class!

9000 SE Division St

Join Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School for a free class exploring the underground world of the plant, the root! As we move towards winter, perennial plants send their energy into the earth, creating the opportunity for us to dig and divide plants — as well as harvest medicine. We will explore a half dozen medicinal plants by going through their medicinal uses, different ways of making root medicine, the botany of underground structures, and most importantly, how to do all this while keeping our plants thriving. This free class is taught at Portland Nursery at 9000 SE Division. Register directly with Portland Nursery: https://portlandnursery.com/events/current-classes/

Past events (33)

Aromatic Herbs for Winter Wellness: Free Mini-Class!

Portland Nursery

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