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SOLD OUT | Foraging & Wild Tending Class with IYE Wellness

Pre-registration is required due to limited capacity. Online registration will remain open until 12pm the day before the event, unless it is sold out. Please contact our Community Programs Coordinator, Camilla Voelker, at registrar@blandfordnaturecenter.org with further questions.

Join foraging instructors Katie & Luke Venechuk from In Your Element Wellness for an adventure into the world of wild foods!  During this class, you’ll learn how to identify edible plants, trees and mushrooms in the forest, along with how cook and prepare them, how to ethically, legally, and safely forage for these foods, and more.  Katie will also share an introduction to the practice of “wild tending,” which acknowledges our human relationship to the natural world and is an approach to foraging that is founded on respect and reciprocity to the land, the people who have tended to it, and the animals that live there.  On every walk in nature we are surrounded by wild foods awaiting discovery.  We hope you’ll join us to expand your views of the world around you and bring some new flavors to your plate!  No experience in the outdoors or with foraging is necessary to attend.

Note:  This class will be hands on, but all harvesting of wild foods be done by the instructors and will be purely for instructional purposes.  We will be leaving most plants and mushrooms in place for local wildlife, so please leave your foraging baskets at home.

Instructors:  Katie Venechuk, founder of In Your Element, experienced foraging instructor and Michigan Master Naturalist; Luke Venechuk, experienced foraging instructor and Certified Wild Mushroom Identification Expert with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

This program is for all ages, including families. Please note all registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Member: $18
Non-Member: $23
All Kids (ages 12 and under): $7
Ages 2 and under: Free (still must register)

Cancellation Policy: Notice must be received at least 7 days before the scheduled program to receive a 75% refund. Due to processing fees, full refunds are not available. There will be no refunds issued within 7 days of the program, and transferring your registration to a future class within the series, if you did not sign up for all three sessions, may not be available and is not guaranteed. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather, in which case you will receive a full registration refund. Please come prepared for the elements as refunds are not available for weather-related conditions except in the case of severe weather and you have been contacted that the program has been cancelled.

All Community Programs have a registrant minimum. If the minimum is not met, you will be contacted by Blandford Nature Center and notified of your refund options.

Please Note: This program will take place outdoors. In the event of severe weather, this program will be canceled, and participants will be notified of their refund options and/or a possible makeup date.


May 18 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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