Long before the advent of supermarkets and drugstores, people fed themselves and treated disease by using local plants. Dr. Jason Mancini, Ethnobotanist and Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, will lead an exciting and informative walk exploring the plant communities along the Connecticut shoreline that provided people with food and medicines in prehistoric and colonial times. You may be surprised to see how many common plants are nutritious or medicinally useful! You will also learn that many of our modern pharmaceuticals are synthetic versions of the same chemical compounds found in some of these plants. Join Dr. Mancini for this morning walk in one of Connecticut’s beautiful coastal preserves while learning how this landscape sustained and nurtured the people of the past. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own! Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members). Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, both part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn. 860.486.4460 - http://www.mnh.uconn.edu/
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