Wild Plants & Human Survival - A Nature Treasure Hunt with Julie Walker

Have you ever thought about the role of wild plants for the survival of humans in Alberta throughout history?  Let's travel back to the early 1800s to explore and role-play how different groups of people have used both native and introduced plants as food, medicine, tools, jewelry, and dye.  

Your family - along with the other participating families - will imagine the story of a group of Blackfoot people living on the land, an early Ranching family starting their first ranch, a group of Metis people trapping and trading to adapt to the European dominance of the land and a family of fFarmers looking to buy land to grow crops. 

By following clues and your herbal guide, Julie Walker, you will be taken on a Full Circle Adventure throughout the Leighton Art Centre landscape to find the plants you need for medicine, for food, to make tools, to feed the Elk you depend on or to bead your outfit.  

Have a great family- and team-building day discovering the beauty and history of the foothills of Southern Alberta. Make a full day of it and pack a lunch to enjoy on the LAC's property following the workshop (weather permitting). 


This Nature Treasure Hunt is ideal for families with children 8 years and older.  


Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing; you’ll be spending your time outside.  


Family Package (2 Adults + 2 Children ): $60 plus GST & Eventbrite fees*

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees 

Registration closes on Thursday April 19th, 2018 at 9 PM 

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre, get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Visit our website to find out more about our memberships.  

For our Cancellation and Refund Policy, please visit the Workshop page on our website

Guide's Biography

Julie Walker graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Physical Education, majoring in Outdoor Pursuits. After decades of outdoor guiding she has become intimate with the ecology and plants of the foothills and Eastern slopes of the Rockies. Since 2008 she has been studying, steeping, cooking with and teaching about wild edibles. Julie is also a nature educator, running school programs for Full Circle Adventures, Canadian Parks and Wilderness society. She truly loves to share all she has learned about our wild nature!