True Nature Summer Series Virtual Classes

Holden Forests & Gardens now offers its popular on-site classes virtually. The class schedule is below.

Nature is our greatest teacher; every plant, tree and flower. This virtual class series takes cues from the natural world around us and encourages participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms you can find locally and even in your own backyard! Northeast Ohio experts teach the courses via Zoom video conference technology. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with an invitation and instructions for your Zoom class. Don’t miss these chances to learn more about the magical natural world around you.

Wild Summer Mushrooms of Ohio

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 7-8pm

Instructor: Don King, Mushroom Hunter

$15 members, $25 non-members

Join us for a presentation on some of the delicious wild mushrooms you can find during the summer in Ohio. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

About the Instructor: Don King, can often be found hiking the forests of Ohio and neighboring states in search of wild mushrooms and other delicious and healthy edibles, which he considers to be the pinnacle of sustainable, local foods. King’s enthusiasm for wild foods stems from his passion for cooking, where he believes that the freshest ingredients yield the tastiest results. This philosophy has led to five Vegan Iron Chef Titles, an annual event sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Scientist Lecture: Don’t be the Lorax: Spreading the “take up the grass” movement to government and industry.

July 15th 2020 | 7pm

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Swab, PhD

This talk discusses how environmental change is best established through working WITH industry and the government.  Using the example of growing native prairies in disturbed areas, the talk outlines how the seed of an idea become multiple different projects across government and corporations through research, communication, innovation, and listening to industry needs.

Soothing Herbs in Northern Ohio

Friday, July 24, 2020 | 7-8pm

Instructor: Mary Colvin

$25 members, $35 non-members

Mary Colvin RH(AHG) Clinical Herbalist and owner of Ancestral Herbology will talk about demulcent/emollient herbs that can alleviate irritated tissue and inflammation while acting as expectorants for dry unproductive coughs.  Learn the benefits these herbs have on the respiratory and digestive systems and how to use them both internally and externally.  Find out new ways to incorporate them into your medicine cabinet at home with recipes to use.  Each participant will have the notes and the recording to view at their own leisure.  Mary Colvin RH(AHG) is one of our local Registered Herbalists in the State of Ohio and a governing council member of the American Herbalist Guild.  Find out more about her and Ancestral Herbology by visiting

After the purchase process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the desired class video or login information for a live class through Zoom. Please contact with questions.