There are other plant walks in Arkansas, but this one is probably a little different. The trails we’ll follow are deer trails and logging roads. The drive to get here is gorgeous. And the biodiversity here at Wild Ozark is incredible. Our 160 acres is far off of the beaten path six miles from pavement. We’re in the same area as Kings River Falls and Ponca, and the Wilderness Riders are a few miles down the dirt road. There’s local lodging with multiple home-away rentals.
Beginning on May 28, I’ll start hosting Plant Walks again here at Wild Ozark. Identifying the wild plants and trees has been a passion of mine since the early 1990’s. I started out learning the medicinal plants in south Louisiana, and even became certified in Herbalism in the late 90’s by apprenticing to a Master Herbalist. With all of the liabilities involved in teaching others how to actually use the plants, I didn’t pursue the herbalist tradition as a vocation. Instead, I quietly practiced at home with my family and continued to add to my files of identified plants.
Since 2018, I’ve focused mostly on the Wild Ozark pigments and my art. But I never quit checking on the orchids, seeing if the ginseng was up, or watching for my favorites to return each spring. While I do always stop for mushrooms, I won’t be attempting to identify on the walk whether any of them are edible.
The love for the native plants is still strong, and now I’m finally ready to combine both the love of plants and my love for art.
Just a Plant Walk … or a Nature Journaling Experience
If you aren’t into sketching or journaling, then the plant walks alone are an option. Any day except Saturdays are open for a booking. I’ll book as many as 5 per any one day, but all of the participants on any given day will be having the same experience. So, if there’s a plain old plant walk scheduled for a certain Monday, then I’ll only schedule other walks of that variety on that day.
And if you’d rather just have you and your group of up to 5 on a day all to yourself, that’s an option, too.
How to Book a Plant Walk?
Head over to my shop and pick out which experience you’d like. If you want to do the communicating with me before you pay, then email me to let me know what day and type of experience you’d like. Then I can let you know if your choice is open or not. Otherwise, after you’ve checked out, you’ll need to email me so we can coordinate the day. If there’s already something else booked on your preferred day, and you don’t want to pick any other day, then I’ll refund your money.
Here’s where you can find the listings for a Plant Walk (Herb Walk):
Herb Walks (Hiking and Drive-tours)
Our area is a biodiversity paradise. Come take a hike or drive-tour with us. We’re leading herb-walks on our property, or slow dirt road drives suitable for ATVs or handicap. Both have options to nature journal while we’re at it.
Madison Woods is a self-taught artist who moved to the Ozarks from south Louisiana in 2005. In 2018 she began experimenting with watercolor painting, using her local pigments. She calls them Paleo Paints. In 2023 she began her journey into the world of oil painting with those same pigments. Her paintings of the Ozark-inspired scenes feature exclusively the lightfast pigments foraged from Madison county, Arkansas. Her inspiration is nature – the beauty, and the inherent cycle of life and death, destruction and regeneration. Wild Ozark is also the only licensed ginseng nursery in Arkansas. Here’s the link for more information on the nursery end of life out here.
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