Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
Preliminary 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 T.B.A. 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
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
Tues. May 23T.B.A.Merrimack Public LibraryMerrimack, 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 TreasuresLexington, 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
Sun., June 11T.B.A.Wildlands Trust of Southeastern MassachusettsT.B.A., MA
Sat., June 172:30 PM - 5:00 PMLancaster Garden ClubLancaster, MA
Thurs. June 226:00 PM - 8:00 PMOpacum Land TrustBrimfield, MA
Mon., July 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMBuzzards Bay CoalitionAcushnet, MA
Wed., July 127:00 PM - 8:30 PMCambridge Public Library/New England Wild Flower Society
(slide show)
Cambridge, MA
Thurs. July 136:00 PM - 8:00 PMNorthwest ParkWindsor, CT
Monday, July 176:00 PM - 8:00 PMNortheast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts>Lincoln, MA
Tues., July 186:00 PM - 8:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*Bristol, RI

Additional wild edibles programs for 2017 will be scheduled 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:
Longwood Gardens (Sandra Lopez, (302) 384-4289); National Native Seed Conference (Rob Fiegener at rob@appliedeco.org); 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: Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org) (Canton: Julie Early, jearly@thetrustees.org) (Boston: Sara Ross, sross@thetrustees.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Allandale Farm (Emily Voiss, (617) 524-1531); City of Cambridge Water Department(Martine Wong, mwong@cambridgema.gov); (617) 349-6489); Hildene (Stephanie Moffett Hynds, (802) 367-7960); Sudbury Valley Trustees (Debbie Pullen, (978) 443-5588); 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); Fruitlands (Melissa Kershaw, (978) 456-3924, ext. 291); Wright-Locke Farm (rcarter@wlfarm.org); Greylag Cabins ((603) 435-5555); Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests (Martha Twombly,(603) 224-9945 ext. 319); Maine Audubon Society (Doug Hitchcox - 207-781-2330 x2370); Essex Heritage (Meredith George, (978)-740-0444).

[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: 1/18/17


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