Botanical Identification Hike

Southern Appalachia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.  Join our local Foraging Guide, Cara-Lee Langston, MS, and learn about wild edible and medicinal plants and fungi growing in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.  This trip is designed to teach you the basics of botanical identification and sustainable foraging with a strong emphasis on stewardship and conservation.  No plant gathering will take place during the hike.

Botanically, each season has something unique to offer. Spring is an ideal time to identify edible flowers, buds, greens, and shoots. Summer and Fall are the prime time to observe mushrooms, fruits, and nuts. Our Winter trips focus on learning about foraging for bushcraft, tree identification, medicinal mushrooms, and some resilient herbs and wild foods that persist in the colder months.

Trip Cost: $425 for 1-4 people, $125 each additional person up to 9.  Children under 12 are free.

Trip length: 3 hours depending on trail

Terrain: Gentle to moderate trail. Uneven at times. We can cater to all levels of mobility.

Focus:  Depending on the season,  our Guide can curate your trip based on your interests such as wild food plants, medicinal herbs, mushrooms, tree identification, and more. Foraging Seasons:  Spring: Mar-May  /  Summer: June-Aug  /  Fall: Sept-Nov  /  Winter: Dec-Feb

We suggest booking at least  3 weeks in advance to reserve your desired trip date.

Guide Bio: Cara-Lee Langston, M.S. is a South African-born nutritionist, herbalist, wellness cook, forager, grower, and educator.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University, a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Cara is the founder of Wildcraft Kitchen, she is a Certified Wild Mushroom Food Safety Specialist through Mushroom Mountain and is trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR through SOLO Southeast.

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