Useful Plants of the Forest Day

Native people used wild plants for thousands of years as an important resource. “Useful Plants of the Forest” Day at Blackwater Falls State Park becomes an outdoor classroom for an in-depth look at plants and their many uses. The sessions are scheduled throughout Saturday, July 18, 2020. Doug Wood and Dianne Anestis are guest leaders and instructors. Attendees will acquire knowledge on identifying plants, and, along this journey, discover the many uses of wild plants in edible, medicinal or other applications.

You can attend all sessions, or the morning session, or the afternoon session. The morning presentation begins with tea and snack in Blackwater Falls Nature Center as a get together prior to a forager walk. The afternoon session begins with cordage creation to experience the process of braiding tree bark into rope. The afternoon offers two activity choices: an extended hike with lots of nature contact stops along the way to learn about forest plants, animals and other elements that create an ecosystem or an indoor session. The Dobbin House Trail system is the interpretive stage with Doug Wood, guest biologist and historian leading the hike. Dianne Anestis hosts the alternative presentation “Critters Need Plants Too” indoors at the Nature Center.

All sessions of “Useful Plants of the Forest” Day will adjust for inclement weather. There is an $8.00 per person non-refundable registration fee. Registration is open until the sessions fill. Pets are not permitted for this event’s activities. To register and learn session times and departures, email Park Naturalist [email protected] or call her at 304-259-5511. Please leave a message if the naturalist is unavailable to take a phone call.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: July 18, 2020

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