I grew up loving the outdoors and recently married someone who also loves hiking, camping and hunting. I spent so much time on the mountain, a lot of it wondering where my next meal would come from. This led me to think, “what if I did get lost or stuck in the wilderness? Would I have the means necessary to survive?”
I decided to learn different survival skills including being able to identify different edible plants and medicinal plants in Southern Utah. I made plans with my husband and survival guide and we set forth on a few trips into the surrounding mountains.
On Cedar Mountain I was able to identify edible berries, dandelions, mushrooms, and comfrey. And on Pine Valley Mountain I was able to find wild onions, spearmint and much, much more. There were countless edible plants in my own backyard like dandelions, sunflowers, raspberry plants, yarrow, and more medicinal comfrey. I acquired other skills like hunting and fire building, CPR and first aid. I feel rather confident now every time I enter into the dark woods of Southern Utah. I believe I will be able to survive a little bit longer that I would have before.
This event was brought to us by the Southern Utah University EDGE Program, a program provided by SUU to help its students engage in many different opportunities around the community and the world.