Calling all foodies, hikers, naturalists and fun seekers! Join us for a delicious opportunity to learn about native edible plants located in the Atchafalaya Basin. The class will consist of wild plant identification hikes through the natural habitats of the area. The first hike will be right from the
Atchafalaya Welcome Center. We will then mosey on over to the nearby Alligator Trail. Emphasis will be placed on physical plant characteristics, edible plant parts, proper plant preparation, and available season of harvest. Some poisonous wild plants will also be covered since these often grow right with the edible ones. Come join us as we explore the world of edible wild plants and expand your diet to include these nutritious wild resources!
About Your Guide: Mark grew up camping and hiking in a region known as the Callahan Divide of western Texas. It was here amid the Juniper and Pecan Forests where his love of wild places and the skills to live in these places first developed. For over 15 years now, he has been traveling to natural areas across the United States to learn, practice, and live the lifeway that he so dearly loves, primitive wilderness living. Mark served proudly as a soldier in the US Army for four years and is an Infantry Combat Veteran (Iraq 2004). He is a long time student of Tom Brown Jr. and has studied bow making under Jim Hamm. Experience by trial and error have shaped Mark throughout his life, so he now has a very thorough knowledge of what works and what does not work. He also works with the Lipan Apache Indians down in south Texas on survival programs and events. Mark believes that the primitive living skills are an art and science that give people not only a greater sense of security in the outdoors, but a connection to the earth in a real way. He holds a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and teaches from real life experiences. Mark lives with his wife Amy in College Station, Texas and together travel to various wild places across the state to teach primitive wilderness survival skills.
Meet at Pack & Paddle at 7:15am and we will carpool to the Atchafalaya Welcome Center where we will meet up with other hikers who may want to meet closer to the trailhead. Your confirmation email will contain our meeting place.
$50 per Hiker
Price Includes: Instructor, guide, and lunch.
- Required Items- Water, rain/wind gear, hat, sunscreen and bug spray.
- Minimum Age - 12 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent that is also signed up for the trip
- Level 1 trip - Our easiest trips. These are casual trips with time to chat and take photographs. Terrain on these trips is more gentle than other levels.