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Wild Workshop


During this 4 hour workshop, you will learn the ethnobotany practiced by early people and all the wildlife which lives among the desert flora.  We will take you on a tour to explore the edible plants that grow locally. This hands on program features plant uses from a pharmacological perspective and traditional uses for food and wellness. As part of the experience, you will harvest several plants and prepare edibles which we will eat for lunch! On the plant tour, you will also tour the wildlife sanctuary and learn the many ways in which desert plant life and wildlife interact with each other to survive.  Bring along a small container to take prepared foods home.

Many recipes are shared!

Long-time educator and Desert Awareness Committee* member, Diane Vaszily, will take you on a tour to explore the edible plants that grow in our desert backyard.


Date:  Sunday, March 10th, 2019,  11am-3pm 

Where:  Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

               27026 N 156th Street

               Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Cost:  $75, materials included

*Desert Awareness Committee has been the community resource advocate for the Sonoran Desert since 1974. Their mission is to educate residents and visitors so that they may join us in understanding, conserving and preserving our fragile desert, its plants and animals, its water and wildlife.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Refunds will be given with only cancellations requested prior to one week before the event.  If SWCC cancels or needs to reschedule the event, then refunds will be automatically provided.  As long as the event/program goes on as scheduled, regardless of weather or traffic circumstances, refunds are only given with a one week notice of cancellation.  Less than one week notice cancellation means the registration donation will be kept as a donation to SWCC.  Please contact the following email if you need to cancel your event/program registration: