Helping Others Connect with Nature

Outdoor Adventures

Programs for all ages



For All Ages

There are a number of opportunities to explore backyards, swamps, marshes, and forests and become familiar with the plants and animals that live there. Programs promote getting outdoors and connecting with nature while developing skills for being outdoors.

Foraging – identify, gather and prepare wild plants to use for food and medicine.

Green Farmacy – Learn to make lotions, potions, oils, and salves for health and wellness.

Wilderness Survival Skills – develop basic survival skills for being outdoors, including food, water, shelter, firemaking, tracking, and more;

Wetland Wildlife – explore ocean and bay waters to discover the plants and animals that live there.

Customized tours can be scheduled to accommodate groups or individuals. Rates vary depending on group size and needs.

Vickie Presenting a Program

Vickie Presenting a Nature Program

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine - learning which herbs to keep in your medicine chest to treat simple ailments

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine - learning which herbs to keep in your medicine chest to treat simple ailments


Wild Harvest with Vickie Shufer

Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 1:00-3:00 p.m.

A series of classes designed to improve and maintain good health by focusing on body systems and herbs that are beneficial and how to prepare basic remedies that are safe and effective.

Cost: $35/class or $120 for all 4 classes, includes handouts, recipes, and samples to take home. Space is limited.

January 13: Colds and Flus – herbs for immune and respiratory health; Find out which herbs are best for treating and preventing common colds and flus. Participate in making tea blends that are soothing to the respiratory system as well as syrups and elixirs for treating fevers, coughs, colds, and flus.

February 10: Heart Health – herbs for the cardiovascular and circulatory system; maintain and improve your heart health by learning about herbs that can help reduce stress, blood pressure, and improve circulation. Prepare ‘Heart Balls’ and herbal teas that contribute to a healthy heart.

March 10: Pain and Inflammation – find out the role of pain and inflammation and herbs that can be used for treating headaches, arthritis, and infections. Learn how to make salves and lotions for topical use and teas and tinctures for drinking.

April 14: Digestive Health – herbs for the digestive system; Learn how to improve and maintain a robust digestive system through the use of spices and herbs. Become familiar with different tastes and the role of bitters for digestive health. Samples will be available for tasting.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, email name, address, and phone number to . Directions will be sent upon registration. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card upon arrival.

Herbal Medicine

Botany Basics Foraging Classes

Wild Woods Farm, 1-4:00 p.m.

Foraging classes will be held in the Blackwater section of Virginia Beach and will focus on following the seasons and identifying plants growing around us, as well as how to process and prepare them. Samples will be available to taste.

Suggested Donation: $25/person per class or $80 for all 4 classes; children under 12 half price; includes handouts, recipes, and samples to taste. Space is limited.

January 19 (Saturday): Foraging: Winter Greens; Join us on a stroll around the yard, gardens, fields, and edges of the forest, identifying and gathering winter greens to use in a salad and/or herb spread.

February 16 (Saturday): Foraging: Roots and Shoots; Roots, growing beneath the surface, are absorbing and storing food, water, and minerals. The time to gather roots is when the plant is dormant, from fall to early spring, as long as the ground is not frozen, before they start showing signs of new life. We will be identifying the different types of roots, which ones are edible and how to prepare them for food and medicine. We will also gather young shoots of emerging greens and prepare them for samples.

March 16 (Saturday): Foraging: Spring Tonics; Spring is traditionally a time to cleanse the body of toxins built up through the winter from reduced activity. We will identify and gather herbs that target different organs/systems and prepare teas and a detox soup for sampling.

April 20 (Saturday): Foraging: Flower Power; Plants begin blooming in early spring and continue into the summer. Learn how to use a wildflower key to identify flowering plants and find out which ones have edible and medicinal uses. Participate in gathering wild flowers and preparing them in teas and dishes for sampling.

Registration: To register, send name, address, and phone number to . Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card upon arrival.

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