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Week Nine: Lake Walk

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"Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Chautauqua Campus”
Speaker/Guide: Katie Finch
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

A short introduction to the identification and precautions necessary in collection, processing and properties of common edible/medicinal plants found along the lakeshore and central grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.

Katie Finch will lead participants along the lakeshore, and given time, through the ravine and around the central grounds. Please dress for the weather and come ready to have the time of your life!

Katie works as nature educator at Audubon Community Nature Center. For the past 8 years in this role Katie has taught hands on, science lessons in local schools, local parks and at Audubon with elementary and middle school children. Katie also heads up the play initiative at Audubon which explores how to best use free, unstructured outdoor play to help children connect with nature while also developing social, emotional and cognitive skills.

As an avid outdoor person, Katie enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and exploring outside. And one way she connects with the natural world is through food. Katie started eating “weeds” over 12 years ago while living on Cape Cod- place that has such a rich history gathering food from the land. Since then, Katie has expanded her “grocery list” and uses what she has learned to teach edible plant programs at Audubon. Degreed in Elementary Education and Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, she has worked in the outdoor field for 16 years.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, 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!

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

Earlier Event: August 16
Week Eight: Nature Walk
Later Event: August 20
Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk