Welcome to the Wild Foods and Medicines Free Resource Page
We hope this information supports you in building meaningful relationships with plants, local places, and community. We will be launching a curriculum portal with the entire Tend curriculum in Spring of 2022. Please check back for updates see our upcoming teacher trainings on our Events page.
Tend Gather & Grow Curriculum
Tend, Gather and Grow (Tend) is a K-12 curriculum that focuses on native and naturalized plants of the Pacific Northwest region. Through hands-on activities, students explore themes in wild food traditions, herbal medicine, plant technologies, cultural ecosystems, and tree communities. Northwest Native American plant knowledge and stories are woven throughout the curriculum.
The 60+ lessons align with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) education principles and Next Generation Science Standards. The Tend curriculum was designed by a team of Native and non-native educators and is intended for use by Native and non-native educators and their students. It has been reviewed for accuracy, ethical harvesting practices, and culturally-appropriate content.
Tend Gather and Grow Teacher Guide
We ask that anyone using our educational materials read the Tend Teacher Guide and watch the Honoring Plants, Paces, and Cultural Traditions video before using the materials.These explore the ethical harvest considerations and cultural foundations of this work, as well as teaching practices that enhance students’ interaction with the content. Thank you!
Tend Plant Guide
The Tend Plant Guide covers 20 northwest plants and includes 38 hands-on lessons. Teachers can choose plants and lessons based on what is available, in season, and most relevant to students. Plants that are at risk for overharvest have not been included in the curriculum unless there is a specific emphasis on restoration.
Cleavers is a seasoned traveler. Few plants have so effectively moved across continents, thriving where they land. Velcro like hairs on leaves and seeds make it perfectly adapted to hitching rides on fur and clothes. As medicine, cleavers assist our bodies internal movement by cooling inflammation and clearing obstacles, but inhibit the smooth flow of lymph, blood, and urine.
The Douglas fir tree is a model of adaptability. It thrives in diverse places, from shady forests to sunny clearings, mountain slopes to coastal bluffs.It can take the form of a scraggly bonsai tree shaped by harsh weather, or a massive 100-year old giant with a thick trunk and 300 foot crown.
Salmonberry is an indicator of Spring. Bright pink flowers add a first splash of color to the forest after winter. Tender shoots are peeled and eaten as an energizing vegetable. The much-anticipated berries are the first of the season, and vary in color from orange to ruby-red to purple.
The river is cloaked in a thicket of willow. Protective branches reach out over the water, providing shade and shelter to birds, mammals, and fish. Deer graze on the delicate spring branches. Bees and other insects feast on willow pollen and nectar. When floods ravage the land, willow can take root and grow quickly, transforming barrenness into a place of abundance.
Tend Tree Communities
Tree Communities introduces common Northwest trees and explores identification, ecological relationships, how trees are valued for food, medicine, and traditional technologies, and life skills that we can learn from trees. Lessons include a tree walk and a deeper look at evergreen conifers.
Evergreen Conifer Trees
This document includes an overview of common evergreen conifer trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest and two lessons. Supporting documents include the Evergreen Conifers slideshow, a tree key, tree lifecycle pages, and a coloring page.
You can access and download the slideshow here.
Tend Resources for Students & Families
Youth Connection Toolkit
In our work with youth and with the broader community, we have found that the way that we do something—the process—is just as important as what we’re doing—the content. This document covers some of the core facilitation techniques that we use, as well as why we use them.