Introduction to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

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Saturday April 20

10:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Meeting Location: Appalachian Clubhouse located in Elkmont - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Remember when you had a cold or a sore throat and grandma would make you a nice soothing cup of tea from wild herbs? Ever wonder what she used to make you feel better? Would you like to learn what grandma knew?

Make new friends while you spend time in the Smokies. Learn how to identify wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that you may find in your own yard, nearby meadows or neighborhood woods. A Walk in the Woods puts the fun back into learning about nature! All of our classes are hands-on and we use all of our senses to experience nature in a new way. Our day begins in an outdoor classroom setting learning how to identify plants and common mushrooms. Then, we'll go for a walk to explore various types of outdoor settings and what is found there. We'll discuss the nutritional values of wild plants, what the Native Americans and settlers used them for and what modern science has to say.

Mileage: 2 miles maximum
Activity Level: Easy. This will be a leisurely walk on uneven surfaces that may have trip hazards such as exposed roots or rocks.
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort, comfortable walking shoes, your favorite field guide and something to take notes with. We recommend that you dress in layers, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.
About our host for the day: A Walk in the Woods is starting our 21st year of business as a nature guide service. In that time they have helped over 95,000 people enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We are permitted through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and insured. We are certified in Wilderness First Responder, Professional Level CPR and Non-Lethal Aversive Bear Conditioning.
Questions about joining this event? Call 436.7318 extension 349 or email Dana Murphy.
Program proceeds are used to support GSMA's mission to support the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the National Park System by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research. Thank YOU!