LOGAN — Before there were drugstores and grocery stores, there were plants growing in the great outdoors.
The next “Saturdays at the Museum” program at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology focuses on ethnobotany.
Ethnobotany is the study of how and why cultures use plants in their environments.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Bill Varga talks about how American Indians and pioneers used plants in Northern Utah. Varga, executive director of the American West Heritage Center, will discuss plants’ medical, culinary and cultural purposes.
There will also be activities for children, including making cordage and paper flowers. Tours will be offered of the related exhibits, “Atlatls, Nets and Pinyon Nuts: Gathering Food in the Prehistoric Great Basin” and “Great Basin Basketry.”
The USU Museum of Anthropology is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, in Room 252 of the Old Main building, on campus at 500 N. 700 East. Admission is free.
For more information call the museum at 435-797-7545, or see the website http://anthromuseum.usu.edu.