On Saturday, October 21, The James Family Discovery Gardens will be the site of the inaugural Ethnobotany Fest at the Highlands Center. Adults and families are invited to come learn about the plants of the Central Highlands and the many ways that people use them. Participants can make poultices, ointments, and tinctures, taste juice made from prickly pear cactus, go on guided walks, and talk to pioneer woman Mary Ramos. There will also be a craft table in the Forest Play area. Admission to the Discovery Gardens are $2 for children under 12, $5.00 for adults.
Faith Roelofs will be representing 1860s pioneer woman Mary Ramos and will be talking to families about her basket of herbal remedies. Jo Schultheiss will be leading guided ethnobotanical walks through the gardens at 9:30 and 10:30. Diane Vaszily will be providing presentations in the Ramada about making poultices, ointments, and tinctures.Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous (native) plants.
About the Highlands Center for Natural History
Formed in 1996, the Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands of Arizona. Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonders of nature through on and offsite programs, supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners.