Take a walk with Earthroots Instructors Macy and Danielle and learn about the diverse and lush flora of Big Oak Canyon! Big Oak is a 39-acre property located on ancestral Acjachemen and Tongva territory in Silverado Canyon, California.

This land is home to 200+ year old oak trees and diverse native flora, and is the ideal location for anyone who wants to learn about local native, edible, and medicinal plants and their uses. 

This women-only class is designed to revive the sisterhood of our ancestors who lived in relationship with plants for thousands of years! Come gather us to learn about local plants while building community and connection.  

Big Oak Canyon creek

Learning Objectives

  • Go on a hike to identify native and nonnative plants
  • Taste edible plants
  • Explore plants’ many medicinal uses
  • Make an herbal healing salve
  • Discuss ethical harvesting of plants
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Make new friends

Women and Wild Plants Overview

When: Saturday, June 24th 

Time: 9 am-12 pm

Where: Big Oak Canyon, driving directions will be sent after registration.

Who: Ages 16 and up

Note: While we generally welcome all ages, this class is for adults and older teens only. If you would like to see a class similar to this offered for children, please let us know.

Pricing: $45 per person

Total number of spaces available: 20

What to bring

  • Sunhat
  • Shoes/clothes for walking on trails
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water in a reusable container
  • Snacks
  • Nature journal (optional)

Earthroots will provide

  • Healing Salve materials


Registration deadline for Women and Wild Plants: One week prior to class date
All workshops require minimum participant enrollment to run. Camps that do not meet the minimum enrollment will be canceled.

Scholarships Available

Earthroots is committed to creating nature connection opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) participants and families in need.

About the Instructors


Macy Pilkington


Macy Pilkington is all about empowering children to trust themselves, to trust each other, and to trust that the world is beautiful and safe. This southern California native grew up in the shadow of Saddleback Mountain. As soon as she could drive, the canyons became her sanctuary. Her search for nature led her to spend countless nights under the stars in Holy Jim Canyon, hiking the trails around Blackstar, and admiring the rural charm of Modjeska and Silverado canyons.


Danielle Henke


Danielle Henke has lived in Southern California her entire life, and grew up taking trips with her family to explore the outdoors. While taking courses in early childhood education, Danielle learned the concepts of nature preschools/forest kindergartens and became fascinated with the education style. She was thrilled to find Earthroots and be brought into the community of fellow nature lovers.