Current Classes

JUNIOR HERBALIST CLASS – Monday, May 22nd, 3:00-4:30 pm
(featuring Mint, Chives, Lavender, and Mullein)
In this class, children (ages 8-12), will hear amazing stories from history and experience first-hand the joys of Mint, Chives, Lavender, and Mullein  Enjoy mint ice cubes in a lime-mint drink, take a sampling, or division, from an existing chives or wild garlic plant for potting, select from a variety of lavender crafts (lavender bath powder, bath salts, lavender oil, or lavender and oatmeal bath bag) and complete it to take home, feel a soft mullein leaf to understand why it serves as nature’s toilet paper.. This class can be taken alone or as part of a 4-class series leading to a Junior Herbalist Certificate. Cost: $15.00



JUNIOR HERBALIST CLASS – Monday, June 5th, 3:00-4:30 pm
(featuring the Dandelion, Garlic, Parsley, and Blue Agave)
In this class, children (ages 8-12) will discover the benefits of dandelions, garlic, parsley and blue agave and have the opportunity to feed a friendly rabbit their favorite garden herbs. Learn about drying herbs, creating herbal oils, and making salves.  Each participant will take home their own Comfrey herbal salve.  This class can be taken alone or as part of a 4-class series leading to a Junior Herbalist Certificate. Cost: $15.00



JUNIOR HERBALIST CLASS – Monday, June 12th, 3:00-4:30 pm
(featuring a review of 12 classic herbs and a few more surprises)
In this class, children (ages 8-12) will review through stories, games, and activities the 12 herbs of the Junior Herbalist program and receive their Junior Herbalist Certificate.  This class is only for those who have participated in the complete 4-class series leading to the Junior Herbalist Certificate. Cost: $15.0




CLASSES BELOW NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED:

TREE IDENTIFICATION WALK – October 4th, 4:00-5:00 pm

(The Trees of Applegate Drive)

It’s autumn, or fall, that special time of year when the trees remind us of their strength, beauty, resilience, and life-sustaining value.  It is a terrific time to learn more about trees!

Join me for a walk along Applegate Drive in Sterling, Virginia to identify the Oaks, the Ash, the Maple, the Virginia Dogwood, the Redbud, the Tulip Tree, and more.

We’ll look at tree characteristics such as bark, leaves, and unique tree shapes.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Meetup Location: TBA
What to Bring: A small notepad or sketch book and pencil
It’s Free & Fun!!  But Please RSVP: 313-565-6410 (Donna)

HERBAL OILS AND SALVES – An Introduction
If you are a well-behaved 6 – 12 year-old (or older and very interested), you are invited to my herbal oils and salves class.  I’m going to teach my own children how to make herbal oils with Comfrey, Rosemary and Tarragon, and it would be fun to have your company! Then, we will make a Comfrey salve out of the Comfrey oil!

Day/Date/Time: TBA
Location: Sterling, Virginia / TBA with RSVP to Donna at 571-313-1650
Herbally infused oils have been used for hundreds of years.  They can be enjoyed for body, bath, and massage, cosmetics and cooking!  AND, they can be used as a base to make a variety of medicinal salves.

ANCIENT TRADE ROUTES AND THE NATURAL REMEDIES OF ARABIA
If you are a well-behaved 8 – 14 year-old (or older and very interested), you are invited to my Ancient Trade Routes class featuring the Natural Remedies of Arabia.  I’m going to teach my own children about some interesting herbs and spices that traveled along ancient trade routes and some unique ways that these herbs and spices were used for health and healing in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.  It would be fun to have your company!

Day/Date/Time: TBA
Location: Sterling, Virginia / TBA with RSVP to Donna at 571-313-1650

Additional details: herbaleducator@yahoo.com

TREES OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL – Webinar
This webinar will help you to recognize and enjoy some of the wonderful trees you encounter as you hike along the Appalachian Trail.  Join me – it’s FREE!

Click HERE to view replay.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL 101 – Webinar
Let’s take an educational hike together along the Appalachian Trail. Learn how the trail began, which states it runs through, the historical sites surrounding it, and how you can enjoy this valuable national treasure.  All hikers welcome!

Click HERE to view replay
Access PDF slides at  Appalachian Trail 101pdf

NOTE: Just one correction… In my presentation, I said that the AT winds through 15 states. It’s actually 14. Sorry about that! I did correctly name them all but just made that little typo. Thank you for your understanding!

Herbs of the Abraham Lincoln Family – TBA
Herbs of the Abraham Lincoln Family will be presented by historical herbalist and author, Donna Pepperdine Evans. Donna is the organizer of the Meetup Historical Herbs and Essential Oils in Northern Virginia. Her presentations are relaxed and interesting – great for the entire family. We hope you enjoy this presentation honoring President Lincoln!

JUNIOR HERBALIST CLASS #1 – TBA
(featuring the Largest Herb in the World, Chamomile, Arugula, and Basil)
In this class, children (ages 8-12) will define herbs versus spices, take an herb walk, identify chamomile, arugula, basil, and mint, complete a chamomile craft (bath tea), play herbal games, prepare an herb tea, and more. This class can be taken alone or as part of a 4-class series leading to a Junior Herbalist Certificate. Cost: $15.0