MATT'S HABITATS



Matthew Cohen - 202-841-1874 - Matt@MattsHabitats.com

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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.

UPCOMING WALK
SOLD OUT — SPRING WILD EDIBLES & MOREL MUSHROOMS (HOPEFULLY!) - MCLEAN, VA
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 - 9am-1pm (Rain Date: 4/29)
Fee: $40/person

At this location we've found anywhere from just a few up to several dozen morel mushrooms for 8 of the last 10 years, but nothing is guaranteed when looking for these stealthy little masters of camouflage. So, even if the morels have taken a year off, 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, redbuds, 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 SCROLL DOWN TO READ WALK INFO/POLICIES BELOW.

NEXT EVENTS: Next walk will be Sunday May 5th or Saturday May 11th. 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. 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: 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

"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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