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Wild edible plants at Lake Maria S.P.

Wild edible plants will be the focus of a program at Lake Maria State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the park’s nature center. Registration is required by calling the park at (763) 878-2325.

Dr. Steve Saupe, professor and botanist at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, will be the featured speaker, covering such topics as identification and collection of wild edible plants, preparation of edible plants for consumption and preservation and restoration of habitat. His presentation will be followed by a short hike.

Saupe received his bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College and his master’s and doctorate degrees in botany from the University of Illinois. He is the curator of the Bailey Herbarium at
St. John’s and the College of
St. Benedict.

The program is free, but there is a $5 daily vehicle permit fee for those without an annual permit. Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111. For more information about directions and activities, call the park at (763) 878-2325, or visit its web site at www.mnstateparks.info.