Edible Wild Plant/Mushroom Walks and Talks -
Schedule for the Year 2023.



Dulse Seaweed - Photo by Russ Cohen

NOTE: Wild edibles walks and talks are done for the season. A preliminary schedule of walks and talks for 2024 will be posted here sometime in January.

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 "in person" 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. Read a profile of Russ appearing in Northern Woodlands Magazine's Community Conversations, October, 2020. Watch a segment about Russ that aired on the Chronicle TV show on 7/27/21.

DateTimeSponsor(s)Location
Sat., Feb 1111:30 AM - 12:30 PMNOFA/NH Winter Conference
(slide show)
Manchester, NH
Wed., March 157:00 PM - 8:30 PMBidwell House Museum
(slide show)
online
Thurs. March 236:30 PM - 8:00 PMJames A. Tuttle (Antrim Public) Library
(slide show)
Antrim, NH
Thurs. March 3011:00 AM - 11:45 AMNational Native Seed Conference
(slide show)
online
Thurs. Apr. 207:30 PM - 9:00 PMConnecticut Horticultural Society
(slide show)
West Hartford, CT
Thurs. Apr. 276:00PM - 8:00 PMCharlton Public Library
(slide show)
Charlton, MA
Thurs., May 46:00 PM - 8:00 PMNew Ipswich Library
(slide show)
New Ipswich, NH
Mon., May 86:00 PM - 7:30 PMConnolly Branch, Boston Public Library
(slide show)
Jamaica Plain, MA
Tues., May 97:00 PM - 8:30 PMSomerville Growing Center/Mystic-Charles Pollinator Pathways
(slide show)
online
Mon., May 224:00 PM - 6:00 PMNorth County Land Trust
(walk)
Ashby, MA
Wed. May 243:30 PM - 6:00 PMGleason (Carlisle Public) Library
(walk)
Carlisle, MA
Wed., May 314:00 PM - 6:00 PMHolly Hill Farm*
(walk)
Cohasset, MA
Wed., June 74:30 PM - 6:00 PMBerkshire Natural Resources Council*
(slide show)
online
Fri., 6/9 - Sun. 6/11variousInternational Herb Symposium*
(walk + in-person/online talk)
Norton, MA
Tues., June 134:00 PM - 6:00 PMBidwell House Museum
(walk)
Monterey, MA
Thurs., June 156:00 PM - 8:00 PMCitizens for Lexington Conservation
(walk)
Lexington, MA
Mon., June 195:30 PM - 8:00 PMMass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Sanctuary*
(walk)
Lincoln, MA
Tues., June 204:00 PM - 6:00 PMTaunton River Watershed Alliance
(walk)
Middleborough, MA
Thurs. June 225:30 PM - 7:00 PMProvincetown Conservation Trust
(slide show)
Provincetown, MA
Fri., June 234:00 PM - 6:30 PMChatham Conservation Foundation*
(walk)
Chatham, MA
Sat., July 151:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Hummingbird Center*(formerly D Acres)
(walk)
Dorchester, NH
Sun., July 16 1:00 PM - 4:00 pmSullivan County Conservation District
(walk)
Unity, NH
Tues. July 186:30 PM - 8:30 PMPlymouth Public Library
(slide show)
Plymouth, MA
Thurs. July 201:00 PM - 4:00 PMAudubon Society of Rhode Island*
(walk)
Bristol, RI
Thurs. July 206:00 PM - 8:00 PMSargent Memorial (Boxborough Public) Library*
(walk)
Boxborough, MA
Thurs. Sept. 144:30 PM - 6:30 PMWesthampton Public Library
(walk)
Westhampton, MA
Tues. Sept 264:00 PM - 6:00 PMOpacum Land Trust*
(walk)
Brimfield, MA
Wed., Sept. 274:00 PM - 6:00 PMThe Trustees of Reservations*
(walk)
Harvard, MA
Thurs. Sept 28 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Agawam Public Library
(slide show)
Agawam, MA
Sat., Sept. 309:30 AM - 11:30 AMMerrimac Open Space Committee
(walk)
Merrimac, MA
Sun., Oct. 11:00 PM - 3:00 PMResilient Roots*
(walk)
Marstons Mills, MA
Tues. Oct 33:00 PM - 5:00 PMMoultonborough Public Library
(slide show)
Moultonborough, NH
Tues., Nov. 76:30 PM - 8:00 PMOrleans Conservation Trust*
(slide show)
Orleans, MA
Wed., Nov. 84:30 PM - 6:00 PMHolly Hill Farm*
(slide show)
Cohasset, MA
Fri., Nov. 1012:00 Noon - 1:30 PMAspetuck Land Trust
(slide show)
online

= 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:
Essex Heritage: (978)-740-0444); Holly Hill Farm (Bruce Frost, bruce@hollyhillfarm.org); Wild Seed Project: (info@wildseedproject.net); International Herb Symposium (Kristen Eaton, kristen@unitedplantsavers.org); Berkshire Natural Resouces Council (Mariah Fogg, 413-499-0596 ext. 118); Sargent (Boxborough Public) Library (Meghan Bouffard, (978) 263-4680; Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm (Beth Ross, bross@massaudubon.org, (781) 259-2246; Resilient Roots (Kristie Kapp, 508-375-7937); The Trustees of Reservations (Barbara O'Brien, baobrien@thetrustees.org); The Hummingbird Center (Dunstan Smith, dunstansmith@icloud.com); Opacum Land Trust (aadams@opacumlt.org; Orleans Conservation Trust (oct@OrleansConservationTrust.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: 11/16/2023




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