The program teaches local identification of native and invasive plants, plants for use in landscaping or revegetation, indigenous farming techniques, economics of using native plants for new crops, and the transmittal and saving of traditional knowledge to audiences of many ages.
The Ethnobotany Teaching Garden at the Alaska Plant Materials Center includes the study of how the many cultural groups in Alaska use plants as food, medicine, and technology. The Plant Materials Center works with people throughout Alaska to learn about and plant their own Ethnobotany Garden.
Landscaping using native plants
Ecology, biology, and taxonomy of native plants
Hands-on experience in harvesting and gathering ethics
Recognizing the importance of traditional ecological knowledge
Cultural plant names and language translation
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