Kent Skillshare

Kent Reeds and Roots Skillshare

Saturday, August 26th, 2023
10am – 10:30pm 
Fred Fuller Park
497 Middlebury Road
Kent, OH 44240

Reeds and Roots Skillshare is returning to Kent!

At a Reeds and Roots Skillshare event, presenters offer family-friendly workshops and presentations, sharing skills that promote earth-friendly living, aka “Earthskills”. 

Join us in Kent for a full day of FREE Earthskills workshops at this kid-friendly event!!!
(cash donations appreciated at the event)

Planning to attend this event?

Volunteers Needed!
We need you to help make Reeds and Roots welcoming, inclusive, and safe!

Event Schedule

10:00 am Registration open
10:30 am – Noon Workshop 1
Noon – 12:30 pm All-Community Circle 
12:30 – 2 pm Lunch
2 – 3:30 pm Workshop 2 
3:30 – 4 pm Break
4 – 5::30 pm Workshop 3
5:30 – 7 pm  Dinner
6:45 pm Closing Circle
7 – 8:30 pm Community Song Circle
8:30 – 10:30 pm Campfire/Music

Several of our awesome teachers will be vending – bring cash for the vending booths!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  (click here for a detailed list of workshops)

Workshop 1 (10:30am – noon):

  • Culinary Wildcrafting of Black Walnut (Shelter 2 – Red Shelter)
  • Fermenting with honey – 3 ways! (Shelter 3- Blue Shelter)
  • Small Scale Beekeeping (Shelter 5 – Yellow Shelter)
  • Touch and Consent (Old Jail)
  • Getting from A to B with the least impact (Main Stage)

Workshop 2 (2 – 3:30pm):

  • (NEO) Earth Restoration Community and Collaborative (Shelter 1 – Purple Shelter)
  • Backyard Potions your Plants Will Love (Shelter 2 – Red Shelter)
  • Herbal Medicine: Doctrine of signatures! (Shelter 3- Blue Shelter)
  • Solar applications for home, farm, and business (Shelter 5 – Yellow Shelter)
  • Handmaking Paper from your Junkmail (Old Jail (booth ongoing))
  • Fox-Walking (Main Stage)
  • Build Something with Uncle Mud (main stage)
  • Foraging for Nutrition and Survival (Small Stage)

Workshop 3 (4 – 5:30pm):

  • Low-Impact Preservation of Food & Herbs (Shelter 1 – Purple Shelter)
  • Hand stitching for creation and repair (Shelter 2 – Red Shelter)
  • Cultivating Native Forest Medicinals (Shelter 3- Blue Shelter)
  • Moving Heavy Things (Shelter 4 – Green Shelter)
  • Survival in the 21st century (Shelter 5 – Yellow Shelter))
  • Fire making (Main Stage)
  • Wild Mushroom Identification (Small Stage)

Ongoing tables/demonstrations:

  • Portage parks
  • Intro to Citizen Science
  • Education Program Coordinator
  • Humanuer
  • Seeing the world around us: the joy of tracking, trailing, and mapping 
  • Kent Free Library: Seed Library info table

How to Get There:

Google Maps will take you to the wrong area within the park, so it’s best to navigate to the Kent Parks and Recreation office on Middlebury Road. General parking will be on the west side of Middlebury, just south of the park office.

If you are coming by bus, the closest stop is at Main and Prospect streets, and the park is about a 10 minute walk south from there.

What to Bring:

Please bring your own folding chair, sun protection, water bottle, note-taking tools, possible face mask, and everything you need to be comfortable outside.

Prepare to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather (link) to plan accordingly.

Food options. You can pack your own food, and we will have a potluck area for those of us who love to share!  
Help us reduce waste by bringing your own reusable plates, bowls, and utensils!

Downtown Kent is just a 10 minute walk away, where there are many restaurant options.

Fred Fuller Park has potable city water and flush toilets. There are a few handicapped parking spaces available, but pathways are either grass or gravel, and there are some hills.

We are not able to offer camping at this event. West Branch State Park is 20 minutes from the park.

At past events, we’ve had wonderful medic volunteers for First Aid needs – this event does NOT have such accommodations. Please bring all your own first aid supplies. 

Several of our awesome teachers will be vending – bring cash for the vending booths.

Bring instruments for community jam sessions in the evening!

Please bring a positive attitude READ OUR FULL COMMUNITY CARE AGREEMENT HERE

What NOT to Bring:




Pets – are highly discouraged but not prohibited

Illegal substances

Sickness! If you aren’t feeling well or have been around someone with COVID recently, please stay home.

A bad attitude – this is a no-judgment, safe space. READ OUR FULL COMMUNITY CARE AGREEMENT HERE.

Thanks to our Sponsors!