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Workshops and Field Courses

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Plant Identification

As a professional botanist with more than 30 years' experience working with the plants of PEI, I'm an expert in identification of local species.  I host presentations and workshops showing people how to identify plants, with a focus on edible, medicinal, poisonous and provincially-rare species.  I'll usually toss in some ecological information as a bonus!

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Wildlife Tracks & Sign

Learning to read wildlife tracks and sign can tell you much about your neighbours of other species and the world around you.  I host workshops teaching people the basic skills to do this for PEI's mammals and some key birds.   I also run a series on this topic on my Facebook page every fall and winter.

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Natural History of PEI

I describe natural history as the story our land tells about itself.  From formation of our sedimentary sandstone bedrock 300 million years ago, through the last glaciation, to our original Indigneous people and later European settlement, our land has a fascinating story to tell!  I interpret this through both presentations and field workshops.

Upcoming Events

  • Natural History of PEI
    Natural History of PEI
    Wed, May 01
    Kensington
    May 01, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Kensington, Kensington, PE C0B 1M0, Canada
    May 01, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Kensington, Kensington, PE C0B 1M0, Canada
    Join me at the Kensington North Watersheds Association AGM where I'll be speaking about PEI's history from Permian to Present.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Sat, May 18
    Saint Chrysostome
    May 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    May 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats, and make cat-tail pickles to take home! $60 per person.
  • Spring Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Spring Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Sat, May 25
    Hazelgrove
    May 25, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Hazelgrove, Hazelgrove, PE C0A 1N0, Canada
    May 25, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Hazelgrove, Hazelgrove, PE C0A 1N0, Canada
    Identify and taste some of the Island's edible and medicinal plants in Central PEI.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Wed, May 29
    Saint Chrysostome
    May 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    May 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats!
  • Plant Walk at Macphail Woods
    Plant Walk at Macphail Woods
    Sat, Jun 01
    Vernon Bridge
    Jun 01, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Vernon Bridge, 269 McPhail Park Rd, Vernon Bridge, PE C0A 2E0, Canada
    Jun 01, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Vernon Bridge, 269 McPhail Park Rd, Vernon Bridge, PE C0A 2E0, Canada
    Join me for my annual, free plant identification walk in support of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
  • Urban Foraging
    Urban Foraging
    Wed, Jun 12
    Charlottetown
    Jun 12, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Charlottetown, 420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9, Canada
    Jun 12, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Charlottetown, 420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal species in an urban setting.
  • Summer Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Summer Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Sat, Jun 15
    Montague
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Montague, 7096 Commercial Rd, Montague, PE C0A 1R0, Canada
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Montague, 7096 Commercial Rd, Montague, PE C0A 1R0, Canada
    Identify and taste some of PEI's edible and medicinal plants in eastern PEI.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Sat, Jun 22
    Saint Chrysostome
    Jun 22, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Jun 22, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats! Registration opens in June. Cost: $50.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Fri, Jun 28
    Saint Chrysostome
    Jun 28, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Jun 28, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats! Registration opens in June. Cost: $50.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Thu, Jul 11
    Saint Chrysostome
    Jul 11, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Jul 11, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats! Registration opens in July. Cost: $50.
  • Bog & Orchid Walk for Island Nature Trust
    Bog & Orchid Walk for Island Nature Trust
    Sat, Jul 13
    Ellerslie
    Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Ellerslie, Ellerslie, PE C0B 1J0, Canada
    Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Ellerslie, Ellerslie, PE C0B 1J0, Canada
    This event is part of Island Nature Trust's passport to nature series. You can learn more on their website: https://islandnaturetrust.ca/
  • Bog Ecology and Orchid Walk
    Bog Ecology and Orchid Walk
    Sat, Jul 20
    Ellerslie
    Jul 20, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Ellerslie, Ellerslie, PE C0B 1J0, Canada
    Jul 20, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Ellerslie, Ellerslie, PE C0B 1J0, Canada
    Learn about the fascinating ecology of the peat bog, and meet some rare plants including orchids!
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Thu, Jul 25
    Saint Chrysostome
    Jul 25, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Jul 25, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats! Registration opens in July. Cost: $50.
  • Edible and Medicinal Plants - illustrated talk
    Edible and Medicinal Plants - illustrated talk
    Fri, Jul 26
    Alberton
    Jul 26, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
    Alberton, Alberton, PE, Canada
    Jul 26, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
    Alberton, Alberton, PE, Canada
    Join me at the Prince County Exhibition to learn about some of PEI's edible, medicinal, and toxic plants.
  • Forest Ecology Walk
    Forest Ecology Walk
    Sat, Aug 10
    Souris Line Road
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Souris Line Road, Souris Line Road, PE C0A 2B0, Canada
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Souris Line Road, Souris Line Road, PE C0A 2B0, Canada
    Visit one of the remnant examples of PEI's old growth forest to learn about the plants, animals, and ecological processes that make it important.
  • Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Edible Plant Walk with the Beach Goats
    Thu, Aug 15
    Saint Chrysostome
    Aug 15, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Aug 15, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Chrysostome, St Chrysostome, PE C0B 1Y0, Canada
    Learn about PEI's edible and medicinal plants in the company of friendly goats! Registration opens in August. Cost: $50.
  • Summer Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Summer Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
    Sat, Aug 17
    Bonshaw
    Aug 17, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Bonshaw, Bonshaw, PE C0A 1C0, Canada
    Aug 17, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Bonshaw, Bonshaw, PE C0A 1C0, Canada
    Identify and taste some of the Island's edible and medicinal plants in Central PEI.
  • Forest Ecology Walk
    Forest Ecology Walk
    Sat, Sep 14
    New Glasgow
    Sep 14, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    New Glasgow, New Glasgow, PE C0A 1N0, Canada
    Sep 14, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    New Glasgow, New Glasgow, PE C0A 1N0, Canada
    Visit a forest with old growth characteristics in central PEI to learn about the plants, fungi, and ecological processes that make it important.
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