Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
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MacBride Nature Recreation Area - Falcon Shelter 
2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE
Falcon Shelter
Solon, IA 52333

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Rachel Vanderwerff 
Edible Outdoors 

Reading, Writing and Foraging 

Join us for a unique experience in the prairies and woodlands of Iowa where we will turn foraged goods into art. We will begin to be inspired by reading excerpts from American nature writers, followed by a walk to look for wild edibles to forage and for signs of wildlife. Our experience foraging and the possible tastes we might enjoy will guide us into a generative writing workshop. We will top the experience off with a snack of tasty wild edibles.

All levels of experience in both foraging and writing are welcome. Bring your own favorite writing utensil and medium. We will be outside for most of the class, so if you bring a laptop, etc., make sure it is fully charged - there will be no consistent access to electricity for charging. Also, please bring an eating utensil and plate or bowl.

Registration is $10, so grab a friend and register soon as space is limited!


 9:15: Participants will arrive to register and sign waivers.
 9:30-9:50: Introduction
 9:50-11:10: Forage Walk and Nature Reading
 11:10-12:10: Generative Writing Workshop
 12:10-12:30: Foraged Tastes


Instructor Bios:
Brittany Borghi is an essayist, journalist, and a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa.Her essays have been published and forthcoming in Entropy and The Iowa Review and her journalistic work has been published by national broadcast outlets like CNN and ABC. She is working on her first book, a memoir about what it means to come from love.

Steven Fletcher is an artist and writer from Chicago. He is a 2018 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He studied American nature writing at Lake Forest College. He has taught classes on literature and creative writing for the University of Iowa, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and the International Writing Program. He loves reading, writing, and nature.

Elisabeth Swain is the Executive Director for the Iowa Master Naturalists Program. She is an avid forager and hosted a successful Wild Food Tasting event which enabled many in the community to taste a variety of wild edibles.  She has a doctorate in Botany (focus on plant biochemistry) and is recently retired from a career teaching biochemistry courses at the UI.

Directions: https://bit.ly/2JBdr7s

What to wear/bring: Bring a writing utensil and your preferred medium for writing. Also bring an eating utensil and a plate or bowl. Remember to dress appropriately; we may get wet, muddy and dirty! Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, snacks, wear closed toed shoes, and any other items you may need to be comfortable for the duration of the class in the outdoors.

We will not be serving lunch at this event - only foraged bites - so please plan accordingly.

This event will occur regardless of weather conditions excluding lightning or any other severe weather event.


Edible Outdoors (EO) is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. EO explores the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.