Posted by: holly | March 31, 2010

Free Range School Offerings

Cattail Workshop

Who: Students ages 5 and up.  Parents are also welcome.

What: Join Crystal Scheer, founder of Whatcom County’s own Free Range Learning Cooperative for a day of hands-on exploration of the marvelous cattail.  Standing in a marshy cattail forest with towering stalks waving in the wind as a red-wing black bird trills its unique song is a breathtaking experience, but cattails also have a multitude of practical uses as well.  For this workshop, students will harvest cattails to use in cooking and crafts.  We will make up a big cattail stir-fry for lunch with cattail-on-the-cob and make cattail pickles to take home.  We will use the bulrush stalks to make toys and mats- plus hats or sandals for older students.  Students will also learn all about the traditional uses of the cattail by indigenous people and how the plant can be used medicinally.

When and Where: The workshop runs from 10-3pm and will be located at Crystal Scheer’s property about 15 minutes southeast from Alger off of Prairie Rd and close to highway 9.  Workshops will take place the following Fridays:  May 21st, 28th and June 4th.

Cost: $25 per student, $10 for siblings.  This fee includes lunch and materials.  (Reimbursable by MP3 program and the Mt. Baker Academy)

Registration: To register, please email: and include the names and ages of participants, your phone number and which day you would like to attend, or if you are flexible.  More specific directions and other information will be emailed to you after registration is received.

Contact: Crystal Scheer (360)393-6384


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