Welcome to the April 2010 eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College!

In this issue...

1.) Feature Article: Herbal Tincture Recipes
Have you ever made your own tincture to help you heal and stay healthy? Here's three of our favorite recipes...

2.) Special Tracking Opportunity
A rare opportunity to learn from Sue Morse of Keeping Track and Jason Knight of Alderleaf near Vancouver, BC!

3.) Upcoming Courses!
CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluation, Wildlife Tracking Weekend Course, Medicinal Plants Course, and more...

Feature Article:
Herbal Tincture Recipes

Have you ever made your own tincture to help you heal and stay healthy?

Tincture is typically an alcoholic extract of plants for use as medicine. The alcohol acts as a solvent, extracting primarily the medicinal components such as alkaloids, glycosides, minerals, and essential oils. Other solvents can be used in place of alcohol, such as vinegar or glycerin, though they are typically less effective at extracting medicinal constituents of plants.

Learn three of our favorite tincture recipes for this season including dandelion, burdock, and stinging nettle... Read More!

Special Message:
Unique Tracking Opportunity with Sue Morse and Jason Knight

Many of you have been asking if expert tracker, Sue Morse of Keeping Track, would be teaching at Alderleaf again this spring.

What’s been a secret up to this point is that Sue Morse and Jason Knight have been contracted to co-teach special private carnivore tracking courses for Vancouver Metro Parks staff up in the Vancouver, BC area.

The great news is that a few spaces have become available at one of the Vancouver classes! This is a rare opportunity to learn about carnivore tracking from both Sue Morse and Jason Knight, alongside biologists in the Vancouver BC area.

This course is being hosted by Vancouver Metro Parks. We've copied their course announcement below. If you're interested, be sure to contact Vancouver Metro Parks by Friday, as there's just a few spaces available to the public:

Carnivore Tracking Course Announcement:

Join instructors Susan Morse of Keeping Track and Jason Knight of Alderleaf Wilderness College for a weekend seminar on Carnivore Tracking.

The seminar will focus on where and why to look for carnivore tracks and sign and improving your ability to find and interpret these clues to wildlife activity in an area. In addition we will be covering how to detect and monitor selected focal species, what certain habitats contribute to seasonal food sources and cover and how the Keeping Track Monitoring Program is being used by advocacy and conservation groups.

Saturday 24 April:
9am -3pm: Chehalis River Forest Recreation Site - Field Skills
7pm -9pm: Henry Esson Young Building Riverview Hospital – Slide and lecture presentation

Sunday 25 April:
9am -3pm: Minnekhada Farm – Field Skills and Wrap up.

Registered participants will receive an information package with site directions and carpooling options.

Registration required by April 9, 2010.
Cost: $140 per person
To register call 604-432-6359 or email

Upcoming Spring Courses!

Check out what's coming up in spring!

CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluation: Apr 17-18, 2010
An excellent learning opportunity, skills assessment, and opportunity to become a certified wildlife tracker! Limited space - call to register

Wildlife Tracking Weekend Course: Jun 19-20, 2010
Learn animal tracking skills with local wildlife tracker, Jason Knight. Designed for both the outdoor enthusiast and environmental professional.

Medicinal Plants Course: Jun 26-27, 2010
Learn about wild medicinal plant preparations in the beautiful foothills of the Cascade Mountains!

View our full lineup of classes at our Courses page!

Considering the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program?

There's still time to apply for the 2010-2011 school year!

Learn more...

Did you know that Alderleaf has a blog and forums site?

Check them out...

Alderleaf Blog: Notes from Alderleaf

Alderleaf Online Community Forums: Alderleaf Commons

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