On Saturday, July 7, Friends of Sears Island will sponsor an outing on Sears Island with local author, naturalist and forager Tom Seymour. On this guided walk, participants will learn to identify edible plants, including those that were used by early Native Americans. Edible wild plants are more than just “survival food,” as Tom will attest. Properly prepared, they can be tasty and nutritious additions to our regular fare.

There will be two sessions on July 7, the first from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second from 1 to 3 p.m. Both cover the same ground, beginning with a beach walk, then heading inland on one of the maintained trails. Group size is limited, so advance registration is required. Call 548-0142 or email mramsdell4@roadrunner.com to register for either the morning or afternoon session, or for more information. There is a suggested $5 donation for this walk.

Tom will have some of his books with him for those who may be interested in purchasing them. Growing up in Maine, Tom learned from his grandfather how to live off the land, and today wild plants, wild-caught fish, and a backyard garden provide much of his diet.

Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and for shoreline and trail walking, and to bring water, bug repellent, sun protection, and a notebook. No pets, please.

Friends of Sears Island will sponsor more guided walks on the island monthly through October. Topics will include marine ecology, mushrooms, and geology. For more information, visit the FOSI website at www.friendsofsearsisland.org.