Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Schedule for the Year 2017.


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. 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
Thurs. Jan. 199:30 AM - 11:00 AMWeston Garden Club
(slide show)
Weston, MA
Fri., February 39:45 AM - 10:30 AMLongwood Gardens*
(slide show - part of Today's Horticulture Symposium)(NOTE: this program is also available via an online webinar.)
Kennett Square, PA
Wed. Feb. 15 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM National Native Seed Conference*
(slide show)
Washington, DC
Thurs. Mar. 27:00 PM - 8:30 PMBurlington Public Library*
(slide show)
Burlington, MA
Tues., Mar. 76:30 PM - 8:00 PMGreat Marsh Garden Club of Rowley
(slide show)
Rowley, MA
Fri., Mar. 107:00 PM - 8:30 PMAvalonia Land Conservancy
(slide show)
Mystic, CT
Thurs. Mar. 162:00 PM - 3:30 PMClinton Community Library
(slide show)
Rhinebeck, NY
Thurs. Mar. 231:30 PM - 2:30 PMMass. Horticultural Society/Boston Flower and Garden Show*
(slide show)
Boston, MA
Thurs. Mar. 237:00 PM - 8:45 PMChelmsford Public Library
(slide show)
Chelmsford, MA
Sat., Mar. 258:45 AM -10:15 AMMass. Land Conservation Conference*
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Wed., Apr. 267:00 PM - 9:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(slide show)
Bristol, RI
Thurs. Apr. 277:00 PM - 8:30 PMNatural Resources Trust of Mansfield
(slide show) - (link to online version of slide show)
Mansfield, MA
Mon., May 17:00 PM - 9:00 PMPine Plains Free Library
(slide show)
Pine Plains, NY
Wed., May 177:00 PM - 9:00 PMNahant Preservation Trust
(slide show)
Nahant, MA
Tues. May 235:00 PM - 9:00 PM Merrimack Public Library*
(walk and slide show)
Merrimack, NH
Wed., May 246:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Thurs. May 25 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington Conservation (part of Freedom's Way Heritage Area's Hidden Treasures)Lexington, MA
Sat. May 271:00 PM - 4:30 PMHildene*Manchester, VT
Tues., May 306:00 PM - 8:00 PMAMC Boston Chapter Young Members CommitteeCambridge, MA
Thurs. June 16:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community Farm/Historic New England*Waltham, MA
Sat., June 310:00 AM - 1:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations/New England Wild Flower Society*Marblehead, MA
Thurs. June 86:00 PM - 8:00 PMBear-Paw Regional GreenwaysStrafford, NH
Monday, June 125:30 PM - 7:30 PMHolly Hill Organic Farm*Cohasset, MA
Tues., June 131:00 PM - 3:00 PMMassachusetts Horticultural Society*
(slide show and walk)
Wellesley, MA
Tues. June 136:00 - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Brookline, MA
Sat., June 172:30 PM - 5:00 PMLancaster Garden ClubLancaster, MA
Sun., June 1812:00 PM - 2:30 PMWildlands Trust of Southeastern MassachusettsBridgewater, MA
Tues., June 205:30 PM - 7:30 PMBarnstable Land Trust and Dennis Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Barnstable, MA
Wed., June 214:30 PM - 7:00 PMBarnstable Land Trust and Dennis Conservation TrustBarnstable, MA
Thurs. June 226:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustBrimfield, MA
Wed., June 286:00 PM - 8:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt AssociationEssex, MA
Mon., July 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMBuzzards Bay CoalitionAcushnet, MA
Tues., July 1112:00 noon - 2:30 PMWestport Land Conservation Trust*Westport, MA
Wed., July 127:00 PM - 8:30 PMCambridge Public Library/New England Wild Flower Society
(slide show)
Cambridge, MA
Tues., July 186:00 PM - 8:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI
Wed., July 194:00 PM - 5:00 PMHenry L. Ferguson Museum
(slide show)
Southold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Thurs. July 2010:00 AM - 12:00 noonHenry L. Ferguson MuseumSouthold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Fri. July 217:00 PM - 9:00 PMD Acres
(slide show)
Dorchester, NH
Sat., July 221:00 PM - 4:00 PMD Acres*#Dorchester, NH
Tues. July 256:00 - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*#Brookline, MA
Wed., July 266:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke Farm*Winchester, MA
Thurs. July 2711:00 AM - 3:00 PMEssex National Heritage Area*Salem, MA
(Bakers Island)
Mon., July 316:00 PM - 8:00 PMNorthwest ParkWindsor, CT
Thurs. Sept 7 4:00 PM - 7:00 PMMaine Audubon Society/Wild Seed Project*Falmouth, MA
Tues., Sept. 126:00 PM - 8:00 PMTruro Public Library
(slide show)
Truro, MA
Mon., Sept. 1812:00 noon - 2:00 PMWarren Land Conservation TrustWarren, RI
Tues. Sept. 194:30 PM - 7:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Sun., Sept. 242:00 PM - 3:00 PMMaine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association/Wild Seed Project
(slide show and live demo, taking place at the Common Ground Country Fair)
Unity, ME
Wed., Oct. 47:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary*
(slide show)
Topsfield, MA
Sat., Nov. 410:00 AM - 11:15 AMMassachusetts Trails Conference*
(slide show)
Leominster, MA

= 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:
Mass. Hort./Boston Flower and Garden Show (John Forti, jforti@masshort.org); Mass. Land Conservation Conference (Kathy McGrath, (978) 443-5588); The Trustees of Reservations (Newbury and Marblehead: capeann@ttor.org) (Canton: Julie Early, jearly@thetrustees.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Hildene (Stephanie Moffett Hynds, (802) 367-7960); Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Tala Wunderler-Selby, (401)245-7500 ext. 3112); Waltham Fields Community Farm (Ms. Alex Lennon-Simon, (781) 899-2403 ext. 2); Maine Audubon Society (Eric Topper, (207) 221-8972); Wright-Locke Farm (rcarter@wlfarm.org); Essex Heritage (Meredith George, (978)-740-0444); Massachusetts Trails Conference (Anne Capra,(413) 824-1148).

[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: 8/13/17


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