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



Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some of the programs listed below, especially the indoor slide shows taking place from March 15 - April 15, have been postponed or cancelled. Please check the links or contact numbers for the respective sponsors for each event to learn of its status.

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
Thurs. April 9 6:30 - 8:00 PMPaul Pratt (Cohasset Public) Library
(slide show)
Cohasset, MA
Tues., April 217:00 PM - 8:30 PMSouthborough Public Library
(slide show)
Southborough, MA
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
Mon., May 117:00 PM - 8:45 PMPortsmouth Public Library
(slide show)
Portsmouth, NH
Wed. May 131:00 PM - 4:00 PMNative Plant Trust*
(walk)
Acton, MA
Wed. May 136:30 PM - 8:00 PMArnold Arboretum*
(slide show)
Jamaica Plain, MA
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 286:30 PM - 8:00 PM Rodgers (Hudson Public) Library
(slide show)
Hudson, NH
Sat., May 301:30 PM - 4:00 PMMass. Rivers Alliance*
(walk)
Great Barrington, MA
Wed., June 36:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*
(walk)
Boston, MA
Thurs. June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm/Historic New England*
(walk)
Waltham, MA
Mon., June 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington Conservation
(walk)
Lexington, MA
Tues., June 95:30 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*
(walk)
Lincoln, MA
Wed., June 106:00 PM - 8:30 PMHolly Hill Farm
(walk)
Cohasset, MA
Wed., June 174:00 PM - 6:00 PMDennis Conservation Trust
(walk)
Brewster, MA
Tues., June 23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AMOrchard Valley Garden Club
(slide show)
Southington, CT
Thurs. June 255:30 PM - 8:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*
(walk)
Newbury, MA
Sat., June 273:30 PM - 6:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island
(walk)
Bristol, RI
Sun., June 289:00 AM - 12:00 noonMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife SanctuaryMarblehead, MA
Mon., July 136:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*
(walk)
North Andoverm MA
Tues. July 14T.B.A.North County Land Trust
(walk)
Sterling, MA
Wed. July 156:30 PM - 8:00 PMArnold Arboretum*
(slide show)
Jamaica Plain, MA
Thurs., July 166:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*
(walk)
Boston, MA
Mon., July 201:30 PM - 4:30 PMTower Hill Botanic Garden*
(slide show and walk)
Boylston, MA
Tues., July 215:30 PM - 8:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt Association*
(walk)
Essex, MA
Wed. July 226:00 PM - 8:00 PMArnold Arboretum*
(walk)
Jamaica Plain, MA
Thurs. July 23T.B.A.Essex National Heritage Area*
(walk)
Salem, MA
Sat. July 25T.B.A.D Acres/Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence
(walk)
Dorchester, NH
Sat., Sept. 121:00 PM - 4:00 PMWare River Nature Club
(walk)
Hubbardston, MA

Additional walks and talks will be posted here once details are worked out with program sponsors. = 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); Hildene (Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, (802) 367-7960, stephanie@hildene.org; Mass. Rivers Alliance (Julia Blatt, (617) 714-4272, juliablatt@massriversalliance.org; Arnold Arboretum (Pam Thompson, (617) 384-5277); Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Audubon Society of Rhode Island (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm (Jessica Herwick, (781) 899-2403); Maine Audubon Society (Eric Topper, (207) 221-8972); Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Emma Kerr, (508) 869-6111 x120); Essex Heritage (978)-740-0444); Mass. Audubon Drumlin Farm (Maricela Escobar, 781-259-2245); Mass. Audubon Ipswich River (978) 887-9264; 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: 3/15/20


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