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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.

Sunday, April 30 - 

Fee: $30/person

Some superb wild edibles are now in season that you don't want to miss. Sweet black locust flowers and succulent bamboo shoots are at their prime. These delicious edibles are probably growing in your neighborhood -- learn how to collect and prepare them, and you'll be eating well for the next couple of weeks! Another great wild edible, common milkweed, is just poking up too -- learn to distinguish this tasty veggie from its poisonous look-alike, dogbane. And we'll come across lots of other wild edibles to learn about and sample including field garlic, cattail, wild carrot, dock, sweet cicely, pokeweed, sassafras, spicebush, and wood sorrel. Walking around 1 mile on grass and trails with some hilly, tricky terrain. The walk meeting location is about 1 mile from Takoma Metro.

Before registering scroll down and read the walk info/policies below. 
(9 of 15 spaces open)

NEXT EVENT: This walk may be repeated the weekend of May 6th


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.

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.

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.

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: to see if we can work something out.

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


"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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