Foraging Tours and Classes in Illinois

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Foraging Tours, Walks, Classes, and Groups (Updated for 2024)

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.-

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1. Illinois Mycological Association

This club seeks to promote mycology as a form of recreation. They conduct monthly meetings and forays to enhance their knowledge of wild mushroom hunting.

2. Eat The Neighborhood

Eat The Neighborhood is a Chicago-based provider which is managed by Dave Odd. Hostsforaging and wildlife tours in or places near Chicago. They cater to private groups, camping, classroom, and small family tours.

3. Return to Nature

Dan Farella’s mission is to teach people about nature’s diversity- wild plants, mushrooms, and medicinal herbs. He and his friends conducted their activities in various places, such as Pennsylvania, New York State, California, Delaware, New Jersey, New Mexico, and many more. Return to Nature offers classes, and workshops and educates people about wild plants and mushroom foraging, herbalism, survival skills, and theories that revolve around nature.

4. The Resiliency Institute

The Resilient Institute is a non-profit organization that’s located in Naperville, Illinois. They offer courses in permaculture, herbalism, edible wild plants, and more.

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  1. Looking for a class …walk near me. I want to learn to identify and eat plants and mushrooms in my area I live in New Salem Illinois. I am very Hands-On second guess myself all the time on what I can eat and not eat. If there are any classes coming up near around my area please let me know. Have plenty of land to forge just don’t know what to eat or not to eat

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