Wild Edible Plants Workshop
Explore the wild through your senses at The Claremont Field Centre
August 17, 2019
Each plant in a forest has a role, a name, a medicine and a story! Connect to the wild through your senses in this experiential workshop to learn the local plants in a new and fascinating way!
This day is all about connection— we’ll be developing a respectful relationship with plants starting with a lesson in plant ID, botany and ethical harvesting practices. The rest of the day will be spent on the trails connecting to the land and specifically to plants through various experiential activities, ethical harvesting and taste testing. The day will end with a small wild cook off.
Participants will return home with tools and skills to harvest a few safe wild-edible plants and an increased amount of gratitude for nature and her abundance.
The Claremont Field Centre is situated on land owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The land has several kms of trails and is home to a stretch of Duffin’s Creek. The rolling hills are home to tons of wildlife and most excitingly the mixed wood forests host a wide variety of edible and medicinal local plants.
We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day. Come with us and explore.
THIS ACTIVEDAYS TRIP IS ORGANIZED BY THE ACTIVEDAYS COMMUNITY. SEE ALL ACTIVEDAYS TRIPS AND JOIN US VIA OUR FACEBOOK GROUP!
9:30am - Pick-up 34 Asquith Ave near Yonge and Bloor subway
10:15am - Arrive/ use bathrooms
10:30am-1:00pm - Morning workshop
1:00pm - Lunch break (Lunch is not included. Please pack a lunch and water for yourself)
1:30pm-2:00pm - Afternoon workshop
2:00pm-3:30pm - Wild Edible Cook-off
3:45pm - Depart Claremont
5:15pm - Estimated return to Asquith Ave
WHAT TO BRING
LUNCH! and snacks. (Lunch is not included. Please make sure to bring something that you can eat on the side of the trail)
Water (at least 1.5L)
Hat, Bugspray, Sunscreen
Field Guide *optional. Feel free to bring a Peterson’s Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants guide or a Newcomb’s Wild Flower Guide or any other book you’ve got on the shelf!
Weather appropriate clothing- Please keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for a nice warm day or a slightly chilly rainy one, or both!
Bathing suit and Towel (optional)
Whatever else you need to have fun on the trail :)
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ACTIVEDAYS
To us, facilitating this event is about creating an environment that you can engage with in your own way. This is your experience and everyone has their own relationship with the outdoors and their bodies. We want to meet you where you are at — you can take part in the hike, or wander off on your own adventure.
ActiveDays is also a community. This is an inclusive space to meet new people, share stories and have fun! To us, there is no better place to get to know someone than the outdoors. We all share a desire to get out, explore and move.
All ActiveDays participants are required to sign a waiver. We will bring printed copies of the waiver to sign on the bus. You can find a digital copy of a sample waiver HERE
Meet Your Guide
Carly Joynt is the Toronto Coordinator of Active Days Program. She is a passionate mentor who loves connecting people with nature through the senses! Carly's favourite Parkbus route is to see the waterfalls of the Dundas Valley and her most memorable nature moment was tracking a Great Horned owl through a cedar forest!