Edible Audubon Workshop Set For May 18

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will host an Edible Audubon workshop from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods and strengthen a connection to the earth and the food it produces. Workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

The class will start with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles, then head outside to identify those growing and blooming in the spring. It will also cover some popular summer edibles and as well as those people definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, participants will taste samples and discuss easy ways to make wild plants part of a meal.

Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at Audubon who has been enthusiastically eating “weeds” for several years. With both inside and outside components, this class includes a walk up to one mile on flat ground. Those participating should dress for the weather. The fee is $20 or $15 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Class size is limited. Reservations are required by Thursday by calling 569-2345 or using the online form by clicking on Edible Audubon at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon education programs are paid for with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation and Reg and Betty Lenna Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.