Edible and Medicinal Native Plants
Speaker/Guide: Jonathan Townsend
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach
Jonathan is the Conservation Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, overseeing thestewardship of 27 preserves totaling 1,031 acres. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at Jamestown Community College, and sits on the Board of Directors at Greystone Nature Preserve where he coordinates and implements bat conservation and research programs throughout the county, including at the Chautauqua Institution. Join Jonathan as he explores the many edible and medicinal plant species that abound in all of our lawns and gardens. In this program you will learn the appropriate way to identify, harvest, and prepare wild plants for food or herbal remedies, as well as the natural history and various ecological relationships that make these plants valuable to wildlife.
With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the CWC, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org