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Wildcrafting: Oak Acorn Holiday Cookies, Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Sunday, November 18th come learn the art of wildcrafting with acorns at the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Volcan Mountain Nature Center at the headwaters of Santa Ysabel Creek in Julian.


Late fall is when our native oak trees drop their acorns in abundance.  Acorns have been one of the sources for food throughout human history.  In fact, most Native Americans used acorns for food, including our local Kumeyaay who preferred black oak acorns to make porridge called Shawee.  We, however, will turn our acorn flour into delicious cookies for the holidays.  We will also take a short walk to observe different oak trees and their acorns and learn about the process of harvesting acorns, including acorn selection, drying, leeching and grinding techniques.  

Wildcrafting is the age-old practice of collecting or harvesting plants from their natural habitat, or “wild” habitat, for food, medicine or craft.  It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they might be found and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.  Ethical considerations and sustainable behaviors are practiced, such as protecting endangered species and avoiding potential depletion of commonly held resources. The practice of sustainable wildcrafting requires making a commitment to develop your knowledge and connection to the natural landscape, deepen your local sense of place, and take responsibility for its regeneration for future generations.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:00 am -1:00 pm

Cost: Activity Fee is $20 per person. Click Here to Register and Pay no later than Saturday, November 17th. (Registration closes at 5:00 pm); Space is limited to 12 participants. REGISTER NOW!

Due to the gated entry for VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center (22850 Volcan Road/4002 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036), please plan to arrive between 9:45 am - 9:55 am.

Wildcrafting workshops are generally held every other month on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Holidays might change the date of the workshops, so check for updates.  Class size is generally limited to 12 participants, but can change.

Other Scheduled Wildcrafting Workshops:

January 27, 2019 – Winter Willow Dreamcatchers

March 24, 2019 – Spring Edible Forest Feast

May 27, 2019 – Wildcrafting Lip Balm and Wild Herbal Salve

You may contact the VMF office with questions or for more information at 760-765-2300 or info@volcanmt.org. (VMF office is open M-F)

Visit the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www.VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities on and around the Volcan Mountain Range.