Wild Literacy Workshops

Wild literacy happens when we get to know our wild neighbors over time.

Workshops are held online with time together and time to explore rabbit holes on your own. Workshops are geared toward adults unless noted otherwise.

2023 Workshops:

TRE® Tune-Up: TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Releasing Exercises) are a series of seven exercises that safely activate a natural reflex of shaking or vibrating to gently release muscular tension and calm the nervous system. Designed by Dr. David Berceli, TRE® is an effective, self-directed practice that can be used throughout your life to support your physiological well-being.

Coming this fall... stay tuned!

Decision Tree: What tree would grow best here? There’s never been a better moment to plant trees. Leave a legacy of clean air and water, soil regeneration, carbon storage, shade, shelter, and beauty by adding a tree to your yard or shared community space. Planting trees is both a commitment and a legacy for future generations. The Decision Tree workshop will help you craft your tree dating profile until you find the right match - it could literally be the biggest decision of your life!

Who are your wild neighbors? Get to know the plants and animals in your immediate area through classic identification as well as developing your own sense of recognition and storymaking. Often the first step toward caring for trees, plants or birds and their habitat is to understand what family they belong to and what their inherited preferences and dislikes are. What works for one species may be the opposite for another. This course is for beginners, or those who have recently moved to a new patch of the Pacific Northwest.

Oakscaping: Planting for climate change? The Oregon White Oak may once again thrive in a warmer and wetter Willamette Valley. Learn to plant, tend and landscape around oaks.

Wild Friends (Ages 7-10, In-Person): Make new friends! Through games and memory tricks we’ll learn each other’s names as well as the names and nicknames of all the plants, birds, mammals and insects we can find each day. Learning names is one of the first steps toward making friends, but then comes learning what we each like and don’t like, and how to be together in ways where everyone feels seen and cared for. That’s when the fun begins, and friendships take root. Friendship is a life skill, and branching out to include wild friends means you’ll learn to find friends everywhere!


When you register, you will receive a link to view workshop materials in a Google Folder as well as a calendar invitation with a zoom link for live class sessions. We often use a “flipped classroom” model where you view material on your own at your own pace, and then bring questions and reflections into our shared workshop time together.

Note: Kindergarten rules apply in shared spaces. Please bring your whole self - giggles, tears and all - but you will be dismissed or sent to reflective quiet time if harm to others occurs. Reading Nature does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, creed, color, age, ancestry, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. - Baba Dioum, 1968

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