I’m excited to announce that the medicinal plant project I’ve been working on with The Wolf Conservation Center has been granted botanical sanctuary status by United Plant Savers. The aim is to bridge the gap between wildlife conservation and our own relationship with the earth. Through the lens of medicinal plants, we can develop healing relationship with the land outside our door. Sacred Warrior retreats and education programs with Wolf Conservation Center offer hands on learning with wild and endangered plants in the Northeastern United States. As a participant, you learn what you can do to care for the land, and yourself as a loving steward of the earth. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to join United Plant Savers. Their work is vital in keeping endangered medicinal plants alive. I’m incredibly honored to be part of it. Here’s more:
Atka’s Garden: Sacred Warrior & Wolf Conservation Center Sanctuary
An ecological restoration project to reintroduce native and endangered plant species to the conservation center land and a separate medicine garden for teaching and harvesting. These will be Sacred Warrior land based education programs for groups and students who visit the center.
The two projects will serve as hands on learning and education initiatives to rekindle relationship to the land. We want to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship for the benefit of the earth, wolves and all species.
Many wild plant species face the same misunderstandings as wolves. Some are becoming rare or endangered due to habitat destruction, competition with alien species, imported diseases or pests and by over-harvesting for medicinal purposes. Reintroducing endangered and at risk plant species through the medicine garden and the Conservation Center land restoration project aligns with the WCC’s mission of ecological awareness and environmental stewardship. This program will also re-educate people about beneficial weeds that we often poison our land to get rid of. A dangerous practice that needs to stop. By connecting people to the earth through the lens of plants, we will inspire ecological awareness and regenerative relationships with the earth.
A Field Guide to Plants at the Conservation Center
The book will discuss the endangered plant species we plan to re-introduce and their challenges, plant identification, herbal folklore and ways to get involved in conservation. The guide will include information about the vital role wolves and other keystone predators provide for a healthy ecosystem and the interconnection of plant and animal species. Once created, this can also raise funds for the center as a PDF download and a book to be sold online and in the Center’s store.
This project is named for Atka, a deeply loved Ambassador Wolf that made an incredible impact on behalf of his species. He passed away at age 16 on the Fall Equinox, 2018. His spirit and soul watch over in the garden that was planted in his presence. We care for the land in his honor.