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Philosophy Walk: Foraging & Ethics

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Walk Details

Details coming soon…

Foraging & Ethics

w/ Sydney Morical, Cathryn Raan & Shane Sater

When & Where

This walk, inspired by Sam Maynard, and led by Sydney Morical, Cathryn Raan, and Shane Sater will take place on Saturday, July 22nd.

Walk Details

Date: Saturday, July 22nd
Time: 9am – 12pm MT
Trail Location: TBD


Registration Info

RSVP: Coming Soon…
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other:  Bring comfortable walking shoes, water & a snack

Walk Guides

Sydney Morical and Cathryn Raan are both passionate and longtime gatherers of wild food and medicine. They’ve served on the Board of Directors for the Western Montana Mycological Association for the last four years, planning events, teaching a wide variety of mushroom classes and keeping the fungal community engaged and connected. They both have experience in herbal medicine and agriculture (they will teach you about all the wonderful “weeds” around town), and a deep love of this land and all the plants living in their midst. They are humbled and delighted to be two of many on a long strand of plant-loving humans sharing their experience and knowledge with others.

Shane Sater is a scientist with a passion for the landscape. He’s done field botany and biology work for the Smithsonian Institute, the Montana Natural Heritage Program, and the US Forest Service. In 2022 he finished his BA in Environmental Science at Carroll College (Helena, MT, USA). His thesis was a guide to some of our local insect diversity. Since 2017 Shane has led volunteer bird monitoring on a local stream restoration site. Every summer he does a Breeding Bird Survey route near Big Sandy, MT. Over the next few years, he has dedicated himself to continuing his studies of the local flora and fauna, particularly the insects. His writing focuses on the landscape where he lives: currently, Helena and Missoula, MT, within the traditional territories of the Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai tribes. His approach is one that honors living and learning on and from this landscape, which has a rich cultural history extending back for millennia.  You can view Shane’s recent work on his “What’s Going On Out There?” website.


You will receive a confirmation of your RSVP shortly after you register via e-mail.  As the walk date approaches, we will contact you with any additional relevant information.  If you do NOT receive an e-mail shortly after registering, please contact [email protected].

For those who have not been on our walks before, you can get a feel for our walks and what they’re all about by visiting our walk archive page.  In the meantime, here is a logistical snapshot.

Here is  a general overview of what you can expect on our Philosophy Walks:

  • Free to the Public (donations welcome/appreciated)
  • 3 hour walks (opportunities for rest along the way)
  • Casual, positive & supportive experience
  • 1-2 walk guides
  • Small group sizes (generally 7-15 people; may be larger for special occasion walks)
  • Ample opportunity to enjoy nature

To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the day of the walk/hike:

  • Water & Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire & sun protection
  • A walking stick/Trekking poles
  • Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots

Make a Donation Here

Our philosophy walks are free to the community.  While donations are never expected, they are always appreciated and help to keep programs like these going. Your tax-deductible donations help to cover honorariums, logistics, materials, implementation, resource archiving, and more! For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community.  If you’d like to make a donation you can do so here (or the button above) anytime or in person on the day of the walk.


Marisa Diaz-Waian
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