Spring wild edible plant walk
GRINNELL – Have you ever wondered how to identify and use edible plants? Iowa Valley Continuing Education is offering the chance to learn about some of the more common edible and useful plants of early spring during a guided tour of Arbor Lake Park in Grinnell. "Spring Wild Edible Plant Walk," course number ENV 2220.(1), will be held on Saturday, April 5.
In addition to learning about their edible qualities, many plants have fascinating natural and human histories. The tour will follow the walking path along the edge of the lake, pointing out samples and plants along the way. Questions and other's experiences with wild edible plants are welcome.
Each participant will receive, "Wild Edible Plants in the Grinnell Area," published by Grinnell College's Center for Prairie Studies and written by instructor Jordan Scheibel.
The walk will start at the parking lot on the north end of Arbor Lake, at the west end of Washington Avenue in Grinnell, and will be held from 10:30 am to Noon. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to walk approximately a mile along a mostly level paved and dirt trail. Participants may choose to bring along a small bag for taking samples with them. In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, class will be held at the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus, 123 6th Ave West, in Room 209.
There will be two other guided wild edible plant walks this spring, both at Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve outside Grinnell. The first walk is on Saturday, May 10, from 10:30 am-noon and the second walk is on Saturday, June 7 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
To register, contact Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645. Cost of each class is $12. For more information check out the IVCE website at www.IowaValley.com.