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Friday July 7th: Nature Walk at Juhring Nature Preserve in Dobbs Ferry


Join us for a fun and educational walk led by Eric Stone, local naturalist, Wild Foods Taste Tester, and founder of The Rewilding School!

We will:
  • Identify some common wild plants.
  • Learn about ethical and safe foraging.
  • Taste edible and medicinal plants.

If you are coming, please let us know and read carefully all details below. Suggested donation: $10. Nobody will be turned down for lack of funds.

**VERY IMPORTANT NOTES**
  • We will meet at the end of Luzern Road (41.018181, -73.857098). There isn't a formal parking lot. Parking will be along the street but since it is a residential area please make sure not to block any driveways.
  • PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. The walk will start at 6 PM sharp and last for about two hours.
  • You MUST BRING A SIGNED WAIVER; otherwise you will NOT be able to participate. 
  • Children are welcome at any age and do not need a separate waiver unless they reside at an address different than that of the adult they go with.  Instead, the waiver their parent submits should have the child's name too.
  • Rain date is Wednesday, July 12. We will make a final decision on July 6th (another important reason to let us know if you're coming!)
  • COME PREPARED! READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS on etiquette and what to bring (also copied below).
  • LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING, so we can communicate any last-minute changes and provide a cell phone in case you get lost or need to get in touch.

About the Leader

Eric graduated from SUNY Environmental Science magna cum laude with a B.S. in Natural History and Interpretation and minors in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric and Recreation Resources Management. 
Prior to founding The Rewilding School, Eric taught environmental summer camps in New York, residential outdoor education in California, primitive skills in Oregon, and teambuilding in Massachusetts and right here in Westchester. Most recently he founded the Muscoot Naturalist Summer Camp and has been the camp's director for the last 3 summers.
When not out in the woods Eric enjoys cooking, swing dancing, and trying not to buy everything in used bookstores. 
You can find his full resume at his Linked In account.

Foraging Walk Instructions

Dear Forager,
Thank you so much for joining us on a walk to get to know the plants around us. Edible and medicinal plants are one of my greatest passions and so I’m thrilled to be sharing the knowledge of these forest beings with you. To make sure that all participants in this activity (you, me, and the plants) all come away from the experience better than when we started please read and follow the following:
  1. Stay with the group from the start of the program until the program ends.
  2. Ticks are present in the area, please follow whatever tick avoidance procedures you are comfortable with. I recommend long pants and closed toed shoes sprayed with a permethrin based bug repellent.
  3. Only interact with plants that you can positively identify and don’t taste anything without showing the group leader first.
  4. Follow all of the leaders instructions on harvesting. Some of the places we will be visiting are sensitive habitats and over harvesting can damage the site and may take years to repair.
  5. Practice what you learn. This is only meant as an introduction to edible wild plants. Please use your knowledge outside of this class and practice the same ethics of harvesting.
What to Bring:
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather and terrain – We will be going both on and off trail so wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and bring a brimmed hat and a jacket.
  • Water to drink – at least 1 liter
  • A notebook & pencil to take notes on individual plants and harvesting techniques
  • A 1 gallon plastic zip-loc style bag for green plants
  • A paper bag for mushrooms
  • A completed Edible Plant waiver
  • An open mind
If you have any questions regarding this or other programs with The Rewilding School please email Eric Stone at eric@rewildingschool.com.
Many Thanks,
-Eric

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