Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk in Nose Hill Park
Join Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed a botanist, herbalist and wild forager to learn how to identify plants in the winter. This walk will focus on observing the winter branches of trees and shrubs to determine how to tell them apart. Relevant edible and medicinal uses of plants will also be discussed.
What is plant walk?
A plant walk is a guided educational walk through an urban or wild landscape. The best way to learn about plants is through observing and interacting with living examples. At the same time, connecting to your local ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity to build community.
During a plant walk you will learn:
- how to identify plants using the principals of botany
- how to distinguish between edible and poisonous lookalikes
- experience-based recipes and preparation techniques for edible plants
- practical experience-based medicinal usage based on traditional knowledge, modern herbal practice and scientific research.
Families and children are always welcome (children under 12 years may attend for free). Well-behaved dogs are also welcome provided they are kept on leash and the walk location permits dogs.
Please dress appropriately for being outside: adequate clothing for changing weather, water resistant walking shoes, mosquito repellent and sun screen when needed.
A limited number of sliding-scale tickets starting from $10 per person are available at:
Cancellations and refunds:
- Plant walks will be cancelled and all participants refunded in the event of severe weather warnings (including temperatures below -12°C) and/or extremely poor air quality due to forest fires.
- Refunds will only be provided within 24 hours of purchasing a ticket. Unused tickets may be passed on to a friend or transferred to a subsequent plant walk in the same season.
Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed is a herbalist, botanist, wild forager and educator. She is a former faculty member at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC and is qualified with an MSc in Herbal Medicine from London (UK), and a BSc in Botany from the University of Calgary. She is the founder of Latifa's Herbs which offers sliding-scale herbal medicine services, as well as workshops, presentations, and consulting regarding the identification and use of edible and medicinal wild plant species in Alberta and British Columbia. She is also co-owner of ALCLA Native Plants, a native plant nursery, in Calgary, Alberta.