California is home to a diverse array of edible & medicinal plants long valued for their nutritional/therapeutic effects. During this talk we will explore many of the more common (and lesser known) native/non-native plants found growing throughout the state, with a focus on historical as well as modern use. Topics to be covered include: botany/plant I.D, plant family characteristics, ethical harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, botanical safety issues, California natural history, and more! The presentation will include an interactive lecture, a large selection of live/dried plant samples, plus sampling of a number of different edible/medicinal plant preparations. Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling. This in-depth introductory class should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing more about the unique flora of our state.