Take a walk through the woods and a surrounding neighborhood to find out about every edible, medicinal, and useful plants, fruit, and mushrooms from the forest floor to the treetops, lawns, sidewalk cracks, and even the landscaping around homes.
Join Dave Odd, Chicago’s only full time professional forager with more than 25 years experience in the field, for an eye-opening exploration.
Discover in real time a field guide of all the wild edible plants that grow right in your own backyard during three different field trips throughout the summer and fall. Seeing 50 species is guaranteed and upwards of 70 to 80 are usually seen. Everything you discover will be described in easy terminology. Walk away with useful knowledge to use for a lifetime and perhaps change the way you look at landscapes around you. Questions are welcomed throughout the expedition.
June Field Trip: Forage during the berry season to see, taste, and find out about the various berries that grow in the area as well as the medicinal and edible plants that abound.
August Field Trip: Forage for mushrooms and plant bounty. See and find out about some wonderful summer mushrooms like chanterelles, chicken of the wood, and boletes, summer edible, and medicinal plants.
October Field Trip: This is the best mushroom season of all in Chicagoland where massive hen of the woods, giant puffballs, chicken of the woods, and more grow in abundance throughout area forests and parks. Discover the endless bounty of fall fruits, as well as medicinal and edible late season plants.
Dress for the weather and natural environments and bring a bottle of water. Meet at Infinity and go from there to a nearby local forest. If weather is questionable, please call Odd on his cell, 847-409-8623.
June Field Trip Date Saturday, June 6, Rain date, Sunday, June 7
August Field Trip Date Sat., Aug. 15, Rain date, Sunday, Aug. 16
October Field Trip Date Sat., October 3, Rain date, Sun., October 4
Course 202175 For all three field trips
Time 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, bring a snack and bottled water
Cost $50/40 payment 10 days in advance per level
Cost for Three Field Trips $130/110 payment 10 days in advance