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ETHNOBOTANY CLUB OUTING - Sauvie Island spring greens

Spring is here and now is the best time to gather greens. We should find wild spring greens such as dandelion, cleavers, miners lettuce, and of course nettles, the best green of all. Spring mushroom should also be popping up.

Winter is past its hump and the warmth of Spring is thawing the roots of the plants, letting them know it’s soon time to emerge from the ground with the first tender leaves of spring. Wild greens make great, healthy additions to salads, garnishes, soups and teas.

When it comes to nutrition, nothing beats wild greens. These superfoods lift your body to a whole new level of energy and are accessible for anyone. You can juice them, toss them into your smoothies and eat them as a salad. Picking them is a delight to the senses. They don’t come in plastic wrappings, you don’t need to stand in line at the supermarket and stress out. You simply need to go outside, spend some relaxing outdoors time and pick them. It’s impossible to get your food any fresher, more nutrition-packed than this!

The event is $10. $5 for Cascadia Wild, and $5 to the drivers to reimburse for gas and parking permit. We will meet at the Cascadia Wild office at 12:00 pm, and carpool out to Sauvie Island. Sauvie Island requires a $10 parking permit/per car for the day.

Please only sign up for this event if you KNOW that you will be able to attend!


Cascadia Wild is a Portland-based non-profit (501)(3c) organization whose mission is to inspire personal connection to nature and community. The ethnobotany club provides a place where people of all skill levels can come together to practice and share knowledge about wild edible plants.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a perfect Spring outing! Terry and Chris are so helpful and willing to share their knowledge. i really enjoyed meeting everyone while tromping through the woods. Sauteed my nettles with garlic and ate them with dinner...very mild flavor.

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Peter

    Very informational event - who knew that Indian plum leaves taste like Cucumber on steroids?

    2 · March 24, 2013

  • Christi

    Even though I was not officially part of your meetup group (I just signed up now), I enjoyed meeting all of you and had a blast! Hope I get to see you guys again.

    March 24, 2013

  • Laurie

    Very educational and fun!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Jody

    Sorry to miss this, but I was in a car crash tonight, and something tells me I won't be up for mucking about in the woods in the next few days!

    March 22, 2013

    • Diana

      Oh wow, hope you are ok!

      March 24, 2013

    • Jody

      I'm ok, thanks . . . just very achey and stiff.. and bummed to miss this outing. Hope y'all had a great time and came home with lots of yummy nettles!

      March 24, 2013

  • Kate M.

    I had to be back sooner than 6pm -as something came up _ Happy gathering

    March 23, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    So sorry to miss it 'cause the list looked so long I got locked into a family baby-sitting responsibility for Sunday, alas. Thanks for the followup, though

    March 22, 2013

  • Leslie

    Dang. I have made other plans.

    March 21, 2013

  • LuAnn

    Sorry... I will be out of town so someone else can have my place.

    March 19, 2013

  • Jody

    I don't see anything on this posting about registering with Cascadia Wild. Do we need to/ should I have?

    March 12, 2013

    • Peter

      Jody, no need to register with Cascadia Wild, I have 10 spaces reserved with them.

      March 12, 2013

    • Jody

      Great! Thanks, Peter!

      March 12, 2013

  • Jan J.

    I keep getting emails saying there is an opening for the outing. When I go to the site I see the RSVPs are closed. Are those on the waiting list not automatically signed up (in the order of listing) when there IS an opening?

    1 · February 19, 2013

    • Diana

      Same thing happens to me. I asked Peter if auto waitlist could be set up but I do not think that's happening. Perhaps he's managing the waitlist manually since the RSVP list is officially closed.

      February 19, 2013

    • Heather

      Just to clarify, if RSVPs for an event are closed, it freezes the wait list, meaning that no one can move off it when a spot opens up whether or not the wait list is manual or automatic. This is a design flaw with the platform itself.

      March 12, 2013

  • Gabriele

    Hi there! I'd love to join - at least in the group - but don't find the clicker for that ?

    February 24, 2013

  • Patricia G.

    OH....I so want to join this group, but I have big plans for this coming Sunday so I can't come out with you all. I will try for next time.
    I so love the nature and concept of this group !!!

    February 17, 2013

    • Peter

      Patricia, this outing is scheduled for March 24th.

      February 17, 2013

  • Diana

    Peter - if this is an outing, why do we need a 10 person limit? The size of the venue should not be a restriction in this case?

    February 17, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Having been on other plant ID hikes, it becomes increasingly difficult to impart information the larger a group gets.

      February 17, 2013

    • Peter

      Thank you Stephanie! That is one reason, the other is being a sustainable harvest. I will check back with Cascadia Wild to see what size limit they suggest, and keep you all posted.

      February 17, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    What a wonderful spring outing. It is my first chance to begin to fill in enjoyment of Oregon native plants. I had my own prairie plants landscape in my backyard in the Midwest.

    February 17, 2013

  • Bill R.

    I would but I don't know any body

    February 17, 2013

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