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Wild Edible Field Trip: Foraging for Early Fall Plants

  • 19 Sep 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park. Exact meeting location will be provided to registrants the week before the program.
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Wild edibles offer a variety of health benefits and add unique flavors and textures to your meals. Join Nick Spero for a walk to learn about wild edibles available in the early fall. He’ll show you the plants you can pick and nibble along the way, as well as those that you need to bring home to prepare for a meal. You will also learn how to forage in a safe and sustainable manner.

Pawpaws, also known as the American Custard Apple, or Indiana Banana, should be peaking around this date! This delicious fruit was widely eaten and enjoyed by Native Americans back in the day. Currently, pawpaw trees can be found growing wild in the U.S. as a shade-loving, understory tree and Nick will instruct you on their identification.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate (low intensity hiking).

What to wear/bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

About Nick: Nick Spero loves to hunt and fish, and primitive technology has piqued his interest since he was a child. You can view a video produced by NPR about Nick here.

Nick, like most of the other people who lead NHSM field trips, is a volunteer, so your money will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. Donate or become a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland by visiting

Please contact Rachel at with any questions.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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