Ethnobotany Certificate Program

The Ethnobotany Certificate Program is the first such program in this state and only one of a handful that are currently being offered in the entire United States. Ethnobotany is integral to life in Alaska because it recognizes cultural knowledge and deepens our connection with the expansive and exceptional natural world at our doorstep.

Students enrolled in the EBOT program will learn: basic plant biology & floral ecology of Alaska, economic applications of Ethnobotany, basic applied chemistry of plants, research methods for local specific projects, as well as traditional and new uses of Alaska native plants. These skills will prepare Alaska Native students for employment in wildlife and cultural management agencies, education, and other rural-based jobs, as well as further college milestones such as the Associates and Bachelor’s of
Science degrees.

New for 2014!

Summer Introduction to Ethnobotany Courses

Two offerings in 2014:

1) EBOT 100 Sitka class is full, but you can still enroll in the July class - see below.

If you live in/near Sitka AK, the EBOT All Hands Gathering invites the community to the following 3 public events. Please click the EBOT public flyer link below for more details.

Ethnobotany 100 Field Course Pre-class Botany Module

The class EBOT 100, “Introduction to Ethnobotany,” will discuss the relationships between people and plants in the Sitka region as well as other parts of Alaska and the rest of the world. People relate to plants in many ways, for example, by eating them, using them as medicine, naming them and telling stories about them. To give you an idea of the types of things we'll discuss, we have included a few sample pages from our ethnobotany program's upcoming book on the ethnobotany of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, in Western Alaska. This will give you a feeling for how people of a different region relate to a few species you may also have in your area. Please read the descriptions below of fireweed, Labrador tea and cloud berry. Then you can take a short quiz to see what you learned, and what you already know about plants and the study of how people use them.

Anyone interested in the program is welcome to take the quiz too!

2) Kotzebue AK, 14-25 July - run by Chukchi Campus, contact Martha Lee ( --> check for the course application.

New for 2013!

Congratulations to the first Ethnobotany Program graduates, Darla Brown and Lexi Bystedt!

Ethnobotany Professor, Kevin Jernigan, prepared a delicious celebratory meal for the graduates.

Thanks to all who participated in the Ethnobotany (EBOT) survey for Kuskokwim Campus. The winner of the iPad mini is Hillary Prescan. Congratulations, Hillary!

Check out the recent workshop on how to tap birch trees, held 20 April 2013 on the UAF campus

Talk of Alaska Radio Interview

Check out this recent radio interview on Talk of Alaska where Kuskokwim Campus Ethnobotany Program Coordinator, Rose Meier, joins Alaska Botanical Garden Director, Julianne McGuinness, and ethnobotanist/author, Gary Paul Nabhan, to discuss the role of ethnobotany in addressing Alaska's food security situation.

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