Intro to Plant Identification (Summer 2022)

Ecosystem tour of Santa Barbara & Southern California Plant Communities

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Tuesdays OR Wednesdays, Jul 26 - Aug 31, 2022

(schedule below)

Have you every wanted to know the names of the mountains and rivers of your area?

Join local herbalist & nutritionist Emily Sanders for a 6 week hybrid course on Introductory Plant Identification & Ecosystems Tour of Santa Barbara. Explore common plant communities of Southern California and meet the herb allies your own backyard. Each week, we will discover a new set of plants on different trails, and create a Plant ID journal to use as a resource for years to come.

As herbalists, we are the storytellers of the land, and voices for the plants. In this class you will learn ourstory of California, the story of our land, our water, and the natural cycles. Learn how to build a two-way relationship with the plants and become part of a community committed to protecting this land.

During this class you will learn the basics of leaf, flower, and tree identification , as well as the 10 most common edible and poisonous plant families in the area. Learn over 50 common local plants , how to detect what general plant ecosystem you are in, and what medicinal herbs grow in each one of them. Our last class we will visit a local farm or nursery to learn the basics of growing & harvesting herbs, so you can start your own herbal garden in your backyard!

In this class you will learn:

  • Over 50 medicinal, edible & poisonous plants and their uses
  • The basic botanical terms used describe leaves, trees, & flowers
  • 10 of the safest and most deadly poisonous common plant families
  • Key features of the ecosystems in southern California & beyond
  • The principles of ethical wild harvesting and protecting native plants

This is hybrid online/outdoor class, with light hiking of up to 2 to 3 miles per class. Students will have the option to attend 100% in person, OR be able to attend FULLY online.

In person classes will meet at a different location each week in the Santa Barbara area. Schedule, locations and driving directions will be emailed out the week before class starts.

Online classes will meet for one LIVE zoom class each week. Students will also spend 2-3 hours each week of independent study watching videos of plant profiles, and a weekly hike in the wilderness to identify local plants in the field.



Jul 27 - Aug 31, 2022

Tuesdays, 9am-1pm


Jul 28 - Sep 1, 2022

Wednesdays, 5-6pm

Your Instructor

Emily Sanders
Emily Sanders

Certified Clinical Herbalist,

Certified Clinical Nutritionist,

Certified Massage Therapist (CAMTC #46037)

Emily is the Director & Founder of the Artemisia Academy, and has been studying holistic health for over 12 years. She is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Clinical Nutritionist from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, and Certified Massage Therapist from the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute. She apprenticed at the Herb Pharm, in Williams, Oregon to learn the skills of herbal farming and product manufacturing. Her hope is to pass on the knowledge of sustainable living with practical entrepreneurial skills so that herbalists can create thriving practices that fully support themselves, their land, and their community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
This course is designed for complete beginners who have never studied plants before, as well aspiring herbalists and holistic practitioners that have already had a fundamental overview herbal training but would like to deepen their knowledge of botany and local plants. If you have already taken botany classes but would like a survey of plants in the Southern California area and its uses, this class would be right up your ally too!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What do I need?
We recommend a couple of books for reference that we recommend for the course. A book & supply list will be sent out upon registration for the course. For distance learners, you will need a computer with streaming video and recording capability, a pair of headphone, the zoom app downloaded on your device, and your enthusiasm to show up and learn!
What if I miss the live class?
Anyone who registers for the class will be given access to the online class portal. All class recordings will be available to watch anytime. Class notes and hand outs will also be posted online, so no matter what, you won’t miss anything! If you work during the day, and still want the live support and coaching from a teacher, don’t worry! We have an online chat so you can still ask questions and get feedback throughout the entire course.

This class is a part of Artemisia Academy's Herbal Apprentice Program.

Prices for this class are discounted when people sign up for the program as a whole. For more information on the Herbal Apprentice Program, please visit:

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