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 in central Iowa during this guided tour of Jacob Krumm Preserve in Grinnell. "Wild Edible Plant Walk," course number ENV 2220 (3), will be held on Saturday, June 7.
In addition to learning about their edible qualities, many plants have fascinating natural and human histories. Class will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Meet at the west entrance to Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve, next to the lake. The preserve can be accessed by 410th Ave (Stagecoach Road) off of Highway 146 south of Grinnell (next to Super 8 Motel) or from Jacob Ave off of T-38 just north of I-80. The walk will follow the path around the west side of the lake and then loop back to the parking lot, passing through woodland and restored prairie. Questions and other's experiences with wild edible plants are welcome. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to walk approximately a mile along a mostly level dirt and grass trail.
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. 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. In case of severe weather, listen to KGRN 1410 AM for class location update. This is the last guided wild edible plant walk this spring. More walks will be offered in the early fall.
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.