Our Nature

EP 05: How To Be A Citizen Of The Natural World With Foraging Expert Laura Silverman

Episode Notes

Laura Silverman is a writer, branding consultant, and Founding Naturalist of The Outside Institute, which aims to foster a greater connection between individuals and the natural world. Before creating The Outside Institute in 2017, Laura wrote Glutton for Life, which was a blog exploring Catskill living. She also regularly contributes to Edible Hudson Valley, The River Reporter and WJFF, and was a speaker (“On Foraging”) at Bitten 2018. Laura regularly hosts foraging 101 workshops as well as botanical mixology and woodland walks. She is the author of The Outside Institutes Field Guides, which offer practical information about the flora and fauna of the Hudson and Upper Delaware Valleys.


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1. What is your favorite place in nature?
The woods across the street from my house.
2. What is the animal, mineral or plant that resonates with you the most?
I love a black birch tree...It’s just a beautiful strong tree.
3. What is one thing we can do right now to connect with the natural world and bring more harmony into our lives?
Take a walk in nature. Whether that’s in a city along a river or in a park, just allow yourself to relax and observe what’s around you and get a bit granular with these observations.
4. What’s the greatest lesson nature has taught you?
Every aspect of the human condition is mirrored in nature. Nature is so filled with metaphors. You can take any sorrow or trouble or worry into nature and find solace.
5. Nature brings me…