Foraging & Wild Tending Class

Monthly Plant & Mushroom Walk

Ethical Foraging

Connect to nature through food & medicine

Are you interested in learning how to identify plants, how to forage for wild foods and medicines, and how to recognize the incredible ways in which the forest ecosystem is connected?

Join us for Foraging & Wild Tending classes!

(Formerly known as Science Sundays)

Class Details

This class is a great way to expand your knowledge and appreciation for the amazing plants and mushrooms that grow in the forest. There are things to discover ALL year – even here in Michigan!

During this 1-hr class, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify edible & medicinal plants/mushrooms in the forest, what you can use them for, and where to find them
  • Ethical foraging practices
  • An introduction to the practice of “wild tending.” Wild tending is the practice of acknowledging our human relationship to the natural world and is an approach to foraging that is founded on respect, appreciation and reciprocity to the land, the people who have tended to it, the wildlife, and the amazing plants we meet on our walk.

Class Rates:

Three Class Punch Card: $39 ($13/class)

Five Class Punch Card: $60 ($12/class)

Single Class: $15

*Community class punch cards are valid for an entire year and can be used to attend all of our community classes interchangeably, which include: Yoga & Guided Forest Bathing + Seasonal Forest Bathing Classes + Foraging & Wild Tending Classes.


Foraging & Wild Tending classes are guided by Katie Venechuk, IYE’s founder, Michigan Master Naturalist (MSU), and an experienced foraging instructor specializing in herbs, trees and plants, alongside her partner Luke Venechuk, a certified wild mushroom expert with the MDARD. Combining their knowledge and joy in the amazing world of wild, nutritious foods, Katie and Luke provide a high quality, balanced learning experience for all ages, sending you home with practical tips and confidence to explore the wonders of foraging on your own. Want to learn more about Katie & Luke? Click HERE!

FAQ & Other Details:

  • All registrations for our classes are handled in advance, so please don’t forget to sign up if you plan to join us!
  • Classes are hosted once monthly on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30am. Head to our Calendar + Sign Up page for upcoming classes and to sign up.
  • All are welcome (kids and teens, too!) and no experience in the outdoors is necessary.
  • Check out our What to Expect page for more information, refund and cancellation policies and other FAQs.

Want a sneak peek into what you’ll learn with us?

Head to the IYE Blog for freebie foraging tips & more!

We’ll see you in the forest!