Ethnobotanical Garden

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Quick Facts

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The ethnobotanical garden is a native plant garden dedicated to displaying some of the plants used by local native peoples such as the Clatsop and Chinooks for food, medicine, and textiles. The plantings are arranged in four natural plant communities, each of which reflect one of the many habitats found in the greater surrounding area.  

The garden was created through collaborative efforts of the Clatsop Nehalem Confederated Tribes 501-C3, Edgewater Landscaping, the Tongue Point Job Corps landscaping program, and the National Park Service.  

When gathering from the wild, we encourage you to approach nature with the traditional NW tribal values of respect, gratitude, and reciprocity. Please take only what you can use, and always look for ways you can give back. Do not harvest or ingest any wild plant without confirmation from an expert. Harvest from this interpretive garden is allowed only through official park programs. If you are interested in helping us care for it, let us know!  

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Last updated: March 21, 2022