New Conner Prairie program sends adults foraging, making beer over a fire


A new Conner Prairie program will send adults on an overnight camping trip where they will forage for ingredients to make beer over a fire.

The overnight event, Plants and Pints, will begin at noon Aug. 10, when adult participants will check in to Conner Prairie.
“Once folks arrive, we are going to get them checked in, do a little orientation about what the next day-and-a-half is going to look like and then a community herbalist, Greg Monzel, will (take them) up into some non-public areas of the Conner Prairie grounds and do some foraging, specifically for plants and other flora we can use to brew beer,” Program Developer Kim McCann said. “Once we forage, we will bring those things back and brew some beer over the campfire. We will prepare a communal meal, have some hang-out time and regular camping games like corn hole and bocce ball.”

Sun King will provide beer for the participants while their own beer is brewing.

On Aug. 11, the day will start with an optional yoga class near a swimming pond. Following a continental breakfast, participants will finish making their beer and bottle it in growlers to take home.

Rita Kohn, a local writer, historian and beer expert, will talk about the history of beer and the history of the Conner Prairie grounds.

“This is the first time we’ve done this. We are really excited,” McCann said. “It’s part of some new programming we are doing that is adult-oriented.”

The cost for the event is $85 for non-members and $80 for members. Registration is required by Aug. 8. For more, visit


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