May Short Courses Announced

By Barb Lang

With May just around the corner, UW-Barron County is offering three one day nature-related hiking and paddling experiences.

Eat Your Weedies will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in room 227 Ritzinger Hall.  Participants will learn where to find edible plants including backyards and wild spaces and will identify and taste at least a dozen plants that are flavorful and nutritious.  Foraging from field to forest is the focus of this botanical adventure with Master Herbalist and Naturopath Gigi Stafne.  Registration fee is $29. 

Plants and Paddling will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.  Explorers will experience the plentiful plant life of the glacial Ice Age Trail lakes of NW Wisconsin.  Participants should bring a camera, sketchbook, plant journal and will learn about medicinal and cultural aspects of wild, wetland plants while paddling shoreline edges.  This is the original kayak ecotour in the Upper Midwest with guide and Master Herbalist Gigi Stafne. Registration fee is $59. 

Tales from the Medicine Trail will meet on Sunday, June 1 from 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. in room 227 Ritzinger Hall.  Participants will meander along a beautiful trail in NW Wisconsin and listen to stories about the diverse plants of this exceptional ecosystem.  Hiking and stories will span from medicine and magical to Nordic and Native uses.  Registration fee is $29.

Participants can register and pay online by going to and clicking on ‘Community Outreach;’ or by calling Samantha Heathman at 715-234-8176 ext. 5403; or emailing to


Samantha Heathman