Learn about wild edibles March 5 at MDC virtual program

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Wild edibles consist of much more than morel mushrooms. The forests and grasslands that stretch across the southern part of the state produce a bounty of natural foods that can add variety to any dinner table.

People can learn more about edible plants that can be found in southern Missouri March 5 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) virtual program “Wild Edibles.” This free online program, which will be from 2-4 p.m., is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center and by guest presenter Bo Brown. People can register for this program at:


The March 5 program that will be given by Brown, along with MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Ali Underwood, will discuss the variety of food items the region’s landscape can provide for the table. Brown is a local author who has written a book on wild edibles. In addition to talking about what’s available, Brown and Underwood will also have tips about gathering and preparing these items for the table.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.