Doug Elliott is leading a walk for members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club and Friends of DuPont Forest. There is a charge of $10 per person (cash or check payable to Doug Elliott) to cover his fee for this event. We will meet in the parking area near the kiosk, trails, and picnic shelters. Wear sturdy boots and bring drinking water.
Whether he’s singing about berries, pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on poke sallet, extolling the virtues of dandelions, pondering the “nature” in human nature, or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the area's many wild plants and animals. He will be leading a fun ramble around Holmes Educational State Forest. We’ll check out the many edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful and interesting plants. We will talk about the role of these plants among traditional inhabitants of the region and how we can use them for food and medicine in our everyday lives. We will notice animal signs, bird calls, insects and other creatures which texture our outdoor experiences.
You will hear stories, songs, and lore as well as scientific fact stranger than fiction, about the plants and critters we encounter. His program is flavored with regional dialects, natural history, and more than a few belly laughs.