Edible, Medicinal, Magical & Useful Wild Plants

Listen to the plants, the moon, the sun, the grasshoppers, the animals & the birds, and they'll be in your heart forever.

Plant Walks

Plant walks are a fun, informal, and hands-on way to learn about the wild plants in your area from someone who knows them well. Whether you are just beginning your learning about the green world, are new to an area or ecosystem, or simply delight to hear more stories and perspectives on plants you already know well, plant walks are a wonderful way to learn and to meet like-minded folks. For those on or beginning a green path, going on plant walks with as many different instructors as you can is one of the best ways to expand perspective & learning. 

Plant walks are 3- 4 hours long, and take place entirely outdoors in many kinds of weather. Please dress accordingly, bring water, and a notebook, camera, snacks, or anything else you would like to feel comfortable. 

Victoria/ Lyrra has organized & offered plant walks since 2009. Topics may include wild plant foods; ecology; medicinal plants; harvesting methods & plant life cycles; plants for material needs and crafts; & basic botany & taxonomy. Victoria does not teach the subject of invasion biology.

 

Private Instruction

Want more focused instruction? A private plant walk on your land or any other chosen location can be tailored to your unique desires for learning and at your chosen pace. Private walks can range anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours. 

Or

Would you like a group plant walk tailored to your club, school, or other organization? Private walks can typically accommodate up to 20 people, and can focus on topics related to your group's interests or learning goals.   

Inquire about private instruction for individuals or groups by email. 

 

 

 
 


Summer Plant Walk

Sunday, August 15
3pm- 7pm
@ Charlottesville, VA (Monticello area)

Meet the wild plants of Summer in the mid-Atlantic Piedmont. We'll explore forest edge and meadows to learn about many plant foods, medicines, & materials specific to this region. Expect to meet trees & shrubs like black walnut, spicebush, persimmon, hickory, pawpaw, honey locust, hackberry, autumn olive, sassafras, wineberry, & black raspberry, and herbs like passionflower, goldenrod, life everlasting, & wild carrot. Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring: August is HOT, & we'll be covering a good bit of ground in this walk. Bring plenty of water, dress lightly, wear comfortable walking shoes, & sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

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*this walk is full*
please join the waitlist or view other scheduled walks

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Summer Plant Walk

Sunday, August 29
3pm- 7pm
@ North Garden, VA

In this walk we'll explore the abundant diversity of Summer growth along pond & streamsides, and within meadow & young forest.  Expect to meet water's edge plants like alder, hopniss, water hemlock, elder, jewelweed, watermint, & black willow; meadow plants like wild carrot & milkweed; & edge plants like wild grape, winged sumac, & persimmon.  Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  We'll be walking through some mud & crossing small streams, so wear appropriate footwear. August is HOT. Bring plenty of water, dress lightly, & sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there is a restroom in the parking lot of this trail, which we will only be near at the beginning & end of the walk. So it would be a good idea to be comfortable peeing in the woods if you need to. 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

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Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Early Autumn Plant Walk

Saturday, Sept 25
1pm- 5pm
@ Downtown Scottsville, VA

From the bustle of quaint downtown Scottsville we'll explore the feral edges where a diversity of entangled species thrive.  We'll practice some botany and meet many extraordinary edible, medicinal, & fiber bearing plants while teasing apart the tangle. Expect to see edge trees like black cherry, mimosa, honey locust, persimmon, & callery pear; wetland plants like wapato & poison water hemlock; meadow/pasture herbs like wild carrot, oxeye daisy, ironweed, sunchoke, agrimony & dogbane; and vines like wild grape and porcelain berry. Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for fungi and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  We'll be stepping into some tall pasture growth so wear clothing & footwear that will help you feel at ease amid possible poison ivy & ticks. Some parts of the walk also might be muddy.  Dress in layers you can easily take on and off, bring plenty of water, & consider sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there are numerous restrooms in the establishments in downtown Scottsville (the Exxon gas station, the coffee shop, etc.), so consider going before the start of the plant walk. If folks need to pee during the walk when we're a far distance from Main Street, we'll figure out an incognito spot for woods peeing.
 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

town edges

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Autumn Edges Plant Walk

Sunday, Oct 10
12pm- 4pm
@ Scottsville area, VA

Autumn is the time of abundance, when late season fruits & nuts hang heavy, cold season wild greens begin to re-emerge, and edible & medicinal roots become tender again. We'll explore both what's ripe as well as the remains of plants that are senescing from Spring & Summer. Learn about edge trees & shrubs like persimmon, hazelnut, oak, sumac, redbud, & black locust; meadow plants like milkweed & queen anne's lace; and water's edge plants like black willow, hopniss, alder, & water arum. Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for fungi and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  October tends to be hot in the sun & cold in the shade, so dress in abundant layers to strip down or layer up throughout the day. We'll be in the open sun for a lot of this walk. Bring plenty of water, comfortable outdoor footwear, & consider sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there are public restrooms near the parking lot of this location, where we will be at the start & end of the walk. However, we will not be covering much distance in this plant walk, so the restroom will only be a trot from the group for most of the day. There are also abundant woodsy nooks for peeing in the woods. 
 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Autumn Plant Walk

Thursday, Nov 4
12pm- 4pm
@ Charlottesville, VA (Monticello area)

In the rich meadows & forests of the mid-Atlantic Piedmont learn about many plant foods, medicines, & materials specific to this region. We'll meet trees & shrubs like black walnut, spicebush, persimmon, hickory, pawpaw, honey locust, hackberry, autumn olive, sassafras, wineberry, & black raspberry, and herbs like milkweed, goldenrod, life everlasting, & wild carrot. We'll focus on what plants are ripe or tender for harvesting in this season, as well as practice identifying the remains of Spring & Summer's growth. We'll also talk about harvesting & tending methods, and propagation techniques related to each plant. Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  early November is likely to be chilly but could still be hot in the sun, so dress in abundant layers to strip down or layer up throughout the day. We will not be moving fast or "hiking" that builds heat, so bring more layers than you think you'll need. Bring plenty of water, & comfortable outdoor footwear. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there are no public restrooms at this location, but there are abundant secluded forest & brushy areas for peeing in the woods. 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Late Autumn Plant Walk

Sunday, Nov 28
12pm- 4pm
@ North Garden, VA

Come explore abundant diversity along rich meadows, wetland, and young hardwood forest, as we look for late season fruits like wild grape, persimmon, & rose hip, & cool season root foods like wild carrot, hog peanut, & hopniss. As the deciduous leaves fall in the forest & edges, we'll practice identifying trees & shrubs in their dormant state, and the remnants of herbaceous plants senesced from Summer. Plant fibers, dyes, & applications for fire & material crafts will also be a special focus this time of year.  
Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  Dress warmly in more layers than you think you'll need. We will not be moving fast or "hiking" that builds heat. Bring plenty of water, & wear comfortable outdoor footwear suitable for a bit of mud and walking through some occasional knee-high growth. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there is a restroom in the parking lot of this trail, which we will only be near at the beginning & end of the walk. So it would be a good idea to be comfortable peeing in the woods if you need to. 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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About Lyrra's relationship to plants:

Lyrra studied Ethnobotany & Western herbal medicine at the Evergreen State College in Washington state, where she graduated in 2011. After college she pursued hands-on learning and rigorous self study in permaculture, plant spirit medicine, wild edible plants, and ancestral skills or "earthskills," while spending time living close to the land in a spectrum of urban, rural, and off-grid landscapes. Here in the living of everyday life are her relationships to plants created and deepened, through extensive gardening, foraging, wildcrafting, animal husbandry, and the harvesting of plant material for crafts and tasks ranging from basketry to hide tanning to fiber processing to dyes to fire to primitive tattooing to tool making. Ever traveling, her meeting of new plants and landscapes sprout perpetual wonder, experimentation, devotion, and awe.

The landscapes and ecologies with which Lyrra is most familiar are the Southeastern Appalachians, piedmont, & lowcountry, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida (which is basically its own country), the Northeast, and the Pacific Northwest. 

 

On the subjects of plants and earth based living Lyrra has had more teachers than she could possibly ever count. In recent years, she is grateful to have learned from Samuel Thayer, Doug Elliot & Yanna Fishman, and such Florida plant nuts as Green Deane, Andy Firk, and Michael Adler.

Articles & Media:

Alive and Awake, by April Bartel, Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, 2017 (article)

The Forager's Apprentice, Episode 1617 of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann (audio interview)

Part 2 (of above interview), Episode 1636 of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann (audio interview)