Registration is Open for Wild Wisdom 2020

October 15 - January 02
All day
Registration is Open for Wild Wisdom 2020

Awbury Arboretum is excited to announce open registration for the second year of our “Wild Wisdom” program – a unique, 12 month series during which participants will learn to forage wild edible, medicinal, and craft plants.

The Wild Foodies’ Wild Wisdom curriculum offered through Awbury Arboretum is designed to introduce participants to the most common 100+ wild edible, medicinal, and craft plants of the Philadelphia bio-region. Each 3-hour monthly session includes in-class and in-field time to botanically I.D. and harvest useful plants, and includes hands-on preparation time to process introduced plants into various food, medicinal, and craft preparations. The program includes  seasonal off-site field trips, guest presenter visits, and in-class participant projects. Topics will include: botany, introduction to regional ecology, tools of the trade, making of medicinal preparations, spice blends, salads, dressings, main dishes, nut processing, tree tapping, intro to mushroom foraging, and more! This program is geared toward those looking to grow ever-closer to the region’s wild sources of food and medicine and those committed to sharing this knowledge with others. 

Monthly classes will meet every second Saturday or Wednesday of the month at the Francis Cope House (1 Awbury Rd, Phila, PA).

Saturdays in 2020: Jan 11th, Feb 8th, and March 14th – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Wednesday in April will be the 4th Wednesday due to the Passover holiday – April 22nd.

Wednesdays in 2020:  May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, Aug 12th, Sept 9th, Oct 14th, Nov 11th, and Dec 9th – 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Click here for 2019 student testimonials and photos!

The cost for this year-long program is $550.  Participants will sign up for the program in-full. Max class size 24.  Register using the form below. The full price may be split into several payments details below.

If you registered and need to cancel before January 2, 2020, a $50 cancellation fee will be retained from your reimbursement.  No refunds are available for cancellations after January 2nd.

WILD WISDOM was created in 2019 in partnership by Lynn Landes , Alyssa Schimmel, Heather Zimmerman. The classes are taught by Lynn, Alyssa, guest speakers and participating students. 

Lynn Landes is the founder of The Wild Foodies of Philly, an educational organization that was started in 2010.  Its mission is to learn more about our wild world and to share that information with the public. Lynn created a resource website at that contains a large reservoir of information, much of which has been designed by Lynn to facilitate ease of understanding of the more that 200+ edible, medicinal, and fiber plants thriving in the local region.  Through their meetup of over 4,000 members, the Wild Foodies have conducted hundreds of tours and hosted events for the public, schools, colleges, and other organizations, some of which have been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other news media outlets.

Alyssa Schimmel is a community herbalist, gardener, grower, teacher and forager passionate about sharing knowledge of regional food and medicine ways in community. She works as Education Director of The Philadelphia Orchard Project, and has collaborated with Awbury Arboretum teaching medicine making to youth of the Teen Leadership Program, catering seasonal dinners alongside Chef Gail Hinson, and teaching medicine making and wild foods classes through Wild Foodies. Her training includes studies through Centro Ashe Community Herbal Center, Sky House School of Herbal Medicine, Mountain Gardens, and formal study through David Winston’s School of Herbal Medicine.

Heather Zimmerman is the Program Director at Awbury Arboretum where she designs and manages over a dozen public programs and produces the arboretum’s public events. She has worked previously as a horticulture educator for Penn State Extension and several historic houses in the Philadelphia region. She is a graduate of the Barnes Foundation Horticulture and Landscape Design Program, a board member for the Philadelphia Orchard Project and teaches beginning wild edible identification and cordage making to youth. An avid nature lover, wild foodie, gardener, and wilderness survival aficionado, she is excited to see the Wild Wisdom program growing into its second year at Awbury.