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Seaweed Wildtending Adventure

  • Van Damme State Park 8001 CA-1, Little River CA 95456 (map)

The rocky shoreline of Mendocino county boasts some of the greatest diversity of marine algae in North America. Although millions of years old some of these species have witnessed radical changes in the last one hundred years. As proposals to farm seaweeds for food and energy gain momentum join us and:

  • Learn to identify several different edible sea vegetables.
  • Learn about ethical and sustainable wild harvesting and drying techniques. Harvest and dry your own seaweed to take home.
  • Taste several types of seaweeds, cook new seaweed recipes and learn about their health benefits.
  • Learn about the dynamic state of the kelp forest ecosystem and how we can help with ongoing monitoring and restoration efforts.

This is a three day program. Activities are planned for Friday evening, all day Saturday, and wrapping up Sunday at 1pm. A detailed itinerary and planning document will be emailed to you following registration. This workshops is limited to 15 people so please sign up early to reserve your spot! Early bird pricing ends April 8.

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The shore hiking for this class will be moderately difficult and involves the very rare danger of sneaker waves crashing into the tidal zone unexpectedly. 

Cost for this trip is $250 per person* and includes:

  • 2 nights at a campground (4/28/17 and 4/29/17)
  • Detailed seaweed identification, harvesting, and drying techniques with expert naturalists
  • Use of license for the legal harvest of sea vegetables
  • Seaweed Forager Newsletter

*Limited sliding-scale fee will be honored for those unable to pay full price.  Please contact instructor Tanya Stiller for rate:


Tanya Stiller has been an herbalist for 20 years, and offers herbal, foraging, and homesteading classes in the East Bay. Tanya is passionate about studying and teaching permaculture, nutrition, ethnobotany, and ethical wildcrafting.

Nik Bertulis has been practicing ecological design for more than 20 years. He was trained as a beach naturalist on the shores of Puget sound and has 13 stitches on his ankle from a mixup with a barnacle.