Plant Medicine and ID Walk (Oakland Forest and Meadow Preserve)
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Medicine and ID Walk (Oakland Forest and Meadow Preserve)

We’re excited to have you join us on our Plant Medicine and ID Walk! This walk is for anyone and everyone interested in the natural world. Throughout the walk Daryl and Grace will take participants on a journey to better understand the environment around us. You’ll learn how to identify common plants and how to use them as food and medicine.

~About Daryl and Grace~

Daryl Ayla Gardella is a folk herbalist, healing energy worker, holistic health coach and works for Largess Forestry. She found plant medicine about three years ago. Her journey with plant medicine began to transform her whole world. She felt empowered and joyful, and connected to her truth and purpose in the world. She is excited to bring plant medicine to others.

Daryl's work is a combination of western and energetic herbalism, earth-based shamanism, and intuitive healing. She is dedicated to re-connecting people deeply to plants and nature; receiving their healing capabilities and inspiration. She lives by the ocean, in Newport, Rhode Island, but is always longing to wander the earth, traveling and learning about plants and native healing traditions.

Grace Lentini has been active in the environmental field for ten years. She’s worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, RI DEM, and various conservation non-profits. “Throughout the years, my passion for the environment has only continued to grow,” says Grace. “Whenever I see a plant or animal that I don’t know, I immediately need to know what it is. This interest expands my knowledge of the natural world, and allows me share this information with others.” The natural world is beautiful and wondrous to Grace, and she wants everyone to develop a connection with it.

~About Oakland Forest and Meadow Preserve~
Oakland Forest and Meadow Preserve in Portsmouth, RI is a special refuge. It’s home to native wildflowers and grasses, a mature beech forest, and various habitats. This preserve almost never existed. Back in 2000, it was slated for demolition, and condos were going to be built in its place. Instead, there was a grassroots effort to save the land. The Aquidneck Land Trust and Matthew Largess (founder of Largess Forestry and Voice of the Forest Alliance), along with many others, were among the good folks who worked to conserve the property. A representative from the Aquidneck Land Trust and Matthew Largess will both be at the walk.

The parking area is in between 252 Carriage Drive and 280 Carriage Drive in Portsmouth. There is also limited parking at the preserve, so it is okay to park on the street. Please do not park in neighboring residences.

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Arbor Care & Training Day
7:30 AM07:30

Arbor Care & Training Day

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Calling on Rhode Island Arborists....Join the Arbor Day Celebration at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park! Meet you fellow arborists for a morning of tree care collaboration, and help out the good owners of Yawgoo Valley Ski Area. Coffee, donuts, and lunch provided. This is a free event!

Want to participate? Contact Pete Largess at Largess Forestry - 401.533.2721 or

Schedule is as follows:
7:30 am - 12:30 pm: - Volunteer Arbor Care and Tree Work Training Collaboration Event
Led by Pete Largess

12:30 - 1:00 pm: - Lunch and Arbor Day Celebration Closing Ceremony
Remarks by Carolyn Decker and Tracy Hartman

Please also join us on Friday, April 29th for a full day of Arbor Day celebrations and gatherings at The Mill at Shady Lea and Central Falls. 

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Arbor Day Celebration
9:00 AM09:00

Arbor Day Celebration

Join us to make Arbor Day BIG in Rhode Island on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th! 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend and become a VOICE OF THE FOREST!

We'll start with a memorial tree planting at the Mill at Shady Lea at 9:00am Friday. Then we'll participate in the events at the State House in Providence at 11:00am. At 4:00pm we'll set up in Jenks Park, Central Falls to talk about community forestry. At 5:00pm we'll plant two trees and celebrate with a community BBQ right in Jenks Park! 

This is a free event, all are welcome.

Schecule is as follows:
@Mill at Shady Lea
221 Shady Lea Rd.

9:00 - 9:30 am: -Community Gathering
-Coffee, Tea, Baked Goods

9:30 - 10:00 am: -Tree Planting led by Voices of the Forest Matt Largess and Carolyn Decker
-Dedication Ceremony by Guy Lefebvre, President of Voice of the Forest Alliance
-Tree dedicated in honor of Susan Dunley, Friend and Member of the Mill at Shady Lea Community

11:00 - 12:00 pm: -VFA Representatives attending State House Arbor Day Ceremony (Providence) which will include a table display with New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture educational materials

@ Central Falls Arbor Day Celebration Jenks Park, 
Broad Street, Central Falls

4:00 - 5:00 pm: -Vendor/Partner set-up in Jenks Park
-Voice of the Forest Alliance Education Table, Community Q&A

5:00 - 5:20 pm: -Tree Plantings and Educational Presentation led by Voices of the Forest
Matt Largess and Carolyn Decker
-Trees dedicated to the Youth of Central Falls and the Central Falls Arboretum

5:20 - 5:35 pm: -Dedication Ceremony by: The Honorable James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls
Guy Lefebvre, President of Voice of the Forest Alliance
Jason Vickers, RI Representative of the International Society of Arboriculture
Representative from Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

5:35 - 7:00 pm: -Community BBQ hosted by City of Central Falls and Voice of the Forest Alliance featuring hamburgers, hotdogs; vegetarian options provided by Shayna’s Place of Wickford and Fertile Underground of Providence

The celebration continues into Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Yawgoo Valley Ski Resort. From 7:30am-1:00pm arborists and tree workers from around the State will colaborate in a volunteer arbor-care and training event.

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