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Wild and Wonderful Edible Weeds

Schedule and location

Monday, August 24, 2020
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Fragrance Garden

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$23.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Discover the edible plants that grow wild among us! Many plants we consider weeds are actually nutritious edibles that were brought here as a food source. Learn the stories behind wild edible plants. Find out how to identify what you can eat and how to eat it. Take a hike with the instructor to identify some wild edible weeds in the field. Take home a few recipes to try at home.


Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the Governor of Illinois, which include social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

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Megan Dunning, manager of adult learning programs, The Morton Arboretum

Megan Dunning is a life-long plant and nature enthusiast, who has been studying which plants are safe to eat since she was a teen. Currently, she is the Manager of Adult Learning Programs for The Morton Arboretum, where she has worked since 2007. Megan holds a B.S. in Biology from Macalester College and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where she studied the ecology and genetics of the relationship between plants and their pathogens.

Course details

Notes:  Held outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather. If rain is forecast, bring raingear. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk short distances off trail. Limit 8

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