Reconnect to Nature: Chicago Urban Foraging Hike (Virtual Course)

Tune in as Nina Lawrin, of loveren collections, brings you along on an “Everyday Forage” urban hike. During this virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to reconnect to the urban landscape while foraging over 10 perennial plants growing within your Chicago neighborhood. Nina will also discuss Chicago’s urban foraging sustainability practices, safety, and legality on this fun urban hike.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify 10+ perennial plants growing in Chicago
  • Learn tips and tricks for harvesting and processing foraged plants
  • Receive an Everyday Forage recipe for one plant ally covered during the event
  • Receive mapped walk with plant locations
  • Receive viewing access to Nina’s recorded hike to watch in advance of the May 30 discussion
  • Participate in a 1 hour Zoom call on Saturday, May 30 to connect virtually, ask questions, and share thoughts.

This class is great for beginners to intermediate plant lovers and foragers. Participants will receive a link to the virtual hike a few days before our May 30th meeting, and will have access throughout the season. Maps with plant locations will be provided and participants are encouraged to walk any (or all) of the routes to familiarize themselves and reconnect with the plants covered. Feel free to take the routes at your own speed, on your own time, knowing you are supported by our Earth. This is not mandatory to do before our meeting, just a fun way to get outside! We will virtually connect via zoom on May 30th to further our connection with one another, ask any questions, share route experiences and plant usage.

Why would a forager show you their “secret” spots? Because now, more than ever it’s vital to reconnect to nature on a deeper level. We are all connected, and although this hike will be virtual; as we support one another through social distancing, it is my hope that through your re-connection to the land, we can continue to nourish and restore our Earth and communities, together.

Instructor Bio

Nina Lawrin is an urban forager, permaculture designer, visual artist, and folk herbalist. She is the owner of loveren collections; an experience dedicated to education and re-connection to nature through everyday wild perennial foods in the Midwest. Her brand Everyday Forage provides wild perennial foods to Chicagoans through seasonal subscription boxes. Nina is also the Co-Founder of the Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute and a Fulbright alumna to Namibia. She has worked alongside numerous permaculture sites including Eloolo Permaculture Initiative and Damaraland Farming Cooperative, cultivating their “waste streams” to share and create nontoxic, research-driven, site-specific artwork. She started her foraging journey learning from the San community in Namibia and Botswana in 2016. Nina is a proud certified tree keeper with Openlands #1248, a certified permaculture designer and just general foodie at heart . Instagram @ loveren_collections

Please note that this is a virtual class. Attendees will receive a link to access the live discussion portion of the course 2 hours before it begins on May 30.

No refunds will be given for this class. If you purchase a ticket and are not able to tune in when the workshop is live, we will share a recording along with any slides and resources shared during the class.

If you are not able to afford the ticket price at this time but would still like to attend the class, please email

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