Wild Foods & Medicines

Plant Teachings Project

Plant Teachings for Growing Social-Emotional Skills

Many Native Elders remind us that plants are teachers. When we awaken our senses and observe nature, plants can lead us in finding ways to be healthy and resilient.

For example, alder demonstrates how to collaborate with other species to build a healthy forest community. Yarrow reminds us of the importance of boundaries, while willow shows us how to be flexible yet strong. These skills can be applied to our lives—helping us to build greater wellbeing. Developed through a partnership between GRuB, Squaxin Island Tribe’s Northwest Indian Treatment Center, and Seattle Indian Health Board.

Purchase the Plant Teaching for Growing Emotional Social-Emotional Skills book!

The Plant Teachings for Social-Emotional health book and accompanying cards are now available for purchase. This resource is especially valuable for mental health workers, educators, and community members who are exploring behavioral health skills that are rooted in the land and Coast Salish culture. Plant knowledge, social-emotional skills, stories, mindfulness activities, and recipes on wild foods and herbal medicines are woven throughout the book. The Plant Teaching Cards include 23 double-sided waterproof cards with social-emotional teachings and personal reflection questions. Use the book and cards to learn, teach, and remember skills to practice during challenging times.

Explore Resources in the New Plant Teachings Toolkit

The Plant Teachings toolkit is intended for mental health workers, educators, and community members who are exploring behavioral health skills that are rooted in the land and Coast Salish culture. This new toolkit explores how plants can lead us in being healthy and resilient. It includes 97 page full-color book book, plant teaching cards, movement videos, an activity guide, and infographicsResources can be integrated into many different settings including behavioral health programs, community health and wellness classes, K-12 social-emotional lessons, and outdoor education programs.

This Project Represents Two Years of Partnership

The Plant Teachings for Growing Social-Emotional Skills toolkit was developed through a partnership between GRuB and Squaxin Island Tribe’s Northwest Indian Treatment Center, and was initially funded by Seattle Indian Health Board. Over two years, a team of plant experts, mental health workers, cultural experts, graphic designers, and editors worked together to synergize and synthesize the toolkit.

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