Forage for Dinner

Our parks are dotted with plants that could land on your dinner plate as easily as they could put you in the hospital. Learn the difference in a two- to three-hour foraging workshop ($20-$30) with writer and survivalist Christopher Nyerges. His School of Self Reliance, now in its 42nd year, examines the edible weeds, seeds, and—if the weather is right—mushrooms found in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena. Pro tip: Pack your own salad bowl. After filling your satchel with wild fennel, bring the outdoors in for a home-cooked meal with one of Nyerges’s recipes from his cookbook Foraging Wild Edible Plants of North America. —JOSH SCHERER