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Cole Deelah
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Hi there - new to the forums. While working on our kids' homeschooling core for this year, I came across some awesome stuff on this site. So, I'm reaching out to all of you for some additional ideas/help.

Some things about us:
family of 7 - kids are 15, 12, 11, 11, and 9
homeschoolers
planning on earthship development in a nearby state in the next 1-2 years
not native Texans - need help and ideas from those in the know

We are looking for resources, day trips, educational outings, etc... to help supplement our core this year - Ancestral Skills. This will include hunting, gathering, water filtration and purification, quick shelter, assessment of surroundings, nature skills, and more. Any and all help would be much appreciated
 
Tracy Kuykendall
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Not exactly sure just what it is you're wanting to know/find out. But being a native Texan I can say that there's so much of Texas, theres a lot that can't be seen on a day trip. May want to start in you're region and start expanding from there.
 
Jennifer Richardson
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Welcome to Texas!

Not sure if this is the sort of thing you're looking for, but if you're near San Antonio, The Human Path school does a lot of things in this vein:

http://thehumanpath.org/

They also have an associated Facebook page, the Texas Medicinal Plants Club:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TxMedicinalPlantsClub/

And the people at Foraging Texas do classes, I believe, and the blog itself is a great resource:

http://www.foragingtexas.com/

If you let folks know what part of the state you're in, you might get better answers--we're a big state, after all!
 
Tyler Ludens
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I like this book http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Useful-Plants-Texas-Southwest/dp/0292781644

and the website Jennifer recommends.
 
Chloe Buzzotta
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Hi there!
Earth Natives is a great school for kids and adults alike!

Yours truly,
Symbiosis Regenerative Systems
symbiosistx.com
 
Jennifer Richardson
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I also highly recommend the book Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives. The plants, for the most part, will be relatively easy to find and recognize (especially if you ask a native Texan for help!), and the uses discussed in the book are very diverse and useful. Everything from edibility to soap/dye/fiber to timber and other woodworking uses, medicine, historical uses, all kinds of stuff.

I also made a Google spreadsheet here of various useful and edible natives that might give you some ideas. Obviously check and double-check all my notes before eating or using something; I don't want to accidentally kill anyone via the internet. I update the list from time to time when I come across something interesting. Suggestions and additions are always welcome, too!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ACVDAL7mY2-HFn1HPqlO-Dmn7m1YtJ0mRL2dmAJmU-o/edit?usp=sharing
 
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