Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Preliminary Schedule for the Year 2014.


Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen


Please contact Russ at (617) 626-1543 (w), (781) 646-7489 (h), or eatwild@rcn.com for more information. You may also want to check out the hot links at the bottom of this page, especially the foraging articles from Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Edible Boston Magazine, as well as the recipes for wild dishes prepared on the "Victory Garden" PBS TV show. 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. Listen to a foraging segment featuring Russ that aired on NPR affiliate WBUR's "Here and Now" program on 7/12/06. Click here to view a segment featuring Russ on "Fresh to Flavorful", a cooking program that airs on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Click here to see and listen to Russ' recent (October 2013) appearance on NPR affiliate WGBH, including video clips and an interview on Boston Public Radio, about fall foraging opportunities in eastern Massachusetts.
DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Tues., Mar. 113:00 PM - 5:00 PMSuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
(slide show)
Sudbury, MA
Thur, Mar. 207:00 PM - 900 PMForbush Bird Club
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Sun.,Mar. 237:30 PM - 9:00 PMActon Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Acton, MA
Sat., Mar. 2910:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Ashburnham Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Ashburnham, MA
Thur. Apr. 177:00 PM - 9:00 PMWilmington Public Library
(slide show)
Wilmington, MA
Tues, Apr. 227:00 PM - 8:30 PMReuben Hoar Library/Littleton Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Littleton, MA
Wed., Apr. 2311:30 AM and 1:00 PMMashantucket Pequot Museum
(slide show)
Ledyard, CT
Wed., May 75:00 PM - 7:00 PMNunckatesset GreenwayBridgewater, MA
Sat. May 101:00 PM - 5:00 PMNew England Wild Flower Society*Weston, MA
Sun., May 189:30 AM - 1:00 PM Westport River Watershed Alliance*Westport, MA
Mon, May 196:30 PM - 8:00 PMChelmsford Land Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Chelmsford, MA
Tues., May 206:00 PM - 8:00 PMWilmington Public Library/
Ipswich River Watershed Association
Wilmington, MA
Sat. May 24T.B.A.Mass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
(slide show)
T.B.A, MA
Sun. May 25T.B.A.Mass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife SanctuaryEdgartown, MA
Sat., May 311:00 PM - 4:30 PMTransition Towns Manchester/HildeneManchester, VT
Tues., June 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMFriends of Fresh Pond*Cambridge, MA
Thur. June 126:00 PM - 8:00 PMSudbury Valley TrusteesWayland, MA
Sun., June 154:30 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary/
The Trustees of Reservations*
Marblehead, MA
Mon., June 236:00 PM - 8:00 PMAppalachian Mountain Club, Worcester ChapterT.B.A., MA
Saturday, July 19T.B.A.Glynwood*Cold Spring, NY
Tues. July 226:00 PM - 8:00 PMNatural Resources Trust of MansfieldMansfield, MA
Wed., July 236:00 PM - 8:00 PMHolly Hill FarmCohasset, MA
Thurs. July 246:00 PM - 8:00 PMSherborn Forest and Trail AssociationSherborn, MA
Wed. July 306:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke FarmWinchester, MA
Thur. July 316:00 PM - 8:00 PMUpton Open Space Committee/Friends of Upton State ForestUpton, MA
T.B.A.6:00 PM - 8:00 PMCambridge Center for Adult Education*Cambridge, MA
T.B.A.T.B.A.Blue Heron Organic FarmLincoln, MA
T.B.A.6:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA

Additional programs will be added to this schedule as arrangments continue to be worked out with 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. Telephone numbers:

Mass. Audubon Ipswich River Sanctuary: (978) 887-9264; The Trustees of Reservations (Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Cambridge Center for Adult Education (Course Code WPLA): (617) 547-6789; Allandale Farm (Helen Glotzer, (617) 524-1531); Friends of Fresh Pond: (Elizabeth Wylde, (617) 349-6489).

[Note: For those of you who haven't as yet attended one of these 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: 3/16/14


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, 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