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.
MOREL MUSHROOM HUNT AND SPRING WILDFLOWERS - MCLEAN, VA
Saturday, April 22 - 9am-1pm (Rain date: 4/23)
At this location we've found at least a handful of morel mushrooms for 7 of the last 9 years (including last weekend), but nothing is guaranteed when looking for these stealthy little masters of camouflage. So, even if the morels are finished up, we'll be rewarded with a scenic walk with lots of spring wildflowers, a waterfall, and lots of edible plants (e.g. sweet birch, nettles, violets, ramps, garlic mustard) to learn about and sample. Walking around 3 miles on hilly, uneven terrain, with some tricky stream crossings and scrambling over fallen trees.
Before registering, be sure to scroll down and read the walk info/policies below.
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NEXT EVENT: April 29 or May 6 -- Shoots & Flowers
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contacts list so my emails don't end up going to your spam box.
RAIN DATES AND CANCELLATIONS
Outings will be rescheduled to the rain date (usually the following day) 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 the rain date is also 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).
I'm available for hire to lead walks for private groups such as scouts, homeschool groups, church groups, birthday parties, etc. My rate is $150 for the first hour plus $30 each additional 1/2 hour, plus my round-trip driving time. Payment can be divided among all participants. I like to limit groups to around 15 participants.
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: email@example.com to see if we can work something out.
IN THE PRESS
PICTURES/REPORTS OF PREVIOUS WALKS
March -- Last Day of Winter Walk
September -- Paw Paws on the Potomac
October -- Mushroom IDNovember -- Fall Fruits on the C&O Canal
December -- Winter Plant & Tree Identification
"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
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