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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


Bee Happy Lands work party at Durango's organic parks - Participation welcome with land stewardship education and dandelion lemonade 

Brookside Park - Wednesday, May 19th 10am - 12pm

Needham Elementary School Park Thursday, May 20th 10am - 12pm


Free Wild Plant Field Trips Thursdays at 3:33pm -

Meet at the Turtle Cafe on 848 East 3rd Ave.

- April 29th

- May 27th ( rescheduled)

- June 24th


Durango Farmers Market 

Every 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/


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. 


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


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


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/

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


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