Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Schedule for the Year 2018.


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.

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DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Fri., Jan. 266:15 PM - 7:30 PMTemple Israel
(slide show)
Portsmouth, NH
Sat., Jan. 274:00 PM - 6:00 PMDamariscotta River Association
(slide show)
Damariscotta, ME
Tues. Feb. 1310:00 AM - 11:30 AMBedford Garden Club
(slide show)
Bedford, MA
Sat., Mar. 248:45 AM - 10:00 AMMass. Land Conservation Conference*
(slide show)
Worcester, MA
Sun. Apr. 159:00 AM - 9:30 AM2018 Northeastern Natural History Conference
(slide show)
Burlington, VT
Thur. Apr. 197:00 PM - 9:00 PMBerlin Land Trust/
Kensington Garden Club (slide show)
Berlin, CT
Wed., Apr. 257:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary*New England Wild Flower Society*
(slide show)
Topsfield, MA
Sun., April 291:30 PM - 4:00 PMKestrel Land Trust/Hilltown Land Trust/Grown in WesthamptonHadley, MA
Sun., May 131:30 PM - 4:30 PMMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary*Marblehead, MA
Wed., May 167:00 PM - 9:00 PMFinger Lakes Native Plant Society
(slide show)
Ithaca, NY
Mon., May 216:00 PM - 8:00 PMiFarm LLCBoxford, MA
Tues. May 225:00 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary*Lincoln, MA
Wed., May 236:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington Conservation
(part of Freedom's Way's Hidden Treasures Program)
Lexington, MA
Wed., May 306:00 PM - 7:30 PMNorwell Public Library
(slide show)
Norwell, MA
Thurs. May 314:00 PM - 6:00 PMBullard Farm Memorial AssociationHolliston, MA
Wed., June 66:00 PM - 8:00 PMWaltham Fields Community FarmWaltham, MA
Sun., June 101:00 PM - 4:00 PMGreat Barrington's Housatonic River WalkGreat Barrington, MA
Mon. June 114:00 PM - 5:00 PMBarnstable Land Trust
(slide show)
Barnstable, MA
Tues. June 124:00 PM - 7:00 PMBarnstable Land TrustBarnstable, MA
Wed., June 13 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMNorwell Public LibraryNorwell, MA
Fri., June 154:00 PM - 6:00 PMDamariscotta River AssociationDamariscotta, ME
Sat., June 169:00 AM - 12:00 NoonMaine Audubon/Wild Seed Project*Falmouth, ME
Sat., June 161:30 PM - 2:30 PMMaine Audubon/Wild Seed Project*
(slide show)
Falmouth, ME
Tues. June 195:00 PM - 7:00 PMBrewster Conservation Trust/Dennis Conservation TrustBrewster, MA
Wed. June 206:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Tues. June 266:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustSturbridge, MA
Tues. July 102:00 PM - 4:00 PMWestport Land Conservation TrustWestport, MA
Tues., July 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMBuzzards Bay CoalitionAcushnet, MA
Mon., July 166:00 PM - 8:00 PMEssex County Greenbelt AssociationEssex, MA
Wed. July 186:00 PM - 8:00PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI
Thurs. July 1910:00 AM - 2:00 PMEssex National Heritage Area*Salem, MA
(Bakers Island)
Fri., July 207:00 PM - 9:00 PMD Acres
(slide show)
Dorchester, NH
Sat., July 219:30 AM - 12:30 PMD AcresDorchester, NH
Tues. July 316:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Tues. August 146:00 PM - 8:00 PMDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center
(slide show)
Mystic, CT
Wed. Aug. 154:00 PM - 6:00 PMHenry L. Ferguson Museum
(slide show)
Southold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Thurs. Aug. 1610:00 AM - 12:00 noonHenry L. Ferguson MuseumSouthold, NY
(Fishers Island)
Tues. Aug. 215:30 PM - 7:30 PMFresh Pond Reservation/Friends of Fresh PondCambridge, MA
Sept. 7-8T.B.A.The GreenhornsPembroke, ME
Wed. Sept. 127:00 PM - 9:00 PMMorse Institute Library
(slide show)
Natick, MA
Thurs, Sept. 20Polly Hill Arboretum*West Tisbury, MA
Wed., Oct. 3T.B.A.Ayer Public Library
(slide show)
Ayer, MA
Sat. Oct 134:00 PM - 5:00 PMNorthern Woodlands Conference*
(slide show)
Fairlee, VT

More info on these programs, and well as additional programs, will be added to this calendar as 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:
Mass. Land Conservation Conference (Kathy McGrath, (978) 443-5588); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); Audubon Society of Rhode Island (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); Essex Heritage (978)-740-0444); Mass. Audubon Drumlin Farm (Emma Scudder, 781-259-2245); Mass. Audubon Ipswich River (978) 887-9264; Northern Woodlands Conference (Emily Rowe, emily@northernwoodlands.org).

[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: 8/13/18


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