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Foraging for Food & Farmacy

Dates:August 26, 2023
Meets:Sa from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location:Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cost: $69.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicine, crafts, and other items of daily life. Sample delicious wild flavors appropriate to the seasons. The instructor shares the herb-lore from "medicine men" and "granny women" while the group searches the woods and fields of this temperate rain forest for its hidden treasures. In addition, the June experience explores the original route between Gatlinburg and Cherokee and a portion of the Appalachian Trail, while the August experience includes an edible mushroom hunt.

You must be 18 or older to register for and attend a Smoky Mountain Field School course.

Note: Participants are required to sign an electronic release and assumption of risk form before attending this course.

Student praise for this course: "Fantastic course. Ila Hatter is such a complete expert on the subject matter and conveys it in great style."


Meet at the Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion located near the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center.
Fee: $69.00

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ila Hatter

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Ila Hatter is an interpretive naturalist, artist, storyteller, wildcrafter, and gourmet cook with more than 31 years of experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants. She is the producer of Roadside Rambles, a wild foods cookbook, and a video series titled Wild Edibles and Medicinals of Southern Appalachia.


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