Wild Foods of the Pacific Northwest

The Wild Path: Wild Foods of The Pacific Northwest & Northern California

The Wild Path: PNW is open for registration!

Welcome to The Wild Path: Wild Foods of the Pacific Northwest

This “Short Course” is an immersive adventure into the abundance of wild foods of Cascadia—Northern California, Oregon, Washington and even venturing a bit into Alaska’s boreal forests. From fiddleneck ferns to fungi, sea vegetables and salmon berries, this course introduces beginning foragers to all that the region has to offer with insight on how to sustainably collect, process and preserve the harvest.

Session Begins: October 19, 2022

Regions Covered: This course focuses on regional specific plants and fungi of the Pacific Northwest region which includes Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Colombia and Alaska. For those who are unable to travel to Northern California for the field trips, a ‘virtual only’ option is available which includes all online content.

Class Materials: Students will receive one Wild Path Mini-Recipe eBook with regional recipes and resources. A list of suggested reading and resources will also be offered. Class recordings and weekly PDF presentations will be available for students to download for review for those that could not attend live.

Community Building: Community is an important part of wild foods and foraging. Classes encourage participation and connecting with other students in the class. There is a class message board where students are encouraged to share their foraging finds and culinary creations with each other as well as receive feedback from your instructor. We begin as strangers but leave as family.

BONUS: All students receive a 12% TWP student discount to any other TWP Short Course, workshop, seasonal celebration, wild food dinner, or multi-day adventure within 12 months of the start of the program enrolled. Some exceptions apply. See my full schedule at jstarwood.com for additional upcoming offerings.


Live virtual classes, held once a week (except for field trip weeks) on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm PST via Zoom platform. Participation is highly encouraged, but sessions will be recorded for later viewing and available until the course end-date.

November 19-20 (Mendocino County, CA)
*(Dates subject to change)

Course Topics:

Greens & Ephemerals of the PNW
Mushroom Identification
Cooking with Wild Mushrooms
Sea Vegetables & Sea Water
Flowers, Berries & Herbs of the PNW

Field Trip

Each course ends with a field trip to a region where we will find plants and mushrooms that we’ve covered in the previous five weeks together virtually. For the PNW course, we will have a mushroom hunting foray in Northern California with a wild food dinner celebration afterwards featuring the foods we’ve learned during the course.


Please submit a detailed application along with your payment to ensure that this program is a good fit for you. Small class sizes help everyone get the one-on-one instructional experience for optimal learning. Class sizes are limited to encourage community building.

To submit an application, please go to the Application page.

Class Fees & Registration:

$395 course tuition
$195 virtual only (online content only, does not include field trips)

Once your application is received, you will receive payment information. All payments must be made via Venmo, Zelle or check unless arranged otherwise. No refunds after 7 days prior to first class start date. Payment plans are available by prior arrangement but must be paid in full by course start date.

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