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

SOLD OUT - FALL MUSHROOMS

Saturday November 17 - 10am-1pm
Fee: $30/person

Strolling through the woods we'll keep an eye out for some tasty edible mushrooms as well as some highly regarded medicinal mushrooms like hen-of-the-woods (aka maitake), honeys, enoki, puffballs, wood ears, oysters, and turkey tails. We'll also come across many other interesting mushrooms, learn to id some of the trees they are associated with, and check out some wild edible/useful plants. There'll be no picking due to park regulations, but you will be able to sample and bring home some wild maitake with you at the end of the walk (i've been finding a lot lately!) Walking up to 2.5 miles mostly on trails but also a bit of bushwacking.

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



NEXT EVENTS: Will be doing at least a couple more walks before the end of the year. There are still wild foods to find and plants to learn about even into the winter. Keep posted by getting on my mailing list.


IMPORTANT WALK INFORMATION AND POLICIES

NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS
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.

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 a birthday celebration, scouts, homeschool groups, church groups, 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