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Build a solid foundation for studying and learning about wild edible & medicinal plants by using the same tools, resources, and methods as a Master Naturalist.

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Taught by Master Naturalist, Craig Caudill

THE RIGHT FOUNDATION

Beginning your study of Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants with a solid foundation is critical!

  • Proven Resources

    Use the same trusted resources as a Master Naturalist to positively identify edible and medicinal plants. This course includes a review of BOTH the printed and digital guides that Craig uses in his own studies.

  • Plant Key

    Learn how & why to use a Plant Key in your study of Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants. Many Master Naturalists and other experts use a Plant Key to pinpoint characteristics that help to positively identify plants.

  • Invaluable Tool

    Learn a proven trick for understanding plant characteristics and retaining that information for years to come - all while building your own personalized plant identification guide to use and share.

What are other students saying?

  • Great place to start studying!

    Wayne Elliott

    This was very well done. The information contained inside was extremely valuable for studying this topic. Craig did a great job of narrowing down the overwhe...

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    This was very well done. The information contained inside was extremely valuable for studying this topic. Craig did a great job of narrowing down the overwhelming amount of info available to bite sized portions. To me, the most valuable tool was the methodology behind learning; there is no way you can memorize every plant out there. Craig teaches you the tools to learn on your own (which is extremely valuable to retain the information) in a easy to follow format. I am very pleased with how this class was put together! Thank you Craig and Creek for providing this instruction!

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  • Learn how to learn plants - Useful information, effective...

    James Cuppy

    This effectively presented training is not a listing of edible and medicinal plants that some author thinks you should know. Rather this practical training ...

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    This effectively presented training is not a listing of edible and medicinal plants that some author thinks you should know. Rather this practical training introduces a methodology, in real everyday settings, for how to become competent at identify plants. Along with teaching you a methodology the author passes along suggestions for several practical reference books and phone apps that the student may use as resources in their study of plant identification and the attributes of that plant. The course is presented in an efficient manner with every point effectively building on the previous material. By the end of the course the student is equipped to gather the tools that they intend to use and begin learning to identify plants in their own environment.

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  • Thank you.

    corey ellis

    Thanks for this. Helps me to be able to learn more about my area of the Pacific North West.

    Thanks for this. Helps me to be able to learn more about my area of the Pacific North West.

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  • A Boost for the Amateur

    Robert Lewter

    This course gave me such a leg up on my endeavors to learn about edible and medicinal plants. It was able to give me more productive ways to increase my know...

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    This course gave me such a leg up on my endeavors to learn about edible and medicinal plants. It was able to give me more productive ways to increase my knowledge and with practice to be confident of what I am doing.

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  • Introduction to the study of edible and medicinal plants

    Robert Simoneau

    This was really great info,specially how to retain your information.

    This was really great info,specially how to retain your information.

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  • Very descriptive

    Vicci Phillips

    Just what I was looking for as an introduction

    Just what I was looking for as an introduction

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  • Intro to edible & medicinal plants

    Kenneth Louviere

    As a well known friend and survival instructor, Creek Stewart, put it, knowledge weighs nothing. The knowledge I gathered during this course is invaluable ...

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    As a well known friend and survival instructor, Creek Stewart, put it, knowledge weighs nothing. The knowledge I gathered during this course is invaluable in my opinion. Well worth the time invested.

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  • Grounding

    Annette Andruss

    I am one of those that has just been memorizing the plants. This course is good to get you started on why and how to get a better grounding in the study of ...

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    I am one of those that has just been memorizing the plants. This course is good to get you started on why and how to get a better grounding in the study of plants for when you are some place where there are lots of plants but not the ones you have memorized.

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  • Study of Edible & Medicinal Plants

    Catherine Jolley

    Great information for those of us wanting to learn more about edibles and medicinal plants but didn't know how to get started. Or, tried to get started and ...

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    Great information for those of us wanting to learn more about edibles and medicinal plants but didn't know how to get started. Or, tried to get started and became overwhelmed. Craig's approach to breaking down the process is incredibly simple and easy to follow. I found his conversational style of speaking relaxing and confidence building. I paused the videos numerous times to make notes and look up recommended books and apps. Thanks, Craig! Looking forward to my next course with you. Cat.

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  • Great start!

    Chris North

    The tips I learned in this short coarse were fantastic, especially the "most valuable tool"! Can't wait to get started!

    The tips I learned in this short coarse were fantastic, especially the "most valuable tool"! Can't wait to get started!

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction by Master Naturalist, Craig Caudill
    • Learning Edible and Medicinal Plants Intro
  • 2
    Course Lessons
    • PART I: PRECAUTIONS
    • PART II: BEST & RECOMMENDED BOOK REFERENCE GUIDES
    • PART III: BEST & RECOMMENDED ON-THE-GO DIGITAL APPS
    • PART IV: WHY & HOW TO USE A PLANT KEY
    • PART V: BEST & MOST VALUABLE TOOL FOR PLANT ID RETENTION
  • 3
    Final Thoughts & Next Steps
    • Learning Edible and Medicinal Plants Outro

Expert tools and resources.

If you're just starting out in your study of wild & medicinal plants (or you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with the process), this course can save you lots of time, money and effort. Certified Master Naturalist, Craig Caudill, will flatten your learning curve by showing you the exact tools and methods he uses to study and identify wild edible and medicinal plants. From safety and precautions to tools and resources, by the end of this course you will have a solid foundation on which to build your own base of wild plant knowledge.
Expert tools and resources.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Craig Caudill

    Certified Master Naturalist

    Craig Caudill

    Craig Caudill is an accomplished woodsman, author, podcaster and educator on topics in, and related to, the great outdoors. He has served as a backcountry skills instructor for the Department of Defense, first responders on the federal, state and local level as well as thousands every-day folks like you and me. He is a certified Master Naturalist and brings a lifetime of outdoors experience and practical wisdom to his courses here at Outdoor Core. Craig is the Director/Lead Instructor of Nature Reliance School, headquartered in Central Kentucky. You can reach Craig at www.naturereliance.org.