Food & Survival Plants | Guided Nature Program

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Food & Survival Plants Along the Trail


Based on a series of handbooks developed for the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail (PCT and CDT, respectively), these references introduce hikers (both through- and section-hikers) to the abundance of wild and native plants along these long trails, and how plants could be used in case of emergency. We’ll explore plants as food, medicine, sunscreen, cordage and rope, fire making, water indicators, insect repellant, crafts, basketry, and much more. Let’s see what a single trail in the Bogus Basin Recreation Area has to offer! This Food & Survival Plants program is only one of the many guided nature programs offered this summer.

When & Where

This program will meet at the Frontier Point Lodge at the above-stated time and will cover 1.5 miles or less at a very casual pace. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes. Water and sunscreen are highly recommended.

July 20 @ 9:00 AM 11:30 AM

Free Ages 16+

How to Register

To sign up for this or any of our awesome Themed Nature Programs, please send an email to indicating the program you wish to register for, date, and the number of people in your group. Requests received less than 24 hours before the outing may not receive a response.

Meet your Guide!

Hit the trail with Ray Vizgirdas, retired Wildlife Biologist and lifelong Naturalist for this installment of our Guided Snowshoe Program series. With over three decades of experience working for state and federal agencies, Ray knows a thing or two about the outdoors (he has literally authored guidebooks about the flora at Bogus Basin!). On select Wednesday evenings & Saturday mornings, Ray will cover a new topic relevant to the time of year. Whether it’s edible and medicinal plants or pollinators and their adaptations, you’re bound to learn a thing or two on your outing.

About Bogus Basin Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; an 800-foot tubing hill. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Summer activities include the Glade Runner, a 4,251 foot mountain coaster, The Mine Shaft Challenge course, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest.