Upcoming walks in Francis/King regional park feature edibles

Discover uses for nettles and other plants found in the local forest

Nettles and wild teas are the subjects of a pair of guided nature walks happening this weekend at Francis/King Regional Park.

On Saturday (March 28), join a Capital Regional District Parks naturalist in hunting for early spring greens such as stinging nettles, and learn about their uses and benefits. This guided adult walk (18 years plus) offers tips on how to prepare nettle and opportunities to taste it.

The walk and talk happens from 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person plus GST.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., bring the whole family down for a Forest Tea Party. This all-ages event focuses on identifying plants that are suitable for making tea. A short, guided walk to see the plants growing in their habitat precedes the tea-tasting. Cost is $10 per family plus GST.

Space is limited for both walks and registration is required by March 27. Call 250-478-3344 to register and receive meet-up instructions.