Saturday Afternoon, September 15
Contributed Article – Audubon Community Nature Center
Jamestown, N.Y. – Increase your knowledge, and nature can be your grocery store.
You can learn to identify fall fruits, nuts, and other wild plants available this time of year and how you can eat them on Saturday, September 15, 2-4 p.m., at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Fall Wild Edibles workshop.
Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill, still others for fun. Foraging is 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.
The class begins with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles. Then you head outside to identify edibles available in early fall. 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.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and up to a 1.5 mile walk.
With limited enrollment, fee for the workshop is $16 for adults, $12 for Nature Center members and children ages 9-15. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, September 13, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at www.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.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.