Arthur Haines & Wilder Waters at Common Ground Fair
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Arthur Haines & Wilder Waters at Common Ground Fair

Arthur Haines will be giving a 60 minute talk titled ‘What's wrong with our conservation paradigm’ at Common Ground Fair.

Arthur’s talk ‘What’s wrong with our conservation paradigm?'' will address the human need to interact with wild plants to prevent the loss of these plants and concurrently promote human health. To illustrate this, examples of the nutritional superiority of wild plants and their role in protecting from chronic disease will be discussed. Examples of eco-conscientious practices of harvesting and evidence-based herbal medicine will be highlighted.

This will be an extended version of his TEDx Talk.

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Fall Foraging
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Fall Foraging

This hands-on class is designed for those with with an interest in self-sufficiency, human health, and a deeper relationship with plants.  Foraging provides many avenues of connection with nature and fosters a greater appreciation of the many things that local landscapes can provide for us.

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Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Trip
Feb
13
to Feb 16

Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Trip

  • Tomhegan Wilderness Camps (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Trip

Moosehead Lake in north-central Maine offers some of the finest ice fishing in North America. Its waters are home to several amazing fish—including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout, and freshwater cusk—all of which make excellent table fare. Regardless of whether you are new to ice fishing or have simply wanted to be shown some good locations in which to fish, this trip promises spectacular scenery and the chance for wild fish meals.

 
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With three days of guided fishing (and as much or as little instruction as you wish), students will enjoy organic and wild food breakfasts and dinners.

Participants will stay at Tomhegan Wilderness Cabins, on the western shore of Moosehead Lake, which allows meal preparation and a warm wood stove for drying clothing. These cabins have running water, bathrooms, and hot showers (and are included in the price of the trip). The timing of this fishing adventure coincides with the first days in which landlocked salmon can be kept (if long enough).

Join Arthur Haines (Maine Hunting, Fishing, and Recreation Guide) with his wife Sara Moore (also a Maine Guide) for a few days on Maine’s largest lake at the edge of the Maine North Woods.

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This trip will be limited to three students, which allows much more access to instruction and keeps for a more intimate setting in the evenings. Detailed information about accommodations, menu plan, specifics of the time out of the ice, and other logistics are all available upon request. Price is $750 dollars and is all inclusive except for driving to the location and lunch-time snacks. Please contact Arthur Haines (using the contact button in the upper right part of the web page) to identify if space is available and how to place a deposit to reserve your spot in this class. Participants do not need to own any ice fishing equipment, but will need a valid Maine Fishing License. Suggested clothing and gear list will be provided to participants that have placed a deposit. Sign up quickly so as not to miss an opportunity to feel the elation with bringing cold-water game fish onto the ice.

 
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Summer Herbal Walk and Identification
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Herbal Walk and Identification

Nezinscot's herbal day is an opportunity to learn about herbs, shrubs, and trees; both cultivated and wild that are readily available in our backyards and gardens. How and what to harvest as well as their uses in everyday medicine and food.

Join Gloria Varney, Arthur Haines and a handful of other artisans as they walk you through their fields, gardens, and woods while sharing their knowledge and love for the landscape.  From there, participants will have an opportunity through hands-on workshops to prepare food and medicine with the gatherings. From infused oils to tinctures, electuaries, and teas.  Kids welcome and a special program is available for them.

To view the day’s schedule and purchase tickets, visit this website:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-herbal-walk-identification-with-arthur-haines-tickets-55562928214

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Spring Foraging
May
3
to May 5

Spring Foraging

  • Delta Institute of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This hands-on class is designed for those with an interest in self-sufficiency, human health, and a deeper relationship with plants.

Foraging provides many avenues of connection with nature and fosters a greater appreciation of the many things that local landscapes can provide for us.  It has become increasingly clear through many independent studies that diets rich in wild foods promote health and defend the body from many of the debilitating ailments that plague modern societies (e.g., cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, coronary disease, periodontal disease).

Students should expect to spend much of the weekend outside identifying, collecting, and preparing wild plants for food (so be prepared for weather and uneven terrain).  Class will focus on gathering plant foods and medicines that are appropriate for the season (leaves, shoots, bulbs, rhizomes).  Throughout the class, simple tools will be used and reference will be made to primitive and contemporary methods of processing plants.  As well, wildcrafted medicine and utilitarian plants will be discussed to provide a more holistic understanding of how plants can positively affect our lives.  Wild nutrition is both a link to the past and a gateway to a sustainable future.

This class will be taught by Arthur Haines and will be offered at the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, ME (click here if you need directions).  All food will be included and prepared by Chef Frank Giglio.  Expect local, wild, and/or organic food offerings from the four food kingdoms prepared in a traditional manner (i.e., a Weston Price-inspired menu).

Some locations will be visited off site so please be prepared to carpool short distances from the property.  Bring footwear for uneven ground, and proper clothing for whatever the weather may be on that day. Camping is available on site.

Price is $395.00 and class is limited to 12 students.

Class begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday.

Please specify which class you are registering for in the "instructions to merchant" section of the PayPayl checkout.

*****This class is full and registrations are no longer being accepted.  To join the waiting list, please use the contact link in the upper right portion of the page.*****

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Registration policies for classes offered exclusively through the Delta Institute of Natural History are found here.  Be sure to read them, as your ability to get a refund (if needed) is explained in them.

This class is co-hosted by Wilder Waters Non-profit.

This class is co-hosted by Wilder Waters Non-profit.

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Flora for Fauna: Wild Foods and their Nutritional Value
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Flora for Fauna: Wild Foods and their Nutritional Value

Arthur Haines will speak on the forgotten species’ diet of Homo sapiens with an emphasis on the historical foods of humans residing in Maine. He will provide examples of the nutritional superiority of wild plants local to Canton and discuss their role in protecting from chronic disease. Mr. Haines will take a look at our biological (or historical) norms--patterns of living that define each species on the planet. Whether one is to discuss a wolf, a caribou, or an eagle, there are features of these animal's lives that define them. Given their unique adaptations, they are tailored, through evolution, to living in a particular way (e.g., a caribou cannot enjoy the diet of a wolf). Historical use, lore, and native names will be included where appropriate. Examples of eco-conscientious practices of harvesting and evidence-based herbal medicine will be highlighted.

This event is free of admission and open to the public. The venue is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Maine Herbalist Gathering
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Maine Herbalist Gathering

Arthur will be leading a plant walk at the Maine Herbalist Gathering.

Walking with the Standing People

This outdoor walk will explore the local area to locate wild plants and discuss various aspects of these beings that pertain to food and medicine. Identification, nutritional information, and medicinal actions will be highlighted, along with eco-conscientious methods of interacting with the plants that we gather. Historical use, lore, and names will be included where appropriate. 

Find out more and sign up here.

 

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Recovering Ancestral Skills
Aug
9
to Aug 12

Recovering Ancestral Skills

For over 300,000 years, Homo sapiens has practiced place-based technologies that have allowed them to live as integral parts of their landscapes.  These skills gave humans true sovereignty because they were not dependent on growers, manufacturers, and retailers.  Importantly, these are a set of practices that are documented as being the least impactful manner of interaction with the planet (i.e., primitive technologies are the most sustainable lifeways ever witnessed).  Given that everyone alive today has hunter-gatherer ancestors, the practice of ancestral skills is part of all people's heritage.

Join Arthur Haines for four days of recovering our ancestor's ways of being.  You will be exposed to a broad array of nature-based technologies, including shelter, friction fire, primitive cooking, fiber arts, container manufacture, edible and medicinal plants, tracking, nature observation, trapping, and hunting weapons.  Where possible, students will be approached individually in order to further their skill set (i.e., those who have previous exposure to primitive living skills will be advanced beyond introductory material).  Time will be allotted for discussion of topics central to human rewilding, especially the relevance of ancestral lifeways in today's world.

Students should expect to spend much of the weekend outside, including time roaming the landscape (so be prepared for weather and uneven terrain).  This class will be taught by Arthur Haines and will be offered at the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, ME (click here if you need directions).  All food will be included and prepared by Chef Frank Giglio.  Expect local, wild, and/or organic food offerings from the four food kingdoms prepared in a traditional manner (i.e., a Weston Price-inspired menu).

Bring footwear for uneven ground, and proper clothing for whatever the weather may be on that day. Camping is available on site.

Price is $500.00 and class is limited to 12 students.

Class begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday.

*****This class is full and registrations are no longer being accepted.  To join the waiting list, please use the contact link in the upper right portion of the page.*****

Register:

Please specify which class you are registering for in the "instructions to merchant" section of the PayPayl checkout

This class is co-hosted by Wilder Waters Non-profit. 

This class is co-hosted by Wilder Waters Non-profit. 

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Dawnland Gathering
Jul
26
to Jul 29

Dawnland Gathering

Arthur will be teaching several classes from plant identification to archery at the Dawnland Gathering located in Turner, ME.

Wake up in your tent along the beautiful Androscoggin River, participate in morning gratitude circle, and eat a delicious organic breakfast prepared by Nezinscot Farm. 

Then, as your kid's run off to KID'S CAMP, choose from a variety of classes including including archery, traditional Passamaquoddy basketry, acorn processing, women's circle, natural birthing class, felting, friction fire, edible and medicinal plant walks, family yoga, ash basketry, climate change and its impact on the local indigenous seasonal harvest wheel, and many more... 

After a day of classes, relax by the fire with an organic dinner inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. 

End the night with a facilitated gathering wide drum circle, moonlit talks, songs around the central fire pit, and more. 

Know that all of the proceeds from the gathering will go to purchasing and protecting central Maine's undeveloped forestland. Our goal for this gathering is to purchase & protect 150 acres out of the thousands our nonprofit is hoping to conserve for future generations.

So while you are learning ancestral skills, you are also protecting precious forestland and clean water sources for future generations of wildlife and trying-to-be-wild humans of Wilder Waters Community.

Find out more and sign up here

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Arthur at Herbstalk
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Arthur at Herbstalk

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Walking With the Standing People
ith Arthur Haines
This outdoor walk will explore the local area to locate wild plants and discuss various aspects of these beings that pertain to food and medicine. Identification, nutritional information, and medicinal actions will be highlighted, along with eco-conscientious methods of interacting with the plants that we gather. Historical use, lore, and names will be included where appropriate. 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Flora for the Fauna
with Arthur Haines
We will examine the current paradigm of human interaction with wild plants and present evidence for the need to change this pattern. Examples of the nutritional superiority of wild plants and their role in protecting from chronic disease will be discussed. The idea of “hands-off conservation” will be critiqued in comparison with the ancestral model of “conservation through use”. Examples of eco-conscientious practices of harvesting and evidence-based research highlighting the need for humans to be immersed in nature will be presented. In short, the goal of this presentation is to demonstrate the necessity of interacting with wild organisms to both promote human health and prevent the loss of wild places.

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Ancestral Plants (Private Sessions)
May
1
to May 31

Ancestral Plants (Private Sessions)

The Ancestral Plants Private Sessions is for the forager looking to expand their plant identification and knowledge.

Class duration will be variable and dependent on the student, weather, etc.. Scheduling will be arranged between the student and instructor.

Sessions are arranged privately (i.e., you will not be joined by additional people unless you scheduled the class with them) and will fill on a first come first serve basis.  Interested persons should contact Arthur Haines here.

Price for the class for a couple is $300.00 dollars for a half day and $500.00 dollars for a full day. Each additional person is $100.00 Registration can be done through the "Sign up!" below once session dates have been arranged with Arthur privately beforehand (note:  please enter "Ancestral Plants Private" in the Instructions to Merchant section).

Registration policies for classes offered exclusively through the Delta Institute of Natural History are found here.

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Traditional Bow Making (Private Sessions)
May
1
to May 31

Traditional Bow Making (Private Sessions)

Archery is one of the peak primitive talents that encompasses many skill areas—plant identification, wood working and tillering, fiber arts, adhesives, stone knapping, and wood bending.  Additionally, if the bow is used for hunting, tracking, stalking, concealment, and the talents surrounding accurate shooting enter the scene.

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Wildcrafting Herbal Medicine
Jul
28
to Jul 30

Wildcrafting Herbal Medicine

Coping with and recovering from illness, injury, and debility has always been part of being human.  And for these complaints, plants have served as the major source of medicine.  This class will examine the use of wild plants, fungi, and lichens for healing sickness and injury and supporting the body.

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From Tree to Table: Gathering and Processing Acorns for Food
Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

From Tree to Table: Gathering and Processing Acorns for Food

The fruit of the oak tree has been used as an important staple by aboriginal people across North America. The people of each region had their preferred species and detailed methods of collecting, storing, and processing the acorns for use in different types of dishes. Although rarely eaten today, oak trees still produce large numbers of fruits in many years and represent an under-utilized food source. Given their nutritional profile, low glycemic index value, and ability to be stored for long periods, acorns make a wonderful wild food that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Further, New England is blessed with a number of oak species that produce large acorns. This class will introduce students to methods of preparing them for food (primitive and contemporary methods will be mentioned). Some of the important details concerning acorn collection will also be noted. Discussion will include some life history strategies of the oaks that are relevant to foragers and some important myths found in wild food literature. A freshly made acorn food will be enjoyed at the end of the class.  This class will be offered from 12:00 to 4:00 pm in Turner, ME, at the Nezinscot Farm (an organic dairy, café, and fiber studio).  The tuition is $60.00.  The event will be restricted to 18 participants.  To reserve a spot in this half-day class, you may visit http://www.arthurhaines.com/registration-policies, select "Day-long Event" in the drop down menu, and click "Sign Up" (this is an on-line registration using PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account to use the online system).  The remaining tuition ($10.00) will be due the day of the class.  Alternatively, you can contact Arthur Haines at arthurhaines[at]wildblue.net and discuss a registration that works for you (e.g., mailing a check or money order).

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Food Sovereignty:  through the lens of rewilding
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Food Sovereignty: through the lens of rewilding

This free lecture is open to the public and will examine some important aspects of food sovereignty, including access, nutrition, and disease prevention.  These topics will be viewed initially from a historical viewpoint to establish the biological norm for human communities.  From there, strategies for developing personal and regional food security will be discussed.  While many believe a focus should be placed on waging legal battles with large corporations, such victories may not lead to increases in food sovereignty.  We are currently witnessing the outcomes of a passive approach to food autonomy in this country.  In contrast, developing a realistically attainable authority over food will require people to actively engage in developing traditional ecological knowledge and learning politically incorrect nutrition.  This presentation is supported, in part, by Anaskimin.

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Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future

This lecture is designed to expose the audience to a wide-range of useful plants that grow wild on the New England landscape.  Plants that can be used to nourish, heal, and craft are discussed.  Some specific examples of vitamin content, antioxidant ability, and herbal therapy will be shared.  Through use of images, stories of indigenous use, and contemporary scientific study, an argument is made that the waning use of wild plants (for food, medicine, fiber, etc.) is correlated with a decline in health of both our bodies and our local landscapes.  Foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and other such pursuits connect us to the wild world and create a bond, one that deepens with use.  The critical need for preserving native plants and their habitats cannot be fully realized without interacting with them (i.e., viewing them from afar does not reveal their full value to people).

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Wednesday, August 12, 7-8 p.m.

Location: SVF Foundation, Newport, RI
Program Code: BOT7036
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $ (Member) / $ (Nonmember)
CEU: 1 AOLCP

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Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve

Old Pepper Place is a stunning, biologically diverse parcel of land in Washington, VT.  The 350-acre old hill farm includes two small fens and offers wonderful views of forested lands, open fields, and the Green Mountains. During this field trip you will learn all about the Reserve’s natural history with a focus on plant life and identification. We will discuss the geology and ecology of the area, look for edible plants and birds, and interpret tracks and other signs of wildlife. Bring a bag lunch, water, a hand lens, and binoculars. Wear proper footwear and clothing.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, July 26, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Washington, VT
Program Code: FDT5017
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $28 (Member) / $35 (Nonmember)
Limit: 14 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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Mount Kearsarge
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

Mount Kearsarge

Mount Kearsarge is a monadnock in western New Hampshire approximately 890 meters tall, offering impressive views due to its isolation from other peaks.  This day in the field will examine the natural history of the mountain, with a focus on plants.  A variety of topics will be presented, including ecology, edible plants, birding, tracking, and geology.  Bring lunch, water, a hand lens, and binoculars for birding.  Proper footwear and clothing will also be necessary.

This class if offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Warner, New Hampshire
Program Code: FDT5014
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $47 (Member) / $58 (Nonmember)
Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: The Fells

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Native Plant Life of Lake Sunapee
Jun
7
1:00 PM13:00

Native Plant Life of Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee is one of New Hampshire’s largest lakes, with eight miles of shoreline that hosts a wide range of native plants. Arthur Haines, author of Flora Novae Angliae, will lead a field study along the shoreline of Lake Sunapee to examine these plants and learn features of their identification and ecology, with some emphasis on those suited for use in horticulture (in order to design native plantings in this region). Wear footwear appropriate for uneven ground; bring a hand lens and protection from the elements.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, June 7, 1-3:30 pm

Location: The Fells, Newbury, NH
Program Code: FDT5015
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $23 (Member) / $28 (Nonmember)
Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: The Fells

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Foraging for Wild Plants
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

Foraging for Wild Plants

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.  Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are relatively free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders.  Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households.  Join in the spirit of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather your own food.  This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles.  Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, May 31, 1-3:30 p.m.

Location: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Program Code: FDT5016
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $23 (Member) / $28 (Nonmember)
Limit: 14 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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Edible Plant Identification and Use
Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Edible Plant Identification and Use

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.  Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are relatively free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders.  Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households.  Join in the spirit of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather your own food.  This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles.  Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.

This class is offered by the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich, CT
Program Code: BOT7016
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $20 (Member) / $25 (Nonmember)
Limit: 24 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: 2 AOLCP
Cosponsor: Greenwich Audubon

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Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future
Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

Preserving Native Plant Knowledge for Their Future

This lecture is designed to expose the audience to a wide-range of useful plants that grow wild on the New England landscape.  Plants that can be used to nourish, heal, and craft are discussed.  Some specific examples of vitamin content, antioxidant ability, and herbal therapy will be shared.  Through use of images, stories of indigenous use, and contemporary scientific study, an argument is made that the waning use of wild plants (for food, medicine, fiber, etc.) is correlated with a decline in health of both our bodies and our local landscapes.  Foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and other such pursuits connect us to the wild world and create a bond, one that deepens with use.  The critical need for preserving native plants and their habitats cannot be fully realized without interacting with them (i.e., viewing them from afar does not reveal their full value to people).

This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.

One can register online here.  Or, one can contact the registrar here.

Sunday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich, CT
Program Code: BOT7015
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $12 (Member) / $15 (Nonmember)
Certificate: Elective: all certificates CEU: 2 AOLCP
Cosponsor: Greenwich Audubon

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Spring Foraging
May
17
to Jun 17

Spring Foraging

Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds.  For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals.

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Wild Food Weekend
May
2
to Jun 4

Wild Food Weekend

Have you wondered what it would be like to feed yourself entirely from wild food?  Have you been interested to take part in the ecology of your landscape?  Have you been curious to see how your body would respond to our ancestral diet?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this class was designed with you in mind.

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Traditional Braintan Buckskin (Private Sessions)
May
1
to Oct 31

Traditional Braintan Buckskin (Private Sessions)

Braintan buckskin is the traditional leather of many indigenous cultures, including Native Americans.  It has allowed anatomically modern humans to protect themselves from the elements and travel throughout the world.  Though buckskin shares many qualities with contemporary leather, such as beauty, function, durability, it is a vastly different product, neither damaging to the environment nor rigid (though it can be made stiff). 

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