Wild Food & Cuisine Workshop

Cortez, CO


Delve into the remarkable world of food pathways and cultural landscapes in this unique, day long workshop. Guided by Reyna Banteah (Zuni) of Ts’uyya Farm, Katrina Blair of Turtle Lake Refuge, and Crow Canyon’s own Rebecca Renteria, you’ll embark on a field trip into the San Juan Mountains while learning about past and present ecosystems, then return to the high desert to create and sample delectable treats at Crow Canyon’s campus near Cortez, CO. Throughout the day we explore the cultural significance of plants, and ethics of gathering while learning about essential nutrients, and how cuisine with wild foods boosts our vitality, provides medicine, and feeds our souls.


  • Learn about local ecosystems and food sources in the mountains and high deserts of southwestern Colorado.
  • Better understand the relationship of Indigenous food pathways to cultural landscapes.
  • Have FUN creating and sampling delicious foods that continue to be part of Indigenous cuisine.


8:00 a.m. Meet at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot in Cortez, Colorado. Load into Crow Canyon vehicles and spend the morning hiking in the San Juan Mountains. Reyna, Katrina, and Rebecca guide you through the forest identifying plants and sharing their knowledge of ethics and stewardship. Out of respect for Ancestral Lands, we will sample delicious pre-prepared snacks from Turtle Lake Refuge along the trail and will not be gathering plants in bulk.

In the afternoon, retrieve vehicles and head over to Crow Canyon's beautiful 170-acre campus for food preparation demos and sampling. We will use source verified foods that were gathered responsibly from private lands and local wild gardens. Hands-on engagement with food preparation will be encouraged in small break-out groups, but not required. Expect to take home several small bites and a pamphlet of recipes to guide your personal journey in Wild Food Cuisine.

Program ends at 5:00 p.m.

Is this program right for me?

Limited space available and advanced registration required.

Participant capacity: 15 people

While delectable trail snacks will be provided by Turtle Lake Refuge and while food sampling is an activity of the program, you may consider bringing supplemental items depending on your interest and tastes.

Physical activity level is moderate for our morning walk in the mountains. You need to be able to stroll along maintained trails through forests and meadows at elevations ranging between 9,000 to 10,000 feet. Expect our walk to be under 2.5-miles roundtrip, as we will be stopping often to identify plants and have short discussions. We will not be hiking uphill for any distance, but the trail may wind through undulating terrain. Staff will be available for assistance should we encounter any obstacles such as small stream crossings or short rocky uphill sections. Walking sticks can be helpful for anyone desiring added support. If you have any questions about your capability for this program, please consult your physician.

Terms & Conditions

$200.00 per person is due upon registration. Trail snacks and workshop supplies are provided. Participants will have an opportunity to sample foods as part of the afternoon workshop.

Advanced registration required.

Refunds are not available for workshop registration. We encourage all participants to carefully consider their availability and commitment before registering. If you have to cancel, you may have the option to donate your funds to support Crow Canyon, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Charitable gifts make Crow Canyon’s mission and educational programming like this workshop possible. Upon transferring your funds, we will provide you with a tax-deductible receipt. If you are more than 15-minutes late to the program, we will not be able to accommodate your attendance, and no refund will be issued. In the event of unforeseen circumstances in which Crow Canyon must cancel the program, full refunds will be granted.

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