Foraging Adventure for Beginners

Day: Saturday August 24th (August 25th rain date)
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Steve Farm Nature Area at Lovell Creek

Foraging is the practice of searching for wild edible food resources. During this workshop experience you’ll find, identify, learn about and sketch plants that can commonly be foraged around the Keweenaw area. 

All participants* will receive a "Foraging Adventures - Journal and Guide," a book created by your guide, Lisa Reitz. The book includes information and details from the class to use on your own future foraging adventures. This book is also for your sketches - basic sketching materials and instruction will be provided for the event. Absolutely no artistic experience or abilities are needed to participate in this workshop experience.

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. (Registration page coming SOON)

Participants will:

  • learn about foraging ethics and safety

  • learn how to accurately recognize 10 (or more) of the most common plants to forage around the Keweenaw and Upper Peninsula and their uses

  • receive “Foraging Adventures - Journal and Guide" booklet

  • use the art of sketching to get to know the plants they forage 

The tour will end with a group discussion and guests can take home a dried herbal tea gift.

When: Saturday, August 24th, 2024 at 2pm - 4pm Eastern Time.

Where: Keweenaw Land Trust - STEVE FARM NATURE AREA AT LOVELL CREEK, DOLLAR BAY, MI A trailhead can be found in an open meadow on the side of Upper Point Mills Road. Enter these coordinates into your GPS device for assistance on finding where to park: 47.110334, -88.458035. Please park along the shoulder of this quiet rural road, and do not drive into the clearing. 

Who: Suitable for learners ages 10+, maximum 25 students (first come, first served basis- the first 25 registrants will be accepted and any subsequent registrations will be added to a wait list).

Cost: $100 per participant. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Keweenaw Land Trust.

This event is weather permitting - it will be rescheduled if there is stormy weather. Changes will be communicated by e-mail and/or via text message. Rain date: Sunday, August 25th, 2024 @ 2pm - 4pm. Eastern Time

Important Information for Participants: This event takes place in Keweenaw Land Trust's Steve Farm Nature Area at Lovell Creek in Dollar Bay. The walk is trail-based and will cover approximately 1 - 1.5 miles depending on where nature provides what we are looking for. The trail is clear but there is uneven terrain and slight inclines/declines on the trails. Dress appropriately for the weather, sturdy shoes are required (no flip-flops). Participants should expect to be on their feet for the majority of the event and able to get up and down from the ground during sketching sessions. Sunscreen or sun cover and bug repellent are highly recommended for this outing. A towel can be brought for sitting on if you like.

All experiences are outdoors and are subject to being canceled or rescheduled due to weather. 

Payment for the Foraging Adventure for Beginners is due prior to the event. Once your registration is submitted, within 72 hours you will receive e-mail confirmation and details on how to send payment. Check (by mail), Venmo and PayPal are accepted. No refunds will be given unless the tour is canceled by the hosts, Keweenaw Land Trust and Lisa Reitz. If the weather is inclement, note the rain date (Sunday, August 25th, 2024 @ 2pm - 4pm Eastern Time). 


About your Guide: 

This Foraging Adventure is hosted by the Keweenaw Land Trust and your guide is Lisa Reitz. Lisa has been immersing herself in nature around the Keweenaw for 14 years. On her outings, she's made many observations, asked a lot of questions, read countless books and learned a lot along the way from mentors. She loves sharing what she's learned with others and has been offering foraging tours since 2019.

Questions? Contact:

B Lauer