Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Talks -
Schedule for the Year 2020.



Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, many of the "in person" programs listed below, taking place from March 15 through the end of June, were postponed or cancelled. Please check the links or contact numbers for the respective sponsors for each event to learn of its status. THAT SAID: Note the upcoming "in person" wild edibles walk on 10/6, as well as a video of a virtual wild edible walk, along the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, MA, which was filmed at the end of May. In addition: many of the online talks have been archived; if the word "online" is clickable, you should be able to access it.

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen


Please contact Russ at eatwild@rcn.com or (781) 646-7489 (h) for more information. Click Here for information on Russ's foraging book: "Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten". Copies of the book will be available at all the events below. FYI, an excerpt of Russ' book can be read on-line in the Jan/Feb 2005 edition of Spirit of Change Magazine. Click here to see and listen to Russ' October 2013 appearance on NPR affiliate WGBH, including video clips and an interview on Boston Public Radio, about fall foraging opportunities in eastern Massachusetts. Click here to read "Outdoor Dining: Foraging with Russ Cohen", a profile appearing in the September/October 2014 edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club's AMC Outdoors magazine.

DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Jan. 1811:00 AM - 12:15 PMMt. Cuba Center*
(slide show)
Hockessin, DL
Thurs. Jan. 307:00 PM - 9:00 PMBoxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust
(slide show)
Boxford, MA
Thurs. March 5 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM and
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ecological Landscape Alliance*
(slide show and hands-on workshop)
Amherst, MA
Wed. March 187:00 PM - 8:30 PMThe Trustees of Reservations'
Stevens-Coolidge Place
*
(slide show)
North Andover, MA
Tues. March 31 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMSociety for the Protection of NH Forests
(slide show)
Hillsboro, NH
Tues., April 217:00 PM - 8:30 PMSouthborough Public Library
(slide show)
Southborough, MA
Fri., April 245:30 PM - 6:45 PMNOFA/MASS
(free webinar)
online
Wed., April 29:6:30 PM - 8:00 PMDerry Public Library
(slide show)
Derry, NH
Wed. May 67:30 PM - 9:00 PMNewbury Court
(slide show)
Concord, MA
Wed. May 131:00 PM - 4:00 PMNative Plant Trust*
(walk)
Acton, MA
Wed., May 137:00 PM - 8:45 PMPortsmouth Public Library
(webinar)
online
Thurs. May 147:00 PM - 8:15 PMBoston Food Forest Coalition
(webinar)
online
Mon. May 186:00 PM - 8:00 PMBolton Conservation Commission
(walk)
Bolton, MA
Wed. May 206:00 PM - 8:00 PMArnold Arboretum*
(walk)
Jamaica Plain, MA
Sun., May 24T.B.A.Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home*
(slide show and walk)
Manchester, VT
Wed., May 27 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wachusett Greenways
(walk)
T.B.A., MA
Thurs. May 287:00 PM - 8:30 PM Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions*
(webinar)
online
Sat., May 301:30 PM - 4:00 PMMass. Rivers Alliance*
(online video)
Filmed in Great Barrington, MA
Thurs. June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm*/Historic New England*
(virtual walk)
online
Mon., June 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington Conservation
(walk)
Lexington, MA
Thurs. June 113:30 PM - 5:00 PMPaul Pratt Public Library
(aka Cohasset Public Library)
(slide show)
online
Wed., June 177:00 - 8:30 PMBrewster Conservation Trust
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 17:00 PM - 8:15 PMMount Grace Land Conservation Trust
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 87:00 PM - 8:30 PMWild Seed Project
(slide show)
online
Wed., July 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*
(walk)
North Andover, MA
Tues., July 21onlineEssex County Greenbelt Association*
(virtual walk)
online- filmed in Essex, MA
Thurs. July 237:00 PM - 8:30 PMRodgers (Hudson, NH Public) Library*
(slide show)
online
Sat., July 253:30 PM - 6:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(walk)
Bristol, RI
Sun. July 2610:45 AM - 12:15 PMNortheast Regional Permaculture Convergence
(webinar)
online
Tues. Aug. 46:00 PM - 7:30 PMNorth County Land Trust
(slide show)
online
Thur., Aug. 67:00 PM - 8:30 PMWildlands Trust
(slide show)
online
Fri., Aug.287:00 PM - 8:15 PMSippican Lands Trust
(slide show)
online
Sat., Sept. 121:00 PM - 4:00 PMWare River Nature Club
(walk)
Hubbardston, MA
Tues. Sept. 151:00 PM - 4:00 PM D Acres
(walk)
Dorchester, NH
Sept. TBDTBDNorth County Land Trust
(walk)
Sterling, MA
Tuesday, Oct. 63:00 PM - 5:00 PMTower Hill Botanic Garden*
(walk)
Boylston, MA
Tuesday, Oct. 67:00 PM - 8:30 PMMorse Institute (Natick Public) Library
(slide show)
online
Wed. October 147:00 PM - 8:30 PMSomerville Garden Club
(slide show)
online
Wed., October 216:30 PM - 8:00 PMDerry Public Library
(slide show)
online

TBD = to be determined = includes a wild foods tasting, cooking demonstration and/or dinner;
# = class is already full
* = It is necessary to pre-register directly with the Sponsor for these events. Click on the link(s) provided for each respective event for more info, or contact the sponsor via the following telephone numbers or emails:
Mt. Cuba Center: Duncan Himmelman, (302) 239-8803; Ecological Landscape Alliance (Penny Lewis, ela.info@comcast.net); Stevens-Coolidge Place (Kate Bibeau, (978) 356-4351 x3202), kbibeau@thetrustees.org); Native Plant Trust (Lindsey Schreier, (508) 877-7630 x3303); Mass. Rivers Alliance (Julia Blatt, (617) 714-4272, juliablatt@massriversalliance.org; Audubon Society of Rhode Island (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm (Jessica Herwick, (781) 899-2403); Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Kyle Jacoby, (508) 869-6111 x101); Essex Heritage (978)-740-0444); Essex County Greenbelt Association (Jane Rumrill, (978) 768-7241); Wild Seed Project:info@wildseedproject.net.

[Note: For those of you who haven't as yet attended one of the outdoor walks/courses, we usually encounter 25-40 different species of edible wild plants (and, in season, pending favorable weather conditions, mushrooms). Keys to the identification of each species are provided, as well as information about its edible portion(s), season(s)of availability, flavor and nutritive value, and some tips on preparation if necessary. Guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging are also provided. Participants often find a jackknife and several bags for collecting samples useful as well as a notebook and pen. Those who have already been on one or more of these walks often find a refresher course of great value. In addition, there is a constantly changing variety of edible wild plants throughout the year, even at the same location, so that different plants are typically encountered on each visit. If you are especially interested in mushrooms (edible and otherwise), you might also want to check out the Boston Mycological Club. ]

Last update: 9/23/20


Information on Russ's foraging book: "Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten"
Foraging articles by or about Russ in Mass. Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Edible Boston Magazine, AMC Outdoors Magazine, etc.
Russ Cohen's Biography
Comprehensive (as of 1999) Edible Wild Plant etc. Bibliography, plus updated excerpt
Recipes, including "Faux Gumbo" and "100% Wild Salad" as prepared on the PBS Victory Garden TV program
List of Sponsoring Organizations of Russ' foraging programs