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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.

Wild Herb 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 orindividuals. Rates vary depending on group size and needs.


Coastal Adventures

at False Cape State Park

Exploring the Wilderness of Virginia Beach

September 8-10, 2017

Join Herbalist and Wild Food Foraging expert Vickie Shufer and Evan Rhodes, Back Bay Fishing and Waterfowl expert, for a fun-filled weekend of exploring and experiencing this coastal environment.

Immerse yourself in a weekend exploring undeveloped beaches, maritime forests, swamps and marshes on this coastal barrier spit. There will be hikes from the bay to the ocean, identifying plants, exploring the fishes and wildlife of Back Bay, wild food preparation, medicine making and more.

Weekend Fee: $275/Adults; $125/children under 12

Click here for map and schedule and registration information. Registration fee includes lodging, 5 gourmet meals, foraging and fishing programs, program materials, bus transportation to and from the park and more. Discounts available for groups and children.

For more information, contact Vickie Shufer at wildfood@cox.net or Evan Rhodes at n2dux@yahoo.com.


Kids Farm Day – New Earth Farm

1885 Indian River Rd  •  Va. Beach, VA 23456

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  •  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kids (ages 8-12) are invited to learn at New Earth Farm – The day starts with a tour of the farm, followed by a soil class taught by Gina & Gabrielle. Then Lyndsay will teach a fun cooking class where kids will help prepare their own lunch with ingredients from the farm. Before kids head home, kids will participate in a seed planting activity.  This is a great opportunity for kids to get out in nature and learn about farming, sustainability and cooking!

Cost: $55 (sibling discount $10 i.e. $55 for the first ticket and $45 for additional tickets)

To Register: Visit https://newearthfarm.org/kids-farm-day-class/.


Tasting Tours – New Earth Farm

Get acquainted with the plant world using the sense of taste. Become familiar with the different flavors, their energetics, and how they affect our health.

 Wild Herbal Seasonings – Saturday, July 8, 2017  •  1-3:00 p.m.

Enhance your diet with wild herbs for flavor and nutrition! Explore the plant world by tasting different flavors of wild herbs. Find out how to use them in cooking to enhance the natural flavor of foods and taste samples of foods seasoned with wild herbs.

Summer’s Harvest – Sunday, August 20: 1-3:00 p.m.

Participate in the harvest of wild summer vegetables, followed by a demonstration on preparing and using wild foods to develop delicious dishes. Taste samples prepared from wild foods.

For more information, call 757-301-7995.  To register, visit https://newearthfarm.org/class-sign-up/.

New Earth Farm is a 21-acre working, sustainable amd educational farm in an area known as the “Pungo Ridge” in southern Virginia Beach, just east of the intersection of Princess Anne & Indian River Rd.