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Forest to Kitchen Foraging Foray

Sebastopol, United States

Experience hosted by Ivy

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We meet at our designated meeting location where we will carpool to the hiking location.
The hike is 70% deer trail with your guide who has hiked the bay area for over 10 years.
Specific focus will be brought to stop and talk about the native types of plants, we will identify plants, mushrooms, and trees, we will potentially see native orchids or other wildflowers depending on the season, we will stop frequently along this hike to discuss the usefulness of wild foraging foods, and specific focus will be brought to culinary mushroom varieties that bloom in the fall through winter. Seasonally for springtime; water plants and flowers, summer; berries.
I know my regular patches, so the actual hike location will vary depending on which week of the year it is. Every hike is seasonally planned with precision around the environmental factors that bring out the best experience. and discussion of foraging skills.

Length: 4 miles
Duration: 2 hours* this event may run late

Items to bring: personal Food snacks, 32 oz water, snacks, backpack, paper bags for forage collection, pen or pencil to write the names on the bags, notebook to take notes, good hiking shoes and socks, hat, gloves

Optional recommended: binoculars for scouting across the canyon, camera, walking stick.
Other things to note
When picking mushrooms in the woods:
1. If you cannot identify it you will want to gather the full specimen and include the base of the stalk.
2. Bring a bag lunch and other recommendations in your welcome message
We meet at our designated meeting location where we will carpool to the hiking location.
The hike is 70% deer trail with your guide who has hiked the bay area for over 10 years.
Specific focus will be brought to stop and talk about the native types of plants, we will identify plants, mushrooms, and trees, we will potentially see native orchids or other wildflowers depending on the season, we will stop frequently along this hike to dis…

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Meet your host, Ivy

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Avid enthusiast in mycology and expert hiker will take you on our adventure to known spots for wild forage and mushroom picking. I teach identification techniques and uses of wild-found food forage in this area. This is a rare opportunity to gain the skills of foraging in the forest, identifying culinary mushrooms, cleaning and preparing the mushrooms right after the foray. Your host is also a registered nurse and nutrition consultant locally practicing holistic nutrition care and management and can talk on medicinal uses of mushrooms as well
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Where you'll be

Take my 10 years of hiking with mycological experts on an adventure through the woods to a new destination each week. We cover a lot of terrain, and follow animal trails to the known mushroom foraging locations I have found. This will be about 4 hours of stop and go hiking.
Depending on the season we will take a local trail from Camp Meeker
John
January 2020
What a fun experience. We learned a ton about foraging for mushrooms: what to look for and what to avoid. Ivy is super knowledgable and friendly and we got some great exercise along the way!
Jacqueline
December 2019
Ivy knows a lot about mushrooms and was easy to communicate with. It was fun, but I didn’t really come away with any edible mushrooms so I was a bit bummed. Maybe if expectations had been different. Still a lovely walk in the woods.
Ellen B
March 2019
We really enjoyed our hike with Ivy in a place that only a local would know. We drove from the meeting place to a trail head and began a hike in the woods. Her knowledge of mushrooms and plants is evident, backed by Latin names and how edible they are. It was educational and enjoyable. She did have bags for us but we had brought own own and we filled them with lovely black chanterelles. I would say that on all nature trips, be flexible on time, if you find a patch of lovely mushrooms, you might want to spend extra time picking them.
We really enjoyed our hike with Ivy in a place that only a local would know. We drove from the meeting place to a trail head and began a hike in the woods. Her knowledge of mushro…
Tiffanny
March 2019
Ivy provided a great experience for first time foragers. Takes you on a one of a kind tour, somewhere off the beaten path that you aren't going to experience anywhere else. Would highly recommend for anyone in town who has an interest in mycology or foraging.
Ivy provided a great experience for first time foragers. Takes you on a one of a kind tour, somewhere off the beaten path that you aren't going to experience anywhere else. Would…
Avner
March 2019
Deliciously fabulous mushroom tour!! Ivy took us to some great hidden spots, and gave us great advice on how to prepare what we had foraged.
Matthew
March 2019
Great experience! Loved the walk. It wasn’t as long as I though in terms of distance but the mushrooms were the most important part and we stopped where we found the most! We got lots and lots. Ivy knew just where to look! Thanks Ivy — we feel much more confident in our foraging now!
Great experience! Loved the walk. It wasn’t as long as I though in terms of distance but the mushrooms were the most important part and we stopped where we found the most! We got l…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wear hiking gear, closed toe hiking shoes, walking sticks also help here

Bring your transportation to Occidental or carpool if possible