The Natural Gourmet | Guided Nature Program

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The Natural Gourmet


Many years ago, all people were naturalists by necessity. Their survival depended on an intimate and comprehensive knowledge of the plants and animals around them. Edibility, abundance, medicinal uses, and seasonal availability were critical pieces of information. Participants of the Natural Gourmet Guided Nature Program will have the opportunity to learn about and sample wild edible plants in the Bogus Basin area. Topics include botany basics, ecology of plant communities, plant families, and the ethics of collecting wild foods. This 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 9 @ 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

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 weekday 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.