Farrington Nature Linc Presents “Into Our Woods: An Adult Forest School”

Adult Forest School

Photo by Kate L. Pickle

Join us for one or all four workshops in our series.

(Dates: 10/7, 10/28, 11/4, 12/3).

We will start each event with a short talk in our barn and then we will head out into Farrington’s 75 acres of woods (off trail!) to put into practice what we have just learned. Each workshop has limited space so sign up soon if you want to attend.


Workshop series costs $125 per adult; individual workshops cost $35 per adult. Advance tickets are required. Minimum age is 16.

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Workshop descriptions:

What Wild Edibles are out There?


Stephen DeFlorio

Saturday, October 7, 9am-12pm

Led by Stephen DeFlorio, a 30 year veteran of outdoor education who has spent the last 13 years as a Teacher/Naturalist at a Montessori school. Come explore the world of Ethnobotany (how cultures use plants for food, medicine, shelter, clothing,transportation, etc.). With over 180 wild edibles in New England there are a lot of plants to learn about, many of which are invasive, so-called weeds and are some of the most densely packed nutritional powerhouses for food and medicine. The class will focus on edibles but also cover medicinals such as lip balms, salves, tinctures, poultices, etc. Participants will make one special medicine to take home. There will be resources and other materials on hand. Limited to 20 attendees.

Mushrooms in our Woods


Lawrence Millman

Saturday, October 28, 1pm-4pm

Local mushroom expert and author of “Fascinating Fungi of New England,” Lawrence Millman, joins us for an afternoon exploring the fall mushrooms in Farrington’s woods. We will learn about the ecological role of fungi in our woods and identifying some of the more common varieties. Note: we will not be foraging for edible mushrooms. Limited to 20 attendees.



Primitive Fire Making and Cordage


Stephen DeFlorio

Saturday, November 4, 9am -12pm

Come explore ancient through modern methods of fire making including flint and steel, making char cloth and other fire starters with Stephen DeFlorio. Explore many friction fire methods such as bow drill, hand drill, Egypt fire drill, fire saw, fire plow, etc. Try the fire challenge. We will then explore hands-on cordage making (rope from plant fibers) learning the history, how to harvest and prepare fibers and of course making your own. Perhaps the most important ancient skill! Limited to 20 attendees.


Intro to Animal Tracking and Bird Signs


Bob Metcalfe

Sunday, December 3, 1pm-4pm

We’re going into the woods with Bob Metcalfe of New England Discovery looking for evidence of the animals around us. Tracking can be a very powerful way to learn about nature while seeing first hand some of the many connections between animals and their environment. Limited to 15 attendees.

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