Foraging Tours and Classes in Connecticut


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Foraging Tours, Walks, Classes, and Groups (Updated for 2021)

The list below has been curated to include only those groups and foragers that schedule regular events and are currently active. Please email us about any broken links or incorrect links so we can keep the list updated. If you offer classes or scheduled foraging events feel free to contact us about being added to the list.- eattheplanet.org@gmail.com

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1. Eat The Planet

Owner Joe Ross (aka “Joe Forager”) has been foraging in Connecticut for over 20 years.  He created this website to help make foraging more accessible to people around the US and beyond. Joe is now offering in-person classes locally in Connecticut. Eat The Planet focuses on building plant and mushroom identification as a foundation for foraging.

2. Connecticut Foraging Club

Connecticut Foraging Club offers monthly free walks, as well as foraging classes, from March-November. They meet in various locations throughout Connecticut. To learn about upcoming events, you can go to their Facebook page or email shroomsofct@gmail.com to join the email list. 

3. “Wildman” Steve Brill

Steve Brill is tagged as one of the most famous men in the field of foraging. He conducted foraging tours in places like Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Steve Brill taught people what wild edibles, medicinal plants, and mushrooms are and which are beneficial, but often neglected by people.

4. Russ Cohen

Russ Cohen is a naturalist and food enthusiast. His love for wild edible plants started way back when he was in high school. Foraging walks and classes are being conducted by Russ Cohen in most parts of New England. He authored the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten.

5. Berkshire Mycological Society

Berkshire Mycological Society is a club about foraging wild mushrooms. They conduct walks around Massachusetts, areas around Connecticut, and New York. The members of this club meet at 10 a.m. every Sunday and they gather and identify mushrooms.

6. Connecticut Valley Mycological Society

Connecticut Valley Mycological Society was founded in 1975. It is located in the northeast of CT. CVMS offers foraging tours and classes with a focus on mushrooms for the following reasons: mushrooms as a form of food; mushrooms as the focus of fungi study, and mushrooms as a form of art.

7. Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association

Connecticut Westchester Mycological Association (COMA) was established in 1975. COMA’s most common locations for walks are Westchester County, Southern Connecticut, and sometimes Rockland County. This association conducts walks and lectures. They encourage interest and further study of mushrooms. You can also learn about trees, flowers, birds and many more.

8. South Shore Foragers

South Shore Foragers is a group whose focus is on sharing information and adventures about local foraging. Located in Middleborough, MA. They offer foraging tours and casual hiking activities.

9. The 3 Foragers

The 3 Foragers are Robert, Karen, and Gillian. Originally, these people are from Norwich, CT. They conduct talks and classes about foraging wild food, eating weeds, wild edible plants, fungi, wild mushrooms and sometimes eating invasive plants.



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