Foraging Tours and Classes in Virginia

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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.-

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1. Eco Images

Vickie Shafer is the founder of Eco Images, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager. She offers classes, on exploring the outdoors, foraging, making medicine, and growing native and medicinal plants.

2. Julie Carestio Pettler

Julie Carestio Pettler is an herbalist. Her office is located in Frederick County, Virginia. She offers classes, foraging, and medicine-making workshops.

3. The Earth Connection School

Tim MacWelch found The Earth Connection School, located in Somerville, Virginia. The Earth Connection School is an outdoor school. It offers subjects that focus on wild foods, making fires, navigation, tracking, and primitive skills.

4. The Living Earth School

The Living Earth School is an organization located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia. Its curriculum is nature-based. It seeks to develop naturalist skills, finding edible/medicinal plants, survival skills, and much more. The Living Earth School offers classes, camping, and foraging.

5. Tracks and Roots

Alison Meehan created Tracks and Roots, located in Richmond, Virginia. She manages Tracks and roots with her fellow credible instructors. Her expertise is identifying trees, tracking, wild edibles, and medicinal plants. They offer foraging and wilderness survival courses.

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13 Responses

  1. I’m interested in mushroom foraging classes in Northern VA, but I’m unable to locate any. Can you help please? Thank you!

    1. I would like to find a foraging group in northern virginia so i can learn about edible wild mushrooms. I live in Falls Church

      1. Hello, Ann. I have the same interest.

        At this point, I am a group of one (LOL), but would be interested in finding a friend to go foraging with.

        Kind regards,


        1. Hi yes I too am interested in love in Alexandria- maybe we could try and start something through meetup.con???


  2. Hi,
    We are from France. We forged in the north every October. We are so excited to be apart of learning and forging in an eco friendly way. Pls contact me to discuss his to be apart of learning.

  3. Hi I run a coop group and was interested in learning foraging along with children and other adults in our group. Do you guys offer anything like that??

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