Jamestown, NY – With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store.
On Saturday morning, April 28, at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Spring Wild Edibles workshop you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild plants available this time of year and how you can eat them.
Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill, still others for fun. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, nourish your body, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces.
At the 10 a.m.-noon workshop you can discover 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 you head outside to identify edibles growing and blooming in the spring. You will also learn about plants you definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, you can taste samples and discuss easy ways to make wild plants part of your meal.
Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at Audubon who has been enthusiastically eating “weeds” for several years.
With both inside and outside components, this 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, and can be made by calling (716) 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, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of beautifully 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.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.