Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Preliminary Schedule for the Year 2016.


Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

Leader/Instructor: Russ Cohen


Please contact Russ at eatwild@rcn.com or (781) 646-7489 (h) 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' 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. Click here to view the October, 2014 edition of "Books and Beyond", in which Ellen Meyers of the Newton Free Library interviews Russ in advance of his foraging presentation at the Library. (This show won a Second Place award in the Talk Show category from the Alliance for Community Media-Northeast Region at its 17th Annual Video Festival.)

DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Jan. 169:00 AM - 10:15 AMNortheast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)/Mass. Winter Conference *
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Sat.,Jan. 309:00 AM - 10:15 AMNortheast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)/New Hampshire (NH) Winter Conference*
(slide show)
Concord, NH
Sat., Mar. 1911:00 AM - 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMConnecticut Master Gardener Association Symposium*
(slide show)
New London, CT
Sat., Apr. 212:45 PM - 2:15 PMMass. Land Conservation Conference*
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Tues., Apr. 127:00 PM - 9:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(slide show)
Bristol, RI
Tues. Apr. 19T.B.A.Northfield Public Library
(slide show)
Northfield, MA
Sat., May 71:00 PM - 5:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt Association*North Andover, MA
Sun., May 81:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations/New England Wild Flower Society*Newbury, MA
Tues. May 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMNorthfield Public LibraryNorthfield, MA
T.B.A.T.B.A.Nashua River Watershed AssociationNashua, NH
T.B.A.6:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustT.B.A., MA
Sunday, May 15T.B.A.Boston Public Market/The Trustees of Reservations*Boston, MA
Tues., May 176:30 PM - 9:00 PMPeabody Institute Library of Danvers
(slide show)
Danvers, MA
Sat., May 21T.B.A.Hildene/Transition Town Manchester*Manchester, VT
Wed., May 256:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
T.B.A.1:00 PM - 5:00 PMSudbury Valley Trustees*Sudbury, MA
Sun., June 129:00 AM - 12:00 noonThe Trustees of Reservations/Mass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife SanctuaryMarblehead, MA
Tues., June 21T.B.A.Barnstable Land TrustBarnstable, MA
Wed., June 296:00 PM - 8:00 PMCohasset Conservation TrustCohasset, MA
Mon., July 116:00 PM - 8:00 PMFruitlands*Harvard, MA
Wed. Sept. 2810:00 AM - 11:30 AMNorth Stonington Garden Club
(slide show)
N. Stonington, CT
Wed. Sept. 281:00 PM - 3:00 PMNorth Stonington Garden ClubN. Stonington, CT
Sat., Oct. 19:00 AM - 12:00 noonMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Thur. Nov. 177:00 PM - 9:00 PMDudley Historical Society
(slide show)
Dudley, MA

Additional programs may be added to this schedule as arrangements are worked out with sponsors.

[NOTE: 2016 PROGRAMS ARE ABOVE THIS LINE; PREVIOUS PROGRAMS FROM 2015 ARE BELOW THIS LINE.]
DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Feb. 71:00 PM - 3:00 PMWestport Land Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Westport, MA
Wed., Feb. 117:30 PM - 8:30 PM Ecological Landscape Alliance
(webinar)
Online
Thurs. Mar. 193:30 PM - 4:30 PM Connecticut Cooperative Extension
(slide show - part of 2015 Garden Conference)
Storrs, CT
Sat., Apr. 1111:20 AM - 12:20 PMMarshfield Agricultural Commission
(part of "The Backyard Farm and Garden" lecture series)
Marshfield, MA
Thurs. Apr. 167:00 PM - 8:30 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island/
(slide show)
Bristol, RI
Thurs. May 74:30 PM - 6:30 PMNunckatesset GreenwayBridgewater, MA
Thurs. May 286:30 PM - 8:00 PMLawrence Library (located in Pepperell, MA)
(slide show)
Pepperell, MA
Tues. June 27:00 PM - 9:00 PMLynnfield Tree Committee(co-sponsored by the Lynnfield Public Library and the Lynnfield Cultural Council)
(slide show)
Lynnfield, MA
Wed. June 36:00 PM - 8:00 PMLynnfield Tree Committee(co-sponsored by the Lynnfield Public Library and the Lynnfield Cultural Council)Lynnfield, MA
Thurs. June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustBrimfield, MA
Mon., June 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMBeverly Open Space and Recreation CommitteeBeverly, MA
Wed., June 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMSiena FarmsSudbury, MA
Thurs. June 114:30 PM - 7:00 PMYork Land TrustYork, ME
Sun., June 141:00 PM - 4:00 PMNew England Wild Flower Society/
The Trustees of Reservations*
Marblehead, MA
Tues. June 165:00 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's North River Wildlife Sanctuary
(slide show + walk)
Marshfield, MA
Wed. June 176:00 PM - 8:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI
Thurs. June 187:00 PM - 8:30 PMMass. Horticultural SocietyWellesley, MA
Mon., June 22 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Appalachian Mountain Club Boston Chapter Local Walks Committee/
Blue Heron Organic Farm
Lincoln, MA
Wed., June 246:00 PM - 8;00 PMEcological Landscape Alliance*Belmont, MA
Tues. July 77:00 PM - 9:00 PMNeedham Public Library
(slide show)
Needham, MA
Thurs. July 95:00 PM - 7:30 PMNeedham Public LibraryNeedham, MA
Sat., July 1111:30 AM - 1:00 PMWestport Farmers Market/
Westport Town Farm
Westport, MA
Thurs. July 167:00 PM - 9:00 PMMahoosuc Land Trust
(slide show)
Albany, ME
Fri., July 178:30 AM - 3:00 PMMahoosuc Land Trust
(part of Androscoggin Source to Sea canoe trip)
Shelburne, NH & Gilead, ME
Mon. July 205:00 PM - 7:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Tues., July 216:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke FarmWinchester, MA
Tues., Aug. 259:30 AM - 12:00 NoonWare River Nature ClubRutland, MA
Thur. Aug. 285:00 PM - 7:00 PMDennis Conservation TrustDennis, MA
Tues., Sept 15:00 PM - 7:00 PMAMC Young Members Committee*Cambridge, MA
Sat., Sept. 129:30 AM - 12:00 NoonBear-Paw Regional GreenwaysPittsfield, NH
Tues., Sept. 154:00 PM - 6:00 PMCohasset Conservation TrustCohasset, MA
Thurs. Sept. 247:00 PM - 9:00 PMWare River Nature Club
(slide show)
Rutland, MA
Sat., Oct. 241:00 PM - 2:10 PMNH Master Gardener and Natural Resources Stewards annual recognition conference
(slide show)
Hooksett, NH

= 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, emails or registration links:
The Trustees of Reservations (Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Friends of Fresh Pond: (Elizabeth Wylde, (617) 349-6489); Mass. Audubon North River (Laura Maloney, (781) 837-9400 ext. 7907); Ecological Landscape Alliance (Penny Lewis, (617)436-5838); AMC Young Members (Rachael White, rachael.elizabeth.white@gmail.com); Hildene (Stephanie Moffett Hynds, (802) 367-7960); Sudbury Valley Trustees (Debbie Pullen, 978-443-5588)

[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: 1/31/16


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