Wildflowers of the Adirondack Park: Bunchberry (10 June 2015)

Explore the Adirondack Mountains:
Wild Edible Walks
Spring-Summer 2016
From 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on most Wednesdays

Wild Edibles at the VIC: Dandelion, Bunchberry, and Trout Lily Wild Edibles at the VIC: Dandelion, Bunchberry, and Trout Lily

Join Wild Edibles instructor Pat Banker, from Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County, at 10:00 AM on most Wednesdays in the spring and summer to learn how to identify wild edibles, while exploring the history, culinary uses, and historic medicinal uses of many of the plant species found in the Adirondacks. From the non-native, lowly dandelion (taraxacum officinale) to the exotic sounding, yet truly native, Jerusalem artichoke (helianthus tuberosus), there is a veritable feast in the forest and fields of the Adirondacks and the Northeast.  Learn what plants are protected, how to sustainably harvest and care for many others, and where it is both legal and safe to forage.

Each walk will last approximately two 1/2 hours, with a follow-up in the VIC Building to view sample flours made from white pine cambium, dandelion, and red clover. Specimens of other wild edible plants that are in season, but not available on the walk, will also be available for viewing and discussion. 

The dates for the summer 2016 walks are:

11 May 22 June
18 May 29 June
25 May 6 July
8 June 13 July
15 June 17 August

These walks are informal and will happen rain or shine. The cost is $20 per person; $15 per person for Friends of the VIC.  Please call 518-327-6241 to register by 5:00 PM the day before the walk. 

Instructor: Pat Banker is a life-long Adirondack resident who has had the pleasure of sharing her knowledge of wild edibles as an educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County for over 25 years. She is a certified Master Food Preservation instructor and Living History Instructor. She has taught at symposiums, museums, schools, camps, and workshops throughout New York State.

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Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.