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Sat, May 04


McPherson Park

Caution for Poisons

Take a closer look at poisonous and toxic plants in the Midwest landscape.

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Caution for Poisons
Caution for Poisons

Time & Location

May 04, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

McPherson Park , 1858 7th Ave Ct, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Whether you're an experienced forager, a newcomer to wildcrafting, or simply curious about nature's bounty, understanding poisonous plants is crucial.

Join an expert herbalist to learn how to identify common toxic plants found in the Midwest. Through engaging activities, you'll learn key botanical features and how to differentiate between harmful plants and their harmless look-alikes. "Be humble with umbels."

You are invited no matter your level of gardening experience or knowledge of the herbal arts. All are welcome.

Please contact us before the class if any accommodation is needed for inclusion.


  • Standard attire and sun protection for hands-on outdoor learning: hat, jeans, sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • A notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing (optional)


Sliding scale fee: $30 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Mandy Dickerson holds an herbal medicine-making certificate from Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and a Master's degree in Anthropology. She is a Certified TriYoga Teacher and is the owner of Plantchanters Garden in Iowa City, Iowa.


McPherson Park, 1858 7th Ave Ct, Iowa City. We'll gather in the shelter.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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