Events

I invite you to join me for the upcoming activities listed below.  If you missed an event, please check out the information (including slideshows, plant lists, and other information) listed at the bottom of this page.

Please join me throughout 2020 for any of my scheduled events. Each outdoor outing (rain or shine) will be approximately 2 hours in length.

June 3 @ 5:30pm   Late Spring Wildflowers – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

Join me to view some of the late spring wildflowers now in bloom at Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve in the Town of Colonie. Some of those featured will be Blue-eyed Grasses (Sisyrinchium spp.), Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), Large Blue Flag (Iris versicolor), Smaller Forget-me-not (Myosotis laxa), Swamp Candles (Lysimachia terrestris), Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum), and Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia).

This online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the ~30-minute presentation. Be sure to grab your favorite beverage and a bag of popcorn before you get comfy prior to the presentation.

Join this Zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76348639093

Meeting ID: 763 4863 9093

Password: 7T3J0S

“See” you then!

Please logon to this presentation to see these blooming beauties before they disappear for another year!

June 5 @ 1:00pm    Virtual Stewardship Hike:  Town Center Park – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Please join me in tagging along with Jennifer Viggiani (Open Space Coordinator) on one of her monthly stewardship hikes at the newest Town of Clifton Park open space acquisition – the property with a “working title” of Town Center Park!  During this <45-minute online event, Jennifer will give us an update on the Town’s plans for this park-in-the-making and we’ll also view some colorful wildflowers recently and currently in bloom as well as share a recent discovery that underscores the very need for these monthly rotating visits to the Town’s properties.  There will also be time for your questions and answers and, no doubt, some lively fun discussion!

To join this Zoom presentation:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75436712881

Meeting ID: 754 3671 2881

Password: 7qmenT

July 29 @ 5:30pm   Foraging for Wild Edibles: Highbush Blueberry – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

This online event is the second of six in a series of virtual walks that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

This virtual walk will feature Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) that can be found bearing ripe fruit at this time throughout Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve in the Town of Colonie. The online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed ~10-minute presentation.

If you have an interest in foraging for wild edibles, please join me for all six episodes of this series of “walks.” The four subsequent sessions will each feature different plants and, over the course of this series, you’ll learn about edible plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems and fruits (both fleshy and nuts).

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

To join this Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77488033275

Meeting ID: 774 8803 3275

Password: 7T3J0S

“See” you then!

Why forage? Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively. Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars. Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it. Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Blueberries are often called a superfood because they are high in nutrients and antioxidants, low in calories, and have proven health benefits such as helping to maintain brain function and in fighting urinary tract infections. We will review where to find Highbush Blueberry.

After we locate this targeted species, we’ll briefly discuss a few identification tips, its edibility, and some sample recipes.

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy to find and identify and tasty wild fruit!

Aug 26 @ 5:30pm   Foraging for Wild Edibles: Hazelnuts – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

This online event is the third of six in a series of virtual walks that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

Why forage? Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively. Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars. Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it. Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

From starters to salads, from fresh pasta to desserts, or whether your cuisine is Asian or European, there is no course that cannot be improved by a few chopped hazelnuts. This virtual walk will feature American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) whose ripened nuts can be found at this time along some of the towpaths of the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park. The online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed ~15-minute presentation.

If you have an interest in foraging for wild edibles, please join me for all six episodes of this series of “walks.” The three subsequent sessions will each feature different plants and, over the course of this series, you’ll learn about edible plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems and fruits (both fleshy and nuts).

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

Join this Zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78659031385
Meeting ID: 786 5903 1385
Password: 4WV4Nm

“See” you then!

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy to find and identify and tasty wild nuts that you can use to make delicious baked goods, or even a liqueur!

Sept 9 @ 5:30pm    Foraging for Wild Edibles: Nannyberry – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

This online event is the fourth of six in a series of virtual walks that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

Why forage? Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively. Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars. Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it. Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Nannyberry is one of the largest of the viburnums. It is admired for its lustrous foliage, its beautiful and abundant flowers, its handsome edible fruit and its brilliant autumnal color. This virtual walk will feature Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) whose ripened fruit can be found at this time at Garnsey Park in the Town of Clifton Park. The online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed ~15-minute presentation.

If you have an interest in foraging for wild edibles, please join me for all six episodes of this series of “walks.” The two subsequent sessions will each feature different plants and, over the course of this series, you’ll learn about edible plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems and fruits (both fleshy and nuts).

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

Join this Zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72295753227
Meeting ID: 722 9575 3227
Password: 1Zufub

“See” you then!

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy to find and identify and tasty wild edible fruit that you can use to make delicious jam, fruit leather, sauces, and baked goods, or even as wine!

October 3 @ 1pm    Foraging for Wild Edibles: Hickory Nuts – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

This online event is the fifth of six in a series of virtual walks that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

Why forage? Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively. Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars. Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it. Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Even though they grow on trees, hickory nuts technically aren’t tree nuts. They’re drupes, egg-shaped fruits with a fleshy layer surrounding their hard-shelled seeds. In other words, the nutmeats are actually the seeds of a hickory. This virtual walk will feature (1) Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra) and (2) Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) whose ripened nuts can be found at this time at the 41-acre unnamed property owned by the Town of Clifton Park. The online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed ~15-minute presentation.

If you have an interest in foraging for wild edibles, please join me for all six episodes of this series of “walks.” The next session is the finale of this series, which has featured different plants and information about edible plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems and fruits (both fleshy and nuts).

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

Join this Zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75058624526
Meeting ID: 750 5862 4526
Password: 4ZSQxY

“See” you then!

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about these easy to find and identify and tasty wild nuts that you can use to make delicious cookies, cakes, brittle, and ice cream, but also in a broth for savory dishes!

October 4 @ 1pm    Foraging for Wild Edibles: Autumnberries – ONLINE, NOT in-person!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our scheduled gathering has been canceled. However, I am inviting you to alternatively join me for a virtual walk – not in person as originally scheduled.

This is the finale of a six-part series of online events about Foraging for Wild Edibles.

Why forage? Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively. Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars. Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it. Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

When mature, these red berries contain carotenoids (which give color to plant parts like ripe tomatoes and autumn leaves), including considerable amounts of lycopene (which is an antioxidant known to have multiple health benefits). This virtual walk will feature Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) whose ripened fruit can be found at this time along the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in the Town of Halfmoon. The online session will last <45 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed ~15-minute presentation.

If you have an interest in foraging for wild edibles, please join me for this sixth and final episode of this series of “walks.” In sum, the series has featured different plants and, over its course, provided information about edible plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems and fruits (both fleshy and nuts).

For this online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

Join this Zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71723723871
Meeting ID: 717 2372 3871
Password: 3e8aPx

“See” you then!

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy to find and identify and tasty wild edible fruit that you can use to make delicious jam, fruit leather, sauces, and baked goods, or even in a cocktail or as wine!

 


If you missed it, here are some of my past events:

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (unnamed 41-acre property along Mohawk River) (5/6/2020)

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (Ballston Creek Preserve) (5/1/2020)

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve) (5/1/2020)

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve) (4/22/2020)

Virtual nature tours to offer spring in bloom (Community News, 4/17/2020)

Forensic Botanizing:  Winter Plant ID (2/29/2020) – Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood

Woodland Wildflowers (9/25/2019) – 100 Acre Wood

Woodland Wildflowers (8/20/2019) – Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve  (For a summary of what was observed on the previous walks of this series, view this slide show.)

Woodland Wildflowers (7/24/2019) – 100 Acre Wood

Woodland Wildflowers (7/16/2019) – Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

Invasive Species Walk (July 2019) – Fox Preserve

Woodland Wildflower Walk (June 2019) – 100 Acre Wood

Woodland Wildflower Walk (June 2019) – Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

Woodland Wildflower Walk (May 2019) – Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (5/9/2019) – Steinmetz Woods

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (5/7/2019) – Shenantaha Creek Park

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (4/27/2019) – Steinmetz Woods

Woodland Wildflower Walk (4/24/2019) – 100 Acre Wood

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (4/23/2019) – Shenantaha Creek Park

Woodland Wildflower Walk (April 2019) – Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (4/11/2019) – Steinmetz Woods

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers (4/9/2019) – Shenantaha Creek Park

Woodland Wildflower Walk (March 2019) – 100 Acre Wood

Invasive Species Walk (March 2019) – Fox Preserve

Invasive Species Walk (July 2018) – Fox Preserve

Invasive Species Walk (July 2018) – Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

Wildflower Walks along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail – A Trek Through Two Towns:  Part 1    Part 2

Wildflower Walk along Shenantaha Creek Park Nature Trail (May 2018)

Ephemeral Spring Wildflower Walks (April 2018) – Steinmetz Woods

Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns:  Segment #4(Town of Clifton Park)

Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns:  Segment #3 (Town of Malta)

Wildflower Ramble (part of 4th annual open space celebration) – Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Clifton Park

Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns:  Segment #1 (Town of Halfmoon)

Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective, Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Colonie.

Canada Lily: Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Clifton Park

Wildflower Ramble (part of 3rd Annual Open Space Day), Town of Clifton Park

Wildflower Walk and Slide Presentation, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

2nd Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park

1st Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park

Spring Wildflowers Presentation and Walk, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

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