Take a walk through the woods and a surrounding neighborhood to find out about every edible, medicinal, and useful plants, fruit, and mushrooms from the forest floor to the treetops, lawns, sidewalk cracks, and even the landscaping around homes.
Join Dave Odd, Chicago’s only full-time professional forager with more than 25 years experience in the field, for an eye-opening exploration.
Discover in real time a field guide of all the wild edible plants that grow right in your own backyard during three different field trips throughout the spring and summer. Seeing 50 species is guaranteed and upwards of 70 to 80 are usually seen. Everything you discover will be described in easy terminology. Walk away with useful knowledge to use for a lifetime and perhaps change the way you look at landscapes around you. Questions are welcomed throughout the expedition.
May Field Trip: Forage for spring edible/medicinal greens, flowers, herbs, and possibly mushrooms.
June Field Trip: Forage for edible/medicinal spring berries and fruits, as well as herbs, greens, and possibly mushrooms.
July Field Trip: Forage for finding and identifying summer mushrooms, berries, and edible and medicinal plants.
August Field Trip: Forage for finding and identifying summer mushrooms, berries, and edible and medicinal plants.
September Field Trip: Forage for finding late summer and early fall mushrooms as well as edible and medicinal plants.
While the walk through woodlands is at a relaxed pace, the terrain may be uneven, muddy, or present physical challenges. Dress for the weather and natural environments and bring a bottle of water. If weather is questionable, please call Odd on his cell, 847-409-8623. You will be emailed the location(s) closer to time of class. You must agree to social distancing and current COVID-19 State/County requirements to participate. Space is limited. Register early.
May Field Trip Date Sat., May 15, Rain date, Sunday, May. 16
June Field Trip Date Sat., June 19, Rain date, Sun., June 20
June Field Trip Date Sat., June 19, Rain date, Sunday, June 20
July Field Trip Date Sat., July 10, Rain date, Sun., July 11
August Field Trip Date Sat., Aug. 21, Rain date, Sun., Aug. 22
Time 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, bring a snack and bottled water
Cost $50/40 payment 10 days in advance per level
Cost for Three Field Trips $130/110 payment 10 days in advance