High Peaks Sponsors Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Local Expert Aug. 26

Photo caption: Participants will learn the medicinal qualities of plants like this, called Self Heal, at an Aug. 26 educational walk at Cane River Park sponsored by High Peaks.

Registration is CLOSED.  The response has been overwhelming!  Sorry we cannot accept any more participants.  If you have contacted the hike coordinator you are on the list.

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, Aug. 26 for a walk that will celebrate Appalachia’s incredible biodiversity by exploring local edible and medicinal plants. Abby Artemisia, a botanist, herbalist and forager, will lead this fun adventure at Cane River Park.

The walk will introduce folks to the basics of plant identification and teach them how to get started or how to continue along this journey. The group will look at and discuss helpful resources and tools for learning how to work with plants and how to harvest them safely, ethically and sustainably.

We will also learn about plant families, how to recognize related plants and clues for how best to work with them. After this introduction, the group will take a plant walk, using their senses to identify, smell, touch, taste and learn more about the plants.  Participants should bring field guides, notebooks, cameras and plenty of questions.

Walkers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 per person donation, reservations required by Thursday, Aug. 24. No pets are allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation. Contact the hike coordinator about where to meet.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch and rain gear in case of bad weather.

To make your reservations, contact Hike Coordinator John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217.

As always, check the High Peaks website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.