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Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Portland, Oregon.

$25 – $50 sliding scale, children pay their age, see details.
We’ll investigate wild foods from marshes, fields, and woods — including wapato or Indian potato, elderberry, wild cherry, and many other plants. This island was originally called Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition for its abundance of the plant. Wild blackberries should be ripe for picking while we are there, so bring some gathering containers if you wish to pick them after the workshop.

What to Bring

Hiking boots, a container if you want to collect blackberries after the workshop, and a Sauvie Island parking permit if you have one. Prepare for the weather, typically hot and sunny this time of year. We will be bushwhacking through various terrain sometimes with brambles and sharp grasses that can cut your legs so wear long pants. Blue jeans work well to protect you. Bring a water bottle to keep you hydrated.

Meeting Site and Parking

Sauvie island is a 10 mile drive from downtown Portland. Go north towards St Helens on Hwy 30. Turn right onto the Sauvie Island bridge. We’ll meet at the parking lot on the far side of the island store – Sam’s Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR. We’ll car pool and caravan from there to a variety of habitats. Ordinarily Tri-met bus #17 will take you to the bus stop – #8437 – Gilihan Rd and Sauvie Island Dr which is about 60 yards from the store. Here is a map to the store.

But there is no bus on Sundays.

Pricing Details

Sliding Scale Economics
Due to hard economic times for some, sliding scales are offered to support individual financial circumstances.  We ask participants to pay what they feel they can afford within the range offered for each workshop.  You decide what to pay using an honest assessment of your individual circumstances.  We do not ask anyone to explain their very personal decision.  The high end is a very reasonable price for these quality workshops for those who are doing well in this economy. Groups must contact us for circumstance-specific rates.
$3 Discounts are available on our Registration Form for adult family members that attend together, Native Americans, full time college students and scout leaders. Children (17 and under) must be accompanied by their parent(s). Children under 7 are free. Children 7 and above pay their age. Classrooms and teachers with students are not eligible for these discounts and must contact us for circumstance-specific rates.
Refund & Transfer Policies
If you cannot attend a workshop you registered for, and you contact us immediately, or at the latest, the last weekday before the event, you are entitled to a refund minus the following administrative handling fees: switching to another workshop = $3; sending you a refund check = $5. If you do not show up for a workshop you registered for, you forfeit the full amount paid.

Enrollment Limited! – Advanced registration reserves you a place in the workshop. Walk-ons may be turned away if our size limit is reached.

Download the REGISTRATION and WAIVER Forms. Print and fill out these forms and mail them with payment to: Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97215. If there is space and your are a walk-on, bring the forms and payment with you. While you can register many times throughout the year, only a single waiver form is required per person per year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) for all our day events. Multi-day Rendezvous require an additional waiver.


August 5
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Dr. John Kallas


Sauvie island
Sam's Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd
Portland, Or, OR 97231 United States
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