​Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plant workshops focus on learning to utilize nature's abundance. With over 1,600 flowering species in the Smokies, learning what you can eat, use for medicine, cordage, fire, and which ones to avoid can be a challenge. Join BigPig Outdoors as we venture off into the wilds to cut down the learning curve with our P.E.M.U. Workshops that will be offered in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Confucius once said..."​I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand". Applying this wisdom to our workshops helps you develop a relationship with each plant, so you will not only remember it, but understand it's uses. We will spend the day foraging, sampling as we go, and end the day processing and tasting our harvest by the campfire. 

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Email bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com for more info.

Required Gear - Notebook to sketch plants 

                       Pens or pencils

                       Camera or phone for pictures          

                       Water, lunch, and snacks 

                             Bags for collecting


We will be working off trail, so that means we may run into poison ivy, briars, bugs, etc. Wearing long pants, boots, and bug repellent is a good plan. Weather can always be unpredictable, so bring rain gear and clothing appropriate for the season. 


Fall P.E.M.U. Workshop

Instructor:   Robert Silas

Date: September 29, 2019 - ***Guest Instructor Robert Silas***                                                  

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Harrison Branch Boat Ramp

              Directly across from:

              5033 Calderwood Highway

                 Tallassee, TN 37878

Cost: Adults (16+) - $99

            Kids (12-16) - $30 with parent or guardian
            Kids under 12 - free with parent or guardian

September 29 Guest Instructor Robert Silas of Outdoor Re-Education - https://www.facebook.com/outdoorreeducation/about/

Robert has studied wild plants, bushcraft, and survival for over 20 years. His knowledge base is specific to the southeastern United States, although many plants and skills are universal. Businessman by day, friendly forager by night, he thoroughly enjoys gathering wild edibles for family and friends, and teaching youth about the Great Outdoors

P.E.M.U. Workshops

BigPig Outdoors

                                                                                                            Smoky Mountain Bushcraft & Survival School

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September 29, 2019

Robert Silas Instructor