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Fall Foraging

October 15, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Join internationally renowned author and forager for a day of foraging in rural Sauk County.  Learn how to identify, gather and prepare a remarkable diversity of roots, greens, nuts and fruits.

Learn how to distinguish several native nut trees, plus tips on when to gather and how to use them. Throughout the day identify a remarkable diversity of root vegetables, unearth a few, and discuss how to store and use them in healthy dishes all winter long. If weather is willing, you’ll get to sample some leafy greens and fall berries as we hike.






Sam  Thayer was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he first learned to gather wild food in vacant lots, backyards, city parks, and at the edge of town. His first presentation on edible wild plants was to his seventh grade science class, demonstrating the foods that he collected regularly on his three-mile walk to school.  Since 2000, when he won the Hazel Wood National Wild Foods Cooking Contest, Sam has been teaching regularly on edible wild plants, giving workshops across the United States. In 2002 he was inducted into the National Wild Foods Hall of Fame at North Bend State Park in West Virginia. His first book, The Forager’s Harvest, has won a Midwest Book Award, IPPY Book Award, and was a finalist for the USA Book News Best Books 2007 award. It has been a steady Amazon category best-seller and has sold more than 100,000 copies. His second book, Nature’s Garden, has received similar acclaim and has sold over 75,000 copies.  Along with speaking and writing, he is also a maple syrup producer, wild rice harvester, and owns a small organic orchard.


Key Information:

Class Location: Cox Nature Center, Honey Creek Preserve, Skyview Road (directions will be emailed to attendees in the booking confirmation). Google Maps link.
This is a full day class, so please bring lunch.
The class will take place whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately.
Waterproof footwear is advised as it maybe wet underfoot and streams to cross.