MATT'S HABITATS

Matthew Cohen - Matt@MattsHabitats.com

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.

UPCOMING WALK

EARLY FALL FORAGING: CHESTNUTS, PERSIMMONS, WILD GREENS & MORE - Chevy Chase, MD

Sunday, October 14 - 9am-noon
Fee: $30/person

Enjoy the beginning of fall with some botanizing and foraging. We'll be on the lookout for the first persimmons, the last chestnuts, bountiful black walnuts, bur cucumber, wild grape, wood sorrel, chickweed, bittercress, mugwort, shiso, jewelweed, smartweed, cattail, and more. Walking around 1.5 miles on flat, paved paths and grassy areas.

BEFORE REGISTERING SCROLL DOWN TO READ WALK INFO/POLICIES BELOW.



HENS, HONEYS, OYSTERS & OTHER FALL FUNGI - NW DC

Saturday, October 13 - 9am-noon
Fee: $30/person

Hens, honeys, oysters, chickens, puffballs, turkey tails -- the fall mushrooms are popping up! On this walk, we should see most, if not all of these mushrooms, plus many more. You'll learn about the fascinating world of fungi and learn the basics of mushroom identification including which groups of mushrooms are relatively safe to eat and which groups to avoid. And don't forget the trees, without them there wouldn't be many mushroomsYou will go home with hen-of-the woods, aka maitake -- I've found quite a lot that I'm happy to share! Walking around 2 miles on trails & some tromping through the woods



NEXT EVENTS: Saturday, Oct 20 and/or Sunday, Oct 21 I plan to do walks with a focus on either mushroom identification or wild nuts/acorn processing. Keep posted by getting on my mailing list.


IMPORTANT WALK INFORMATION AND POLICIES

NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS
All purchases are final and not refundable for any reason. 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.

DIRECTIONS WILL BE EMAILED
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 (matt@mattshabitats.com) to your contacts list so my emails don't end up going to your spam box.

RAIN DATES AND CANCELLATIONS
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.

CAN I BRING MY DOG/CHILD?
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).

PRIVATE WALKS
I'm available for hire to lead walks for private groups such as scouts, homeschool groups, church groups, birthday parties, etc.

For 1-3 people, my rate is $75 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.

For ideas on walks with your group, just look at the walks scheduled above. I can usually do a walk for a private group to the same area focusing on the same topics. I'm also open to other topics or locations you'd like to explore. Contact me at: matt@mattshabitats.com to see if we can work something out.
PICTURES/REPORTS OF PREVIOUS WALKS

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


TESTIMONIALS

"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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