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Mission Statement

Our mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.

We are inspired to promote and practice sustainable ways of living honoring wild nature and the evolution of community. Examples of our work include growing, harvesting and preparing local, wild and living food for the community, educating about the great values of the wild edible and medicinal abundance available in our area, providing local microgreens for the public schools, restaurants and stores and educating about organic land stewardship practices through our project Bee Happy Lands.

Current Events

Dandelion Festival

May 1st, 2021
Join us for the Dandelion Festival on Saturday, May 1st at Rotary Park from 1pm -9pm in Durango, CO.  This year the Dandelion Festival will be celebrating Rotary Park being adopted into the Organic Parks Program! There will be a May Pole Dance, local fabulous live music, amazing local and wild food offerings, Dandelion Beer brewed by Carvers Brewery, Thrift Store, Educational workshops and Healing offerings, Kids activities, and all around spring merriment and good times!  

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Free Wild Plant Field Trips Thursdays at 3:33pm - Meet at the Turtle Cafe on 848 East 3rd Ave.

- April 29th

- May 27th

- June 24th


Durango Farmers Market

May 8th, 2021Every Saturday, beginning on May 8th from 8am -12pm and runs through October 30th. Held at the TBK parking lot between 8th and 9th Street in Durango.  For more information please visit: http://www.durangofarmersmarket.com/


Kombucha Making Class

May 22, 2021  1:30-3pm  $33 suggested donation
Learn how to make this refreshing probiotic drink just in time for summer!
Join Kelly Bradsher for hands-on fun brewing, flavoring, and bottling. Best of all, you'll bring home a scoby mushroom to start making your own economical brew!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kombucha-making-class-tickets-153396726739


Stalking the Wild Morel with Katrina Blair

May 21-22, 2021: Crawford Colorado
Reserve your spot here: http://turtlelakerefuge.eventbrite.com
More info

Spring is here and we are ready to stalk wild plants and fungi with renown wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef Katrina Blair. 


Wild Skills: Nature's Farmacy-Summer Solstice

June 17-21, 2021
Held at Elderberry's Farm in Paonia, Colorado. Welcome to our five-day hands-on Wild Skills Nature's Farmacy & Herbal First Aid Workshop where we will practice ancestral & timeless Earth-based methods for finding & preparing wild foods & medicines, tending fire, & doing backwoods first-aid with a wilderness-trained EMT! Includes a Summer Solstice celebration. To register and find more information please visit:  https://www.elderberrysfarm.com/event/wild-skills-natures-farmacy/


Good Medicine Confluence 2021

July 16-19, 2021 - An amazing Online Event filled with Herbal Education, Health Assessments & Treatments. Making Your Own Herbal Remedies,  Plant Identification, Phytochemistry, Medicinal & Recreational Cannabis,  Brewing & Mead Making, Medicinal Mushrooms, Peyote, Botanical Perfumery, Plant Magic & Mythos, Gourmand Cooking, Addressing Covid & Viral Infections.  Please visit the schedule and details at: https://planthealer.org/intro.html


Cuisine Through Art and Time: Art and Archaeology of Food

August 23-27, 2021 - A Crow Canyon Archaeology Event  

Learn how wild foods and feasting events influence settlement patterns, cultural identity, and trade throughout the Southwest. Scholars: Sarah Oas, Kyle Bocinsky, Katrina Blair, Ray Naranjo. To register and find more information, please visit: https://www.crowcanyon.org/index.php/2020-travel-seminars

Telluride Mushroom Festival

August 18-22, 2021
  The Telluride Mushroom Festival has been celebrating all things mycological, from the newest advancements in mushroom science to our famous mushroom cook-off. https://www.tellurideinstitute.org/telluride-mushroom-festival/

Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival 

August 27-29, 2021
Held in beautiful Eagle, Colorado this three day event will be an adventure that opens the doors to the wild edible foods and mushrooms of Colorado awakening our palates to the gourmet culinary potential and the healing influence of the earth.


Local Wild Living Soil Program

September 7th - October 28th, 2021  

Learning through Nature's Wisdom * Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants * Permaculture * Holistic Health * Living Food Nutrition                 

~ Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9am -12am                                 
~ Investment: $1111
~ See the Syllabus here : http://www.turtlelakerefuge.org/retreat (Drop Ins are welcome for $33)
Contact Katrina Blair at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com or 970-247-8395  for more information.

Katrina Blair's speaking events, classes and walkabouts will be updated as they are booked.  
Please email us at info@turtlelakerefuge.org if you would like her to come to your area for a slide show, a wild food feast, a plant walk or multi-day wild food walkabout. 
Tickets to our upcoming events, when available, can be purchased on our EventBrite: http://turtlelakerefuge.eventbrite.com