I’ll be offering a series of edible wild plant hikes in Summit County, Colorado, as noncredit courses (Continuing Education) through Colorado Mountain College this summer. There are still slots open for the first hike on Saturday, June 8, to take place on the River Trail in Breckenridge from 9-11 am.
We’ll be identifying local edible wild plants and plant parts in the high country, with discussion on safe practices for identification, collection, and consumption, both for individual plants and edible wild plants as a whole. We will also discuss foraging topics including collection policies for public lands and how to forage responsibly so that plants can regenerate. There will be some opportunities for taste-testing, but we will not be foraging food in quantity.
The walks are limited to 12 participants and cost $20, with signups taking place through the college. Fill out the Registration Form and submit payment, either online at http://www.coloradomtn.edu (go to Classes>Register for Classes) or in person at CMC Breckenridge (107 Denison Placer Road; 970-453-6757) or Dillon (333 Fiedler Avenue; 970-468-5989). Folks who have taken a CMC class in the past 10 months can phone or fax in the Registration Form.
All walks take place from 9-11 a.m. on the following dates:
- Saturday, June 8 – River Trail, Breckenridge; The walk meets behind CMC Breckenridge (107 Denison Placer Rd.) on the new back patio, but registration must be done in advance.
- Friday, July 12 – Location TBA
- Saturday, July 13 – Location TBA
- Friday, August 2 – Location TBA
- Saturday, August 3 – Location TBA
The dates are spread out so that different plants will be in season, and may or may not take place in different locales, to be announced. Participants should be able to hike 1 to 3 miles. Bring a notebook, pencil, camera, bags (plastic grocery bags work well) and/or jars/containers and water. I’m also aiming to make picture booklets for plants to be discussed. If all goes according to plans, those will be available for $3 each to cover printing costs.
Back Yard Consultations
In addition to the hikes, I am also available for back yard/local area scouting and culinary demos by private appointment in Summit County and other high country regions, the Front Range, and Denver. For info on that, please drop me a line using the Contact Form. Thanks!
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