Wild Edibles Workshop To Be Held April 28

The public can discover how to identify edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Spring Wild Edibles workshop on Saturday, April 28. The cuckoo flowers and dandelions pictured may be among those that will surprise those attending. Submitted photo

With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be a grocery store.

On Saturday, April 28, at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Spring Wild Edibles workshop the public can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild plants available this time of year and how one can eat them. Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill, still others for fun. Foraging can also be a way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, nourish the body and strengthen a connection to the earth and the food it produces.

The workshop, scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, will teach how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar. The class will begin with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles. Then the group will go outside to identify edibles growing and blooming in the spring. Those attending will also learn about plants they definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, there will be samples and a discussion of ways to make wild plants part of a meal.

Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at Audubon who has been eating “weeds” for several years.

With both inside and outside components, the class includes a walk up to one mile on flat ground. Remember to dress for the weather.

The fee is $16; $12 for members and children ages 9-15. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, April 26, by calling 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation and Lenna Foundation.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building, open daily, houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop and a collection of live fish, reptiles and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors’ attention on ways to celebrate nature hands-on. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor habitat.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.