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Outdoor Adventures

Programs for all ages

There are a number of opportunities to explore backyards, swamps, marshes, and forests and become familiar with the plants and animals that live there. Programs promote getting outdoors and connecting with nature while developing skills for being outdoors.

Foraging – identify, gather and prepare wild plants to use for food and medicine.

Green Farmacy – Learn to make lotions, potions, oils, and salves for health and wellness.

Wilderness Survival Skills – develop basic survival skills for being outdoors, including food, water, shelter, firemaking, tracking, and more;

Wetland Wildlife – explore ocean and bay waters to discover the plants and animals that live there.

Customized tours can be scheduled to accommodate groups or individuals. Rates vary depending on group size and needs.


Tasting Tours

Teas & Tonics – Sunday, March 18, 2018

2-4:00 p.m. – Whitehurst Buffington House

Join us as we stroll the grounds and gather wild herbs to prepare teas for sampling. Find out which plants have been used traditionally for making teas, how to prepare them, and their nutritional and health benefits.

For more information and to register: Email: wildfood@cox.net. Directions and a confirmation email will be sent upon registration.

Cost: $20/person; a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Whitehurst-Buffington House.

For more information and to register – email: wildfood@cox.net


Wild Food Foraging – Saturday, March 31

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m – Lone Star Lakes Park

401 Kings Hwy, Suffolk, VA

Step into thew spring season with a foraging adventure! Participate on a walk through Lone Star Lakes Park where we will learn about edible plants native to Virginia and how they can be used as food. All ages are welcome.


Backyard Foraging  – Sunday, April 15, 2018

1:00-3:00 p.m. down on the farm

(Blackwater section of Va. Beach)

Explore a variety of habitats – from the backyard to the surrounding fields, swamps, and forests in search of wild edibles. Identify and gather wild greens for a salad. Wild food samples will be available for tasting.

Suggested Donation: $15/person


Wilderness Survival Skills

False Cape State Park Sunday

April 28, 2018  •  10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Develop basic survival skills while hiking and exploring the maritime forest, dunes, and marshes at False Cape State Park. Follow the tracks and trails of native wildlife and find out who lives here and what they eat. Identify coastal plants and learn how they were used for survival. Discover tricks and tips on wilderness first aid, find shelter, and purify wild water.

Cost: $25/person and includes transportation into the park, educational materials, and taste samples.