What we're about

Welcome to the Colorado Wandering Monkeys - Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Foraging. Lead by Certified Master Herbalist, Certified International Tour Manager and 14 year wilderness and urban adventure guide, John Lewis Sanchez.

This group was created to bring locals of Colorado closer to nature while beginning and grow in the hobby of wild foraging in the Colorado mountains and plains.

What we do:

We provide down to earth, hobbyist level, outings covering:

Plant Identification for Beginners
Wild plant foraging field trips
Herbal remedies classes
Wildflower Identification hikes
Seasonal Harvesting Hikes

The Colorado Wandering Monkeys was founded and is based in Colorado Springs. The Monkeys have fast become popular with Colorado locals, providing a real and pro-active outlet to get outside with a purpose.

Learning to identify edible and medicinal plants, in your own backyard, is a great way to learn a more natural way to heal yourself. Whether you're new to foraging and itching to explore or you have been interested but found it difficult to find a starting point. We can help with your trek.

The Wandering Monkeys Foraging Group leaders know Colorado and its medicinal plants, we have a true love and passion for wild edibles and love sharing it with like minded Monkeys that enjoy the challenge and pride of foraging for medicinal plants of Colorado.

Foraging Field Trips are generally hiking tours and generally along mountain streams and un-impoved trails. Hikes are of a selected area/location around Colorado Springs but expand to all parts of Colorado. With some hikes, walks, climbs and underground adventures to be expected. We also provide urban foraging field trips that may include walking as well as biking.

Remedy making classes, lectures and discussions are typically held in or near downtown Colorado Springs with some being held in an outdoor forest settings. We use Public Library facilities as a primary choice for discussion meet-ups, which we hope inspires everyone to not rely on the internet for research. The use of printed books and field guides are the primary tools of a forager in the wilderness.

Sometimes:

We offer a few other tours to our loyal following of Wandering Monkeys. These are a mixture of local frontier history, folklore, native tales and Haunted History of local areas. These are offered for FREE or very low cost but you must be a Wandering Monkey club member to attend those social events.

We do not care if you are 18 or 132 years old, If you can keep up then you are welcome to join in on the adventures. Purple, Green or Rainbow, everyone is welcome. We are one Wandering Monkey family..

AT YOUR OWN RISK:

The information shared during any meet-up is not intended to cure any ailment or disease. We do not suggest you stop or start any health changes without consulting your doctor. Self-medicating is risky and not advised. Always consult a professional.

We are a public Meetup Club which means that you will have to Meet us at the events start location, noted on each event. In some cases we will meet and car pool from certain points in order to reduce our carbon footprint. However, we are not big fans of total strangers riding together. We ask that you take the time to know your fellow Monkeys before you join any carpool. Be a safe Monkey.

Each event is taken AT YOUR OWN RISK. No Monkey business. Safety first.

We welcome all that are fit enough to join. You are also welcome to drop out at any time, no harm in finding out something is harder than it sounded. We do the best we can to help describe each event. All we can say is do what you can and when you can. We welcome all including singles, couples and small groups of friends. This is an all ages Meetup with the only limit being you. You deide what you can do and then RSVP.

We are one human family and the only thing we ask is that you treat everyone with respect and kindness. Please be kind and update your RSVP if you change your mind about attending. There may be other Monkeys on the Waiting List so please be a good Monkey.

BAD MONKEYS:

Anyone showing bad or creeper type attitude or vibes will be excluded fast. This is not a game nor are we worried about bad reviews from a bully. We are professional tour guides and we love our Wandering Monkeys. We all know a jerk or creeper. There will not be political correctness or debates, nor will there be second chances. Live and let live but even us Monkeys have a line we must draw in the sand for the happiness of the group so don't be a Bad Monkey or you will be a Ex-Monkey.

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Upcoming events (5+)

The Secret Life of Trees

Garden Of The Gods

$20.00

Welcome to another Colorado Wandering Monkeys Event. Trees are a familiar feature of any landscape. They dot mountains and hillsides of Colorado, and clump together in forests, often next to roadways and rivers. They’re present on the city streets we traipse along. In mountain towns and villages, they are as much a part of the aesthetic appeal of a place as dirt streets and quaint architecture. They’re everywhere, and we expect them to be. And yet, we rarely think about them, about their being-ness, about their lives. We know they are necessary for maintaining the health of the global ecosystem and that without them, we would not have so much of the material things that enable our daily living – houses, furniture, paper, etc. But we don’t think of them outside of their practical usefulness to us. Most of us don’t imagine that they have lives; that they need and feel and have relationships with all living things around them. They’re just there. For us. Right? But, in many respects, this is actually a matter of not being able to see “the wood for the trees”! Trees offer us so much and are such an integral part of our lives, yet we cannot see what is right in front of us – the truth that they also have lives of their own. The sceptics among us might brush this off as a fanciful notion, but science has stepped in on many occasions to prove this as fact. Thus, in this event, we will look at the secret life of trees, from not just a notional point of view, but a scientific one, using the research and numerous tests that have been conducted by scientists to uncover one of the most astonishing ideas – that trees connect and commune with one another. To get to the point of genuinely appreciating this idea, the event follows a historical arc that traces trees’ wisdom from the start of time. The event thus begins when trees first emerged on Earth. It moves through the centuries when various cultures accepted the power and presence of trees as something to be revered and respected and it concludes in our modern age wherein we are desperate to “relearn” trees’ ancient secrets of life force and healing. In amongst this chronology, students are introduced to the various queries that may help us to better understand trees, such as do they sleep? Do they see and hear? Can they feel pain? Do they talk? In investigating these questions, this event offers traditional interpretations alongside the current research that attempts to answer them. This event will cover: Basic and Intermediate Identification of Colorado Trees The Benefits of Trees The History of Trees Do Trees have Feelings? Sleep Pattern of Trees Trees and Gender How Trees Communicate The Medicinal Power of Trees Cost for this informative adventure is $20.00 per person attending. (Children 8 and under are at NO Charge but you must keep track of them the entire time). Items to Bring: Dress for the weather and changing weather layers Notebook and Pen Water to last the entire event No bathroom available Walking sticks always advised on any hike. Please keep your 'RSVP's up to date Meeting Point is goin to be at the bathrooms in the main parking lot under Kissing Camels. The event will start on time without excuses.

The Secret Life of Trees

Garden Of The Gods

$20.00

Welcome to another Colorado Wandering Monkeys Event. Trees are a familiar feature of any landscape. They dot mountains and hillsides of Colorado, and clump together in forests, often next to roadways and rivers. They’re present on the city streets we traipse along. In mountain towns and villages, they are as much a part of the aesthetic appeal of a place as dirt streets and quaint architecture. They’re everywhere, and we expect them to be. And yet, we rarely think about them, about their being-ness, about their lives. We know they are necessary for maintaining the health of the global ecosystem and that without them, we would not have so much of the material things that enable our daily living – houses, furniture, paper, etc. But we don’t think of them outside of their practical usefulness to us. Most of us don’t imagine that they have lives; that they need and feel and have relationships with all living things around them. They’re just there. For us. Right? But, in many respects, this is actually a matter of not being able to see “the wood for the trees”! Trees offer us so much and are such an integral part of our lives, yet we cannot see what is right in front of us – the truth that they also have lives of their own. The sceptics among us might brush this off as a fanciful notion, but science has stepped in on many occasions to prove this as fact. Thus, in this event, we will look at the secret life of trees, from not just a notional point of view, but a scientific one, using the research and numerous tests that have been conducted by scientists to uncover one of the most astonishing ideas – that trees connect and commune with one another. To get to the point of genuinely appreciating this idea, the event follows a historical arc that traces trees’ wisdom from the start of time. The event thus begins when trees first emerged on Earth. It moves through the centuries when various cultures accepted the power and presence of trees as something to be revered and respected and it concludes in our modern age wherein we are desperate to “relearn” trees’ ancient secrets of life force and healing. In amongst this chronology, students are introduced to the various queries that may help us to better understand trees, such as do they sleep? Do they see and hear? Can they feel pain? Do they talk? In investigating these questions, this event offers traditional interpretations alongside the current research that attempts to answer them. This event will cover: Basic and Intermediate Identification of Colorado Trees The Benefits of Trees The History of Trees Do Trees have Feelings? Sleep Pattern of Trees Trees and Gender How Trees Communicate The Medicinal Power of Trees Cost for this informative adventure is $20.00 per person attending. (Children 8 and under are at NO Charge but you must keep track of them the entire time). Items to Bring: Dress for the weather and changing weather layers Notebook and Pen Water to last the entire event No bathroom available Walking sticks always advised on any hike. Please keep your 'RSVP's up to date Meeting Point is goin to be at the bathrooms in the main parking lot under Kissing Camels. The event will start on time without excuses.

The Secret Life of Trees

Garden Of The Gods

$20.00

Welcome to another Colorado Wandering Monkeys Event. Trees are a familiar feature of any landscape. They dot mountains and hillsides of Colorado, and clump together in forests, often next to roadways and rivers. They’re present on the city streets we traipse along. In mountain towns and villages, they are as much a part of the aesthetic appeal of a place as dirt streets and quaint architecture. They’re everywhere, and we expect them to be. And yet, we rarely think about them, about their being-ness, about their lives. We know they are necessary for maintaining the health of the global ecosystem and that without them, we would not have so much of the material things that enable our daily living – houses, furniture, paper, etc. But we don’t think of them outside of their practical usefulness to us. Most of us don’t imagine that they have lives; that they need and feel and have relationships with all living things around them. They’re just there. For us. Right? But, in many respects, this is actually a matter of not being able to see “the wood for the trees”! Trees offer us so much and are such an integral part of our lives, yet we cannot see what is right in front of us – the truth that they also have lives of their own. The sceptics among us might brush this off as a fanciful notion, but science has stepped in on many occasions to prove this as fact. Thus, in this event, we will look at the secret life of trees, from not just a notional point of view, but a scientific one, using the research and numerous tests that have been conducted by scientists to uncover one of the most astonishing ideas – that trees connect and commune with one another. To get to the point of genuinely appreciating this idea, the event follows a historical arc that traces trees’ wisdom from the start of time. The event thus begins when trees first emerged on Earth. It moves through the centuries when various cultures accepted the power and presence of trees as something to be revered and respected and it concludes in our modern age wherein we are desperate to “relearn” trees’ ancient secrets of life force and healing. In amongst this chronology, students are introduced to the various queries that may help us to better understand trees, such as do they sleep? Do they see and hear? Can they feel pain? Do they talk? In investigating these questions, this event offers traditional interpretations alongside the current research that attempts to answer them. This event will cover: Basic and Intermediate Identification of Colorado Trees The Benefits of Trees The History of Trees Do Trees have Feelings? Sleep Pattern of Trees Trees and Gender How Trees Communicate The Medicinal Power of Trees Cost for this informative adventure is $20.00 per person attending. (Children 8 and under are at NO Charge but you must keep track of them the entire time). Items to Bring: Dress for the weather and changing weather layers Notebook and Pen Water to last the entire event No bathroom available Walking sticks always advised on any hike. Please keep your 'RSVP's up to date Meeting Point is goin to be at the bathrooms in the main parking lot under Kissing Camels. The event will start on time without excuses.

Early Spring Edible Plants & Wildflowers of Manitou Springs

manitou springs

$20.00

Welcome to another Colorado Wandering Monkeys event. We will be exploring the back roads, small meadows and trails of the small mountain town, Manitou Springs. We will also be entering the trailhead of Paul Intemann Memorial Trail. Wildflowers are one of the many beautiful benefits of living in Colorado and especially the Front Range. We have a highly diverse collection because of the mountains. They catch the wind blown seeds from across the open plains. A few lucky seeds, that can survive our wild weather, dig inn and germinate. During this event we will be discovering the early Spring wildflowers of Manitou. Teaching basic and intermediate identification skills as we search for young edible and medicinal plants and flowers of the area. As we sharpen our plant identification skills, in a group setting, we will include the following discussions along our trek: Ethical and responsible foraging Plant identification terminology How/what/where/when to harvest Safe preparation and preservation Herbal remedies to consider Leave no trace considerations Safety of wild herbs This is an event in self-discovery and learning with the support of a highly qualified master herbalist. You will be guided toward learning to safely identify and use wild herbs. This, uniquely Colorado event is $20.00 to attend. Kids under 8 are free but you must attend them the entire time. Payment for the event will be on the day of the event. Paid directly to your event leader. This is a great way to take your future hikes to another level of exploration. Foraging and identifying the wild plants of Colorado is a skill that is both interesting and beneficial. Items needed to have a great adventure: Proper hiking appeal for the weather Layer for changing weather Water for 3 hours of hiking Snacks if needed Notebook and pen Camera Hiking sticks AT YOUR OWN RISK: The information shared during any meet-up is not intended to cure any ailment or disease. We do not suggest you stop or start any health changes without consulting your doctor. Self-medicating is risky and not advised. Always consult a professional.

Past events (101)

Haunted Cave Adventure - Overnight in "The Most" Haunted Cave in Colorado

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

$50.00

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