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The Outside Institute

Connecting you to the healing & transformative powers of nature. Join our plant walks, workshops & feasts. Founded in upstate NY by @laurasilverman 🦅🌳

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Oh hello, tiger swallowtail caterpillar with the fabulous camouflage eyes 👀 #naturalist #insect #wildlife #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Shaggy mane mushrooms (Coprinus comatus), sometimes called “lawyer’s wigs” are delicious, but must be harvested before they turn black and liquefy. They live up to their membership in the inky cap family. #fungi #wildedibles #wildfoodlove #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Giant puffball, sadly a little past its prime. Only eat them when they are firm and pure white inside. #fungi #foraging #wildedibles #wildfoodlove #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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In the woods with @noahkalina #naturalhigh #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Our bundle-dyeing and indigo workshop with @mixed_color_ was a big hit! 📸 @muttiandtheboo #wildcraft #naturaldyes #theoutsideinstitute

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Meadow mushrooms (Agaricus campestris) are related to mushrooms you find in the grocery store #fungi #wildedibles #wildfoodlove #foraging #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Shiitake mushroom spore print #naturalist #fungi #theoutsideinstitute

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Bee on goldenrod #pollinator #nativeplants #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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We went to Sunrise Mountain to observe the raptor migration this morning and saw several kinds of hawks. Thanks to @meadowlarkstills @lwrncbrn for being our guide. #bird #naturalist #kindredspirits #theoutsideinstitute

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Clavaria fragilis, also known as "fairy fingers" are a type of club mushroom #fungi #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Thrilled to be featured in our local paper #naturalist #localbusiness #theoutsideinstitute

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Join us for a natural dyes workshop with Christi Johnson of @mixed_color_ next Sunday 9/17. Locally grown indigo & bundle dye techniques will be featured. Details and sign-up on our site (link in profile) #wildcraft #naturaldye #catskills #collaboration #theoutsideinstitute

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Watch as the beautiful bolete stains blue #fungi #nofilter #wildlife #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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Our last dinner in the screened-in porch is Saturday 9/16 and there are still a few seats left. Book yours on our site (link in profile) and indulge in the intense flavors of late-summer Catskills bounty. #community #homegrown #feast #catskills #theoutsideinstitute

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Hazelnut fresh from the tree #nutstoyou #allfalldown #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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The rare and beautiful Monotropa hypopitys, a herbaceous plant that contains no chlorophyll #plantlife #botany #theoutsideinstitute #walkwithme

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