Elaine from Meadowsweet Herbs usually does one or more of these - her son just had brain surgery yesterday in Denver so I don't want to bug her with that question - but there a couple of walks - maybe through the Natural History Center, Meadowsweet and....
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Make a pre-event youtube video, send a press release to the local NPR station, submit the event to local community calendars, place free ads on the internet in places like local online news papers, perhaps get a local Herb or Outdoors store to sponsor you, contact the natural history center & see if they could host you, and then of coures there is facebook and free listing sites for events like Missoula Area Events & Eventful.
I am really interested in finding out which of the local native plants are edible and particularly those with medicinal properties. I have a friend whose very knowledgeable and pointed out a few of the basics, mugwort for example. I would love to learn about mushrooms too! What about the rest of you?
I am more into food than medicine, but I would love to confirm what's available from a reliable source. Over the years I've spotted quite a few potentially edible plants, yet I try to remain skeptical until I know for sure. For example, I don't know if the juniper bushes that grow in such abundance here are the right species. (A few species are actually poisonous.) Same goes for flax and those tall weeds with tiny yellow flowers. Apparently you can eat the seeds from the yellow flowered plant once it dries out (kind of tastes like sesame seeds to me), but for all I know there is a curing process or a limit on how much you should eat. And the list goes on.
Plantain grows pretty abundantly by the way. Not for eating, but it helps injuries and cuts heal faster when applied directly. There is also some slippery elm down by the river that is a good local anisthetic. It made the tip of my tongue numb just by pressing a torn leaf to it for a second. Who is your friend, Emma? Would he/she be willing to go on a walk?
Since the ground has yet to freeze here in Missoula, many yum yums can still be dug. Yesterday I found some wild onions and yampah. the yampah was a little hard but still edible, and the wild onions were absolutely deeelish. They're both very easy to identify this time of year, because their distinctive tops stand out better now that the grasses are mostly dead.