Native Plant Inspirations

Experience the healing power of the forest and explore the world of native plants through touch, smell and taste. Learn how to ethically harvest wild food and medicine plants yourself and make herbal remedies to take home.

Program Overview


Year round


Millard Learning Centre

Recommended Grades

Grades K-12

Curriculum Links

  • First People’s traditional ecological knowledge, sustainable cultivation practices and use of native plants for food and medicine 
  • Applied Plant Science field skills and ecological restoration 
  • Sustainable food systems (Permaculture and Agroforestry) and Climate Change

UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13 – Climate Action
  • 15 – Life on Land

Program Highlights

People-Plant Relationships

Grow an awareness of how you use plants in your daily life and compare and contrast this with others’ experiences. Help care for native plants traditionally used by Coast Salish peoples within the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest by lending a hand with weeding, pruning and seed collection. Learn about traditional Coast Salish uses of plants such as Western Red Cedar, Camas, and Soapberry (X’Pey, speenhw, Sxuesum – Hul’qumi’num) through an interactive search & find game in the Forage Forest.

Forest Bathing

Experience the healing power of nature as we practice sit spots, sound mapping and breathing together. These simple nature-based awareness practices will help you tune into your class’s emotions and soothe daily anxieties. 

Sensory-Based Native Plant Identification

Use your sight, smell, touch and taste senses to identify edible and medicinal wild, native plants. Take home a nature journal where you record all your observations. 

Foraged Teas and Salves

Learn the basics of ethical and sustainable foraging. Harvest wild native plants like Douglas-fir and Yerba Buena and make your very own forest tea or a topical herbal healing ointment (salve).

Take Home Materials

For continued learning at home, each participant will receive a nature journal and a sample of the dried herbal forest tea or a native plant salve they made throughout the day.


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To finish off this special day, we harvested Douglas Fir shoots, Yerba Buena and trailing blackberry leaves to make hot tea. We even made some tea ourselves to bring home. This was a highlight for many of the students. When we sat in a circle at the end of the program, many of the kids said they wanted to continue learning about native plants and their properties and we did! Five days after [our camp with the Conservancy], we hosted a tea gathering for local elders. The children and youth were able to harvest many of the plants they had learned about with the Galiano Conservancy Association and shared their benefits with the elders.

– Carmen, SOS Children’s Village Leader

From this field trip I learned about edible native plant species and how to harvest them respectfully. I didn’t know so many plants were edible!

– Megan, Age 14

Read of recent school field trips on the theme of sustainable food systems: