Knee Deep in Prairies 2017 + Sam Thayer Wild Edibles Workshop

Aug 25
Hosted by:Riveredge Nature Center
When:
August 25, 2017 at 8:00am to
Where:
Riveredge Nature Center map 4458 County Rd Y Saukville, WI 53080-1236
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Sam Thayer Workshop- Saturday, August 26, 8 AM to 5 PM

SPECIAL THIS YEAR: We are so excited for Sam Thayer to be giving the keynote address at Knee Deep this year, but know for fans of wild edibles, this isn't nearly enough time with Sam. That's why we're very excited to offer an additional all day workshop with Sam on the Saturday following Knee Deep, August 26.

Sam is a Wisconsin native and author of The Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden. Along with speaking and writing, he is a maple syrup producer, wild rice harvester, and owns a small organic orchard. Besides wild food foraging, Sam is an all-around naturalist with particular interest in reptiles, amphibians, bird watching, botany, and mammals. His passion for wild food extends to studying the origin of cultivated plants and the socioeconomic history of the human diet.

At the workshop, you'll join Sam for a hands-on day of botany, foraging, and feasting. We’ll be exploring the varied landscape of Riveredge to learn about the edible plants of prairies, forests, lawns, wetlands, and everything in between. Of course, you’ll learn to identify these plants, but we’ll also discuss their ecology—so you know how to find them, and how to use them responsibly. We will be gathering a number of plants that are in season and preparing them for a tasting at the end of the workshop.

The standalone cost of Sam's Saturday workshop is $60 for Riveredge non-members, but as a special incentive to check out the full day of informative and fun workshops, tours, and classes at Knee Deep (see below for full details) as well as Sam's keynote lunch presentation, add on the workshop to your Knee Deep registration for only $50 per person. As our thanks for being part of the family, all Riveredge members can attend Sam's workshop at the $50 rate, even if they are not able to attend Knee Deep. Overnight camping on at Riveredge on Friday is available for free to those attending Sam's workshop! Select this option while checking out, and we'll be in touch with more details closer to the event. 

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Knee Deep In Prairies- Friday, August 25, 8 AM - 4 PM

One of the great glories of Riveredge is the 35 acres of mature prairie plantings, legacy of Andy Larsen, who served as director of Riveredge from soon after its founding in 1968 until 2001.  Andy’s vision and work with volunteers transformed worn-out farmland into the spectacular prairie community of today. From pasque flowers in the spring to myriad summer blooming plants, to the gentian, goldenrod and asters of fall, prairies are a constantly changing place of wonder.

At Knee Deep, you'll explore and learn about these fascinating ecosystems with a full day of hands on learning sessions with the experts in prairie ecology. Sessions range from learning how to plant a prairie in your backyard to learning about the wildlife that call prairies home. 

With great breakout sessions, beautiful tours, a delicious lunch, and keynote speaker Sam Thayer, a reknowned wild edibles expert, you don't want to miss out on this event!

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Full  Knee Deep Schedule: 

8:00 – Registration and Refreshments

8:30-9:00 – Welcome

9:10-11:20 – Tours/Breakout sessions (off-site tours have limited availability) 

Choose Either Off-Site Tour OR On-Site Tours With A Morning Breakout Session

Prairie Tour A: off-site – From Farm Field to Prairie – Tour Ben Arnold’s Plantings (limited to 20 people)

Since 2013 Eco-Resource Consulting, LLC, has been working to design and restore several acres of degraded wetland/prairie on the Krier property in the Town of Belgium.   Their goal has been to create three wetland plant communities: shallow marsh, sedge meadow, and wet meadow. These areas have been seeded with a high density of upland native grasses and forbs to provide wildlife habitat and erosion control, and to add a diverse color regime to the landscape of the property. Live plugs were also planted to grow in the organic soil and keep the spread of reed canary grass to a minimum.  As these native plant communities have matured wide varieties of birds and animals have returned and now call this property their home.  Join ERC staff to tour this property & learn more about the project.

Prairie Tour B: on-site tour of Riveredge prairies + 1 breakout session

Breakout session A: Eat Riveredge (Matt Smith)

Enjoy prepared samples of various wild edibles currently in season at Riveredge followed by a hike with Matt Smith, our Land Manager, to see where and how these plants grow. 

Breakout session B: Fire’s Impact on the Plant and Bird Communities (Dorothy Boyer)

Imagine a prairie in bloom.  Now imagine insects, birds and mammals using the plants in the prairie.  In this presentation Wild Ones member, Dorothy Boyer, will offer a peek at what goes on in a native landscape.

Breakout session C: Our Land And Water Legacy (Tom Stolp)

Join Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director, Tom Stolp, to hear how you can ensure that your conservation values are protected for future generations. Topics discussed include: conservation easements, land donations, and OWLT’s work to acquire and protect over 30 Preserves in our area.

Breakout session D:  Self-guided Prairie Quest

Explore a prairie on your own with an activity guide.

11:30-12:00 – Lunch – Catered lunch by Out & Out

12:00-1:00 Keynote Speaker – 

Sam Thayer  – “The Edible Prairie: Managing Through Gathering”  

Sam is a Wisconsin native and author of The Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden. Along with speaking and writing, he is a maple syrup producer, wild rice harvester, and owns a small organic orchard. Besides wild food foraging, Sam is an all-around naturalist with particular interest in reptiles, amphibians, bird watching, botany, and mammals. His passion for wild food extends to studying the origin of cultivated plants and the socioeconomic history of the human diet.

Sam will discuss how we can used “prescribed foraging” in our management of prairies. Gathering from our prairie is a vehicle to ecological awareness: It engages us with the landscape and keeps us keenly aware of species composition and the status of specific colonies or populations. Thayer will discuss how the harvest of specific edible plants can be, and has been, sustainably incorporated into prairie management.

(Note: standalone tickets for just Sam's keynote speech and lunch may be available closer to the event as room allows. If this is an option that would be of interest to you, please send Matt Smith an email at msmith@riveredge.us to add yourself to a waiting list, and Matt will contact you with more details closer to to the event.)

1:10-3:20 Breakout sessions

Breakout session F: Fire Tools, Tactics, And Objects (Matt Smith)

Learn how staff and volunteers prepare for and conduct burns on the Riveredge landscape. We will, tour various burn units, discuss each site's objectives, burn breaks, ignition plans, current fire research, and showcase the various tools utilized.

Breakout session GPrairie How To's (Tom Kroeger) 

If short-grass prairies can be created on a human-made island from rock tailings and urban fill you can develop one on your property tooJoin Tom Kroeger, manager of Lakeshore State Park, to learn what obstacles and surprises you can expect when starting your own prairie planting. Walk Riveredge’s well-established prairies with Tom to find out his secrets to success.

Breakout session HNature Journaling & Sketching (Babette Kis)

Learn to become keen observers of the natural world by drawing and writing about plants and animals in the field.   Keeping a field journal will help you to develop your skills of observation and documentation.  Gain confidence in drawing and writing about the natural world by learning a few simple sketching techniques from artist, Babette Kis.  All necessary materials will be provided.

Breakout session ISelf-guided Prairie Quest

Explore a prairie on your own with an activity guide.

3:30-4:00 – Networking Social

4:00 –  Open Hiking on RNC prairies

 


               

   

Big thanks to our sponsors Pheasants Forever, Adaptive Restoration, Johnson's Nursery, Monches Farm, and SEWISC as well as individual donors for making this event possible! 


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