This Mother’s Day on May 14th, bring mom out to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and connect to plants important to Chinookan Peoples for this special event.
Learn about edible and medicinal plants, enjoy tasting wild teas, learn about medicinal salves, and go on a nature walk.
The Plankhouse serves as an education/interpretive center and is used by the Chinook Indian Nation for cultural events throughout the year.
This event is perfect for the whole family and is FREE with Wildlife Refuge admission ($3 per vehicle).
Here is the day’s event schedule:
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Plankhouse Tours and Children’s Activities
Throughout the event there will be docents on hand for tours of the Plankhouse and children’s activities.
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Wild Tea Samples (while supplies last)
Sample teas made with native and non-native plants such as blackberry leaf, dandelion root, Douglas fir, and more.
1:00 pm: Tending the Wild Walk
Join in on the mother/daughter walk on the Oaks to Wetland Trail to learn some of the ways the women of Cathlapotle tended to their plant relatives and cared for their environment.
2:00 pm: Family Nature Walk
Enjoy a walk with one of the naturalists to learn about the plants and animals that call the Refuge home.
3:00 pm: Soothing Herbal Salve Demonstration
Learn a few common plants that can be used to make an herbal salve for soothing cuts, scrapes, and dry skin.
The location of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Carty Unit can get confused with the River S Unit at the Refuge (where the auto tour route is located.). The two Units are not connected by public roads and must be accessed by their separate entrances.
Please use the address provided (28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98642) not the one used on Google maps or use directions on website.
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