Courses, Lectures, Workshops, and Field Trips

Upcoming Events in 2016:


February 6: Wild Foods and Ethnobotany of the Salish Sea Region – A Walking Tour in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island. Hosted by the Sound Waters Symposium.

February 13: Bigleaf Maple Syrup workshop – 1-4pm in Bellingham, WA. Hosted by Salal, the Cascadian Food Institute. We will take a tour of Abe’sĀ small-scale sugar-bush operation, review equipment needs, practice tapping trees, and discuss tree physiology as it relates to sap flow. Participants will get a chance to experience every step of the process, from tree to syrup. Cost is $40/person. Contact for details and to register.

March 16-19: Society of Ethnobiology Conference in Tucson, AZ. This is a great place to meet scholars working with indigenous communities and learn about their research. More info here.

March 29 – April 19: Revitalizing Food Culture from the Cascades to the Salish Sea in Seattle, WA. Tuesdays at 7pm at the Burke Museum. Abe will be leading a session on April 5. Details and registrationĀ here.

April 23-24: Wild Cow Parsnip stalk smallEdible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island in Victoria, BC. Join Abe in this 10-hour course covering springtime wild foods available in both urban and rural environments. The course includes identification skills, field trips, uses, and hands-on preparation of dozens of food. Hosted by Royal Roads University’s Continuing Studies program. Register here.

April 30: Springtime Edibles of Western Washington – 10am-3pm in Bellingham, WA. Hosted by Salal, the Cascadian Food Institute. In this hands-on workshop, Abe will cover harvesting and preparation of seasonally available wild shoots, roots, and greens. Cost is $50/person. Contact for details and to register. More info here.

May 21: Native Fiber Plants – 10am-4pm in Bellingham, WA. Hosted by Salal, the Cascadian FStinging Nettle Fiberood Institute. Roots, shoots, twigs, barks, and seed fluff all produce valuable fibers for cordage, clothing, and mats. In this workshop, Abe will harvest fiber materials that are available in the spring, and cover basic cordage and weaving techniques. Cost is $60/person. Contact for details and to register. More info here.



Ethnobotanist Abe Lloyd is available to instruct courses, provide lectures, facilitate workshops, and lead field trips on request. Below are areas of special interest and experience. Contact Abe to make arrangements.



  • Traditional systems of land and resource management on the Northwest Coast
  • Growing roots, the effect of Kwakwaka’wakw management on the productivity of edible estuarine salt marsh root vegetables


  • Processing and eating acorns
  • Indigenous fibers, making things from roots, barks, leaves, and stems
  • Indigenous cooking methods: techniques for cooking in earthen pit ovens and cedar bentwood boxes

    Cedar bentwood boxes were traditionally used to boil or steam many food items

  • Constructing bentwood boxes
  • Growing wapato
  • Harvesting and cooking camas (2 day workshop)

Field trips:

  • Wild edible plants
  • Wild edible mushrooms
  • Ethnobiology of the Pacific Northwest
  • Natural history of the Pacific Northwest