Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Practical Uses of Native California Plants

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PRACTICAL USES OF NATIVE CALIFORNIA PLANTS w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Discover the abundant uses of California native desert plants!

Yanina has studied the relationship between plants and humans for almost two decades. “Yani” will teach participants about the plants historically harvested by the native people of Southern California for food, medicine, and practical purposes and how these plants are used today by other Nations. The program will start with an overview of local Native American tribes and how culture defines plant use or the other way around. Attendees will also learn about plant communities, habitat, and distribution, focusing on the ethnobotany of key species found in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. In the afternoon, the class will follow the trails for a hike to identify edible, medicinal, and other valuable plants found in the area. No plants will be harvested in the National Park. Yani will discuss respectful gathering practices and restrictions on collecting on federal lands and in the National Park.

About the Instructor: Yanina Aldao Galvan is a Naturalized American originally from Argentina, where she studied Agricultural Sciences. She has been an Outdoor Educator since 2008 and a Land Steward since childhood. She has worked for the Mojave Desert Land Trust and Joshua Tree National Park and is currently in her senior year of Ecology at the University of California Riverside. Her favorite topics are plant Chemistry and Conservation of Biodiversity.


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September 17, 2022 @ 08:30 AM to
04:00 PM

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