Wild Plant Identification


Nature Excursions / Field Trips

Nature excursions for field identification is offered for anyone wishing to learn more about the wild edible, medicinal, useful and poisonous plants of Western North Carolina (Cherokee County), and/or East Tennessee (Monroe & Polk County). We do not offer classes in Georgia any longer, sorry.

Scout and student groups are welcome. There is a charge for this class/excursion. Email us for information on dates available and cost of class.

Hiking in mountainous to hilly terrain may be required for field identification in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Good hiking boots, bug spray, canteen of water, food, and/or your medicines you may need should be carried. Children get hot and thirst very easily and anyone can become overheated in hot weather. We do have numerous rests during the heat of the day. Also, bring your camera, collection baggies, and a note pad and pencil are recommended.

Specific plant identification can include wild American ginseng, blue and black cohosh, burdock, lady's slipper, mullein, plaintain, yellowroot, wild indigo, mint, jack-in-the-pulpit, Solomon's Seal, false Solomon's  Seal, spikenard, sheep sorrel, cleavers, kudzu, Queen-of-the-meadow (Joe Pye Weed), ironweed, wild wintergreen, witch hazel, wild ginger, wild yam, etc.

If you have a particular plant you would like to identify we can certainly try to incorporate that into the day's excursions.

Wild mushroom identification can be incorporated during certain seasons. Mushroom identification can included morels, chanterelles, lion's mane, puffballs, black trumpets, and indigo milk mushrooms.

This excursion is only available from April 1 through September 30 in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Excursions are $100.00/day/adult for one day excursion. If you want a two day or three day excursion, the rate would be $65.00/day/adult. Group rates can be arranged. A group would be three or more people. Family rates available for families.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No exceptions.

A signed liability waiver is required from all participants.

Suggested books:

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers Eastern Region (North America)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms




Wild Mushrooms




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