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Wild Edible Plants and Seaweeds: field trip & cooking demo

May 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

| $40

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Note: This class is not organized by North Olympic Land Trust.

The Pacific Coast and inland waters of Washington State abound with hundreds of species of wild plants and marine algae. On May 20th, join photographer and ethnobotanist Mac Smith on a field trip at Freshwater Bay.

Learn the natural history of many of these plants and seaweeds as well as historical,aboriginal and current uses for food, technology and medicine. The field class will cover basic  plant and seaweed natural history, and how to find, ecologically collect, preserve and use plants and seaweeds. You will also learn how to prepare special sea vegetable dishes to enjoy as snacks, soups, salads, stir fries and desserts.

Mac began studying and photographing wild plants in 1972 and has photographed thousands of plants and animals from California to British Columbia. He holds a B.A. in biology and botany and an M.A. in anthropology from Western Washington University. Mac’s aptly titled thesis, “Nutritional Implications of Some Plants and Seaweeds Gathered in the Northwest Coast Area,” sprung from his admirable ability to paddle to a remote island, camp for a month, and survive by virtue of his vast wild food wisdom, a fishing line, and olive oil. A celebrated wild foods teacher, naturalist, and kayak guide for over 40 years, Mac has taught outdoor field seminars and held instructor training and given lectures for numerous institutions including the National Wildlife Federation, the National Park Service, Western Washington University, the National Science Foundation, San Juan Preservation Trust, the North Cascades Institute, Olympic Park Institute, and San Juan Nature Institute. He lives in Sequim, Washington.

Contact Mac at 1-360-775-5041 or macs100@live.com.

Registration details:

  • To register for the field trip and seaweed cooking demonstration, please provide via mail or in-person the following information:
    – Name
    – Phone and e-mail
    – Payment (checks made out to Mac Smith).
  • Mail registration info and payment to: 128 w. 1st. St. Port Angeles,  WA 98362 OR bring into Easy Street Coffee and Tea House (cash or card payments accepted).
  • Cost: $40.00
  • Class size is limited so please register early.
  • Location details to be provided upon registration.


May 20, 2018
7:30 am - 3:30 pm


Freshwater Bay