Ashtabula County Metroparks

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Ethnobotany Trail Walks available this year at the Ashtabula Metroparks

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By on March 11, 2019

Join herbalist Leah Wolfe for the first of four seasonal plant walks in the Ashtabula County Metroparks!

March 24, 1-3 PM

Hatches Corners Metropark

5467 Center St. (Rt 7) Monroe Twp

The first is a late winter/early spring stroll in the Hatches Corners Metropark, with frequent stops to identify trees by bark, patterns, buds, and twigs. She’ll talk about how people use barks, buds, twigs, and sap for food and medicine. The group will walk 1.5 miles total on a wood chipped trail.


May 19, 1-3 PM

Clara D Peet Preserve (Camp Peet) Metropark

405 Creek Rd Conneaut

This walk will go through a spectacular riparian zone where lots of spring ephemerals grow and bloom before the canopy leafs out. Many of these plants are edible or medicinal and some are considered at-risk of becoming endangered. Join this walk to learn about how these plants are used, which ones not to harvest, and which ones can be grown in your own garden.


July 14,   6-8 PM

Lampson Reservoir Metropark

1259 State Rt 307  Jefferson Twp

At the height of summer is the best time to practice plant identification by looking at flowers. Flowering plants are categorized by flower characteristics. It is important to learn this skill if you are interested in foraging. Accurate identification is vital before using any wild plant for food or medicine. Herbalist Leah Wolfe will help you learn to identify flowers while talking about the edible and medicinal qualities of summertime plants. We will take an evening stroll in order to avoid the heat of the day.


September 15, 1-3 PM

Eyring Wetlands Metropark

906 Mechanicsville Rd  Austinburg

In the fall, it is time to look for berries, roots, and Autumn herbs. This walk will focus on finding the kinds of plants that people use for food and medicine in the fall. Join Leah for the last walk in this series and take comfort in the abundance of plants in NE Ohio.


All walks are free and open to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather, waterproof boots recommended. Please sign up by sending a message to the Trillium Center at 440-812-9921 or write to This will ensure that you are contacted in the event of a date change. Leah is a teacher at the Trillium Center in Conneaut, OH, a member of the American Herbalists Guild and she works on community projects with Herbalists without Borders.


Leah Wolfe, MPH

Community Herbalist and Health Educator

Trillium Center

(440) 440.576.0717