Participants learn about White Pine
If you look very close...
The venerable cattail
Cattail patches are nature's grocery store
carrot is both delicious and nutritious
Sassafras is another wonderfully useful forest tree
Before venturing into the forest, we should learn about Jewelweed.
It is a very unassuming, yet important plant
Yarrow is something we should all know
Everyone pays close attention
Take lots of pictures
Milkweed is not only edible, it is rather tasty
Cattail shoots are still ripe for harvest
Plant walks are always a lot of fun
Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus
Ok, everyone try the bark at the same time...
Blueberries, they're everywhere, they're everywhere
Milkweed can be quite delicious
Rose hips are a great source of Vitamin C
Go on, give them a try
Perfectly ripe Staghorn Sumac
Cattails provide something edible all year long.
These corms are delicious.
Willow has been used medicinally for millenia
If you look in the right spot, you will find plenty of Jewelweed
Sometimes beauty is enough
Lambs quarters, plantain, clover, wood sorrel, wild lettuce, dandelion, and cleavers
An entire salad sitting at the base of these stair.
Everyone loves the feel of Mullein leaves
Stinging Nettles are not the enemy you might think.
While not delicious, the inner bark of White pine can keep you alive.
It is hot out there, lets try to stick to the shade
I told you it was hot, Unfortunately cattails typically do not grow in the shade
We can however pick a few stems, and move to the shade for a snack
The kid had had enough
Pictures of Self Heal
The Sassafras was a big hit
The group was lucky enough to come upon some Indian Pipe.
One should always know jewelweed before going afield
Inside this enlargement on a goldenrod stem we find a tasty little snack for us, or to use a bait.
I love it when kids get right into the action
The walk is just about over
Showing the seeds of wild grape (Vitis L.)
While a bit tart, highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) can be made into a delicious and nutritious jam or sauce.
Rose hips (Rosa spp.) are a great source of vitamin C
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Jewelweed, (Impatiense capensis), is a great treatment for the irriation of poison ivy.
Wintergreen, (Gaultheria procumbens), is a great analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Testing natures toothbrush, Sassafrass (Sassafras albidum)
There is nothing better than Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana)
While I talk about the identification and usage of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), a walk attendee demonstrates either a hug, or a rear naked choke.