Wild Minds 2019 – Day 1

It is fun to be running Wild Minds again this summer with the Environmental Youth Alliance and a wonderful group of 12 youth, many from Britannia School. The youth are quite engaged. First day is typically a bit of an orientation discussing what wild means and the benefits of rewinding urban spaces while also getting to know the many garden and food forest spaces at Strathcona Community Gardens and Cottonwood Community Garden where there is so much to explore, learn about, and taste. It was a special when we found a large patch of ripe salal berries to eat, especially since many of the youth had not eaten salal berries before. Wild Minds is largely about reconnecting with nature in the city, whether it be learning about native plants or birds, food growing and more. For starters the youth are learning to identify native plants and learn about their characteristics.

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