Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Courses -
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' October 2013 appearance on NPR affiliate WGBH, including video clips and an interview on Boston Public Radio, about fall foraging opportunities in eastern Massachusetts. NEW! 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.
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 247:00 PM - 9:00 PMMass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary*
(slide show)
Oak Bluffs, MA
Sun. May 251:00 PM - 4:00 PMMass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary*Edgartown, MA
Sat., May 311:00 PM - 4:30 PMTransition Town Manchester/Hildene*#Manchester, VT
Wed., June 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMAllandale Farm*Boston, MA
Tues., June 106:00 PM - 8:00 PMFriends of Fresh Pond*#Cambridge, MA
Thur. June 126:00 PM - 8:00 PMSudbury Valley Trustees#Wayland, MA
Sun., June 154:30 PM - 8:00 PMMass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary/
The Trustees of Reservations*#
Marblehead, MA
Thurs. June 196:00 PM - 8:00 PMClark Farm*Carlisle, MA
Sun, June 224:30 PM - 6:00 PMSudbury-Assabet-Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship CouncilConcord, MA
Mon., June 236:00 PM - 8:00 PMAppalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Chapter*#Leicester, MA
Wed,., July 166:30 PM - 8:30 PMWendell Open Space Committee#Wendell, MA
Thurs. July 176:00 PM - 8:00 PMPeter Beck's Hiking Club*Salisbury, CT
Saturday, July 191:00 PM - 4:00 PMGlynwood*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
Mon., July 286:00 PM - 8:00 PMBlue Heron Organic FarmLincoln, MA
Tues. July 295:00 PM - 8:00 PM Chicopee 4 Rivers WatershedBelchertown, MA
Wed. July 306:00 PM - 8:00 PMWright-Locke Farm*Winchester, MA
Thur. July 316:00 PM - 8:00 PMUpton Open Space Committee/Friends of Upton State ForestUpton, MA
Sat. Sept. 67:00 PM - 9:00 PMNew England Botanical Club*
(slide show)
Dorchester, NH
Tues. Sept. 910:00 AM - 11:30 AMActon Garden Club
(slide show)
Acton, MA
Tues. Sept 94:30 - 7:00 PMStearns Organic Farm/
Sudbury Valley Trustees*#
Framingham, MA
Sun. Sept 281:00 PM - 4:00 PMFriends of the Shetucket River ValleySprague, CT
Sat., Oct. 41:00 PM - 4:00 PMAshburnham Conservation TrustAshburnham, MA
Sun., Oct. 512:00 Noon - 3:00 PMLand's Sake/Weston Forest and Trails Association*
(part of a Community Forest Outreach Event)
Weston, MA
Mon. Oct. 67:00 PM - 9:00 PMGolden Chain Garden Club
(slide show)
Chelmsford, MA
Wed., Oct. 87:00 PM - 9:00 PMTown of Ipswich Conservation Commission
(slide show)
Ipswich, MA
Sun., Oct. 129:00 AM - 11:30 AMMass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
(part of
'Fin and Feather at 50' Fest)
Edgartown, MA
Tues. Oct. 217:00 PM - 9:00 PMNewton Free Library
(slide show)
Newton, MA

Additional programs may be added to this schedule as arrangements are 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 or registration links:

Mass. Audubon Ipswich River Sanctuary: (978) 887-9264; Mass. Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary: (508) 627-4850; The Trustees of Reservations (Ramona Latham,(978) 281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org); New England Wild Flower Society: (508) 877-7630 ext.3303; Westport River Watershed Alliance: (508) 636-3016, Allandale Farm (Helen Glotzer, (617) 524-1531); Friends of Fresh Pond: (Elizabeth Wylde, (617) 349-6489); AMC Worcester Chapter [Pat Lambert,(508) 932-7432 (before 9 PM)]; Clark Farm (Diana Rodgers, (978) 233-1440); Peter Beck's Hiking Club (Becky Belcher, (860) 596-4217); New England Botanical Club (Matt Hickler, (413) 548-5668; Sudbury Valley Trustees: (978) 443-5588. Click here to register for the Land's Sake wild edibles walk; Click here to register for the 7/19 program at Glynwood.

[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: 9/16/14

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, 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