OSHR 1875 - Spring Flowers of the Foothills: the Edible, the Poisonous, and the Merely Beautiful

  • Noncredit
  • Loveland

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Earth...the Green Planet. How can we truly appreciate the beauty and complexity of our home without knowing plants, our life support system? Our focus will be edible (and poisonous) plants of the spring flora of the foothills of the Front Range; but we will also come to appreciate plants as a feature of patterns of local ecosystems and as a fundamental force in the evolution of the biosphere…and hence of ourselves.

We are what we eat, of course. But more important, we are what we have eaten. Our final session will involve gathering local edibles for a celebration picnic (supplemented as useful by the fruits of earlier harvests - by ourselves and others!).

Note: Saturday, May 16 class session will be from ; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Readings: Participants are urged to browse the selections at local book or outdoor stores and then choose the one that feels right.

Harrington, H. D., and Y. Matamura. 1967. Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. ISBN: 978-0826303431.

Benedict, A. D. The Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Rockies. Fulcrum Publishers, Golden CO. ISBN: 978-1-55591-535-3

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.