Matthew Cohen -

Wild Foods & Nature Walks Gardens About Matt    

Want to deepen your connection to nature? Come out on a walk and learn to identify plants and mushrooms. And, discover that some are pretty tasty to eat!

Walks are in the Washington, DC metro area and geared toward adults. All walks will teach you how to identify lots of plants including edible ones. We will gather wild edibles only where allowed and sample edible native species only when abundant.

CLICK HERE to get email notifications about social distance walk opportunities/topics
and to get notifications when group walks resume

CLICK HERE to follow Matt's Habitats on Instagram for photos and detailed information about what's currently happening in the natural world
and particular wild foods that are in season.


In Person One-On-One Walks: We will both wear face masks and maintain 6' of distance. I am open to more than one person so long as you are living together in the same household (e.g. couples, families, roommates). I have a done a several of these and it has worked out pretty well, with lots of sampling and distance pointing using a laser pointer. $50-$100 for the first hour, $25 each half hour thereafter paid via paypal. Email for more info.

Virtual Walks: Anywhere you'd like to explore (your yard, neighborhood, park, etc). I can do video calls but I'm finding this works best with wifi/high bandwidth connections. If the internet connection isn't good, we can set up an audio conversation (phone or google hangouts) and you can text photos real time while walking about. Another option is to go out on your own and snap a bunch of pictures and then we can discuss them at an appointed time over the phone. $30-$50 per hour paid via paypal. Email for more info.

Contact me if you have other ideas.

I'll also be periodically posting various in-season wild foods or other nature-related phenomena on my Instagram page.

Until the situation settles down with COVID-19, I won't be scheduling any group walks.

Virtual Walk Testimonials:
"The virtual plant walk with Matt was a blast! He helped me identify/confirm over a dozen plants that I seen on my daily walks and been curious about. The technical aspects of communicating about plants via voice and photos worked surprisingly well." -Rustom M.

"I have attended many of Matt's in person classes and through this have really expanded my foraging knowledge. Not having an option to do any plant walks this year due to covid, Matt's virtual plant walk ended up being a great way to further my knowledge of plant identification without having to leave my house. I wasn't sure how it would work out but it ended up being a great way to get a one on one tour of plant species around my property. I really expected nothing less with Matt, who is one of the more knowledgeable people I've met in the foraging community." -Bryan P.


All purchases are final and not refundable. I don't give credits for future walks, but you can transfer your payment to another person and have them attend in your place.

Please consider your ability to physically handle weather, trail conditions, and length of the walk before registering.

After you register for a walk, you'll receive an email the day before the walk with details including directions. If you don't, please contact me. Be sure to add my email ( to your contacts list so my emails don't end up going to your spam box.

If a rain date is listed in the walk description, the walk will be rescheduled to the rain date if there is steady rain. I'll send out an email at least an hour and a half before the walk if that's the case. I don't offer refunds if the outing is rescheduled to the rain date, so keep the rain date open in your schedule. If there is no rain date or if the rain date is a washout, your payment will be refunded via paypal.

If there are less than 8 signups for a particular event, I may cancel it. If you registered, I'll notify you and your payment will be refunded via paypal.

I don't allow dogs on my walks. As far as children, that's a maybe. Walks posted above are tailored toward adults. I don't encourage folks to register children under 10 although some kids have done fine. Sometimes though parents have had to leave early or spent more time with their child than learning with the group. I do frequently lead private walks oriented toward children (see below).

I'm available for hire to lead walks for private groups such as a birthday celebration, scouts, homeschool groups, church groups, work retreats, etc.

For 1-3 people, my rate is $100 for the first hour plus $25 for each additional 1/2 hour plus my round-trip driving time. 

For groups of 3 or more, my rate is $150 for the first hour plus $30 each additional 1/2 hour, plus my round-trip driving time.

I can usually repeat the walk scheduled above for private groups but I am open to other topics (winter/summer tree id, mushroom identification, invasive vs native plants, etc) or locations you'd like to explore. Contact me at: to discuss and see if we can work something out.

I also am available for giving powerpoint presentations to groups (garden clubs, nature enthusiasts, etc) on wild edible plants and/or mushrooms. This is a fun way to "armchair" forage and pique interest in what wild foods can be found locally throughout the year. My rate is generally $150 for a 1-hour presentation.


March -- Last Day of Winter Walk
September -- Nuts!
October -- Mushroom ID
November -- Fall Fruits on the C&O Canal


"I have taken so much of what I learned from you on my own hikes and have shared the knowledge with my family and friends.  Thank you!!!"  -- Renee Cantori

"The foraging was a GREAT birthday present. Matt was really good. I learned so much and have many new things to eat!" -- Adam S.

"Matt is knowledgeable and was fantastic communicating with our group which spanned about 6 decades in age." -- Sidra F.

"We cannot thank you enough for your awesome guidance at the Nature Club. The kids (and parents) learned an incredible amount in such a short time. Our daughter has been scouring our yard for edible plants ever since! You are a skilled teacher and I hope we can tap into your knowledge again in the future!" -- Parent from a private walk

"We wanted to thank you again for a great learning experience on Sunday. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. You will definitely see us again on a walk!" -- Matt S.

"My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed your back yard edibles tour. She was bouncy all day long and we've been eating great salads enhanced with stuff from our yard." -- Kimbra & Ellie

Matt's walk was fantastic!  I'm so glad I went, even though it was hard to wake my body up that morning!  I really enjoyed seeing all of the spring ephemerals- most of these were flowers I had never seen before." -- Jessy

Key words: Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, foraging, wild edibles, mushrooms, fungi, eat, food, urban foraging

(c) 2006 Matthew Cohen. All photos by Matthew Cohen and Elizabeth Hargrave.

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