May 30, 2008 – Plant Lore
After bird-banding with Tom, I managed to get to Camp Allegany just in time to be late for a “Plant Lore” walk with Kim Alexander-Thomson. I missed the introduction, so I don’t know much about Kim’s background. I googled her and found she leads nature programs in the Buffalo area… That’s all I know.
The walk was very pleasant, informative, and delicious. We learned about several common plants, their food and medicinal uses, and folklore about them. Unfortunately, because I attended many programs after this one, I can remember very few of the stories… if any…
I jumped out of the car so fast that I didn’t even think about grabbing my camera. I wish I had. I wish I could show you a picture of the little one who kept asking Mom if he could please eat more of those Sheep Sorrel leaves. He scraped up the side of his finger, or broke a blister or something… He asked his mom if she had a bandaid in her wallet. She said she didn’t, but she had just learned from Kim about nature’s bandaids. She pulled up a leaf of Plaintain, squashed it a bit and wrapped it around his finger. He was slightly disturbed that it didn’t stick like a real bandaid… But soon he was distracted by something else… and so it goes.
I think the best part of the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is watching the kids learn and relate to Nature.