Bandana | Foraging Field Reference

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  • Designed in cooperation with some of the finest foraging instructors.
  • 12 common plants/fungus of North America
  • 12 different designated uses with part indicator icons
  • ”5 Steps of Identifying Edible Plants” by Samuel Thayer 
  • ”Rules and Ethics of Foraging” by Merriwether
  • 12 listed field uses listed.
  • Includes Common and Scientific Names
  • Beautiful and accurate botanical illustrations.
  • Made and printed in the USA!

 Foraging is an art that's all but lost in today's modern society but can make a huge difference in your life. It is often argued that the caloric intake necessary to sustain a human being over a long period of time cannot be wholly remedied by plant foraging alone. It is also well-known that food is low on the priority of needs in most survival situations. However, foraging for medicine, vitamins, and calories can provide real life-saving benefits beyond sustenance. 

Additional to foraging’s direct biological benefits, it’s psychological importance cannot be understated, especially in an emergency. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is often derived by a feeling that one has hope and often times hope can be rooted in a feeling that someone still retains power over their own situation. A foraging tool like this one is meant to give a person power over their situation, leading to purpose and the ability to self-aid and self-rescue.

There is not enough space on a bandana to fully teach how to properly identify plants.  Likewise, there's not enough space to teach all the nuances of processing and accessing the resources of each plant. This bandana acts as a learning primer, field aid, and emergency reference. As you learn to identify plants and which of their parts to use ( is a great place to start) this bandana will be your memory jog while in the field.


We worked with experts to choose plants based on the following criteria:

  • Abundance in USA

  • Ease of Identification

  • Few or no poisonous look-alikes

  • Ability to represent on bandana

  • Ease to process into its usable form  

For neophytes, this bandana serves as a fun stepping-stone educational tool. For more experienced foragers, the product will encourage impromptu foraging, help share the passion of foraging with others, demonstrate their alignment with the foraging lifestyle, and help promote top-of-mind awareness to continue education in the field.

Another aspect to consider is that this foraging tool can help a person in an emergency by preventing a potential foraging misstep. Under stress, certain brain functions are affected negatively. This can lead to memory and judgement impairment. Even experts can make mistakes under stress that beginners would never make under normal conditions.

The world does not need more trash. We tried to assure that this product serves a need. We are not creating a piece of gear that takes the place of an existing one, but rather we a filling a void that many do not realize exists.   


This design is by Wazoo Survival Gear LLC in cooperation with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian. Illustrations of Burdock, Nettle and Prickly Pear Cactus copyright: Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. Made and printed in the USA! The plant representations and denoted characteristics featured on this bandana are in no way intended to be a source of proper identification, use, or processing of plants. Wazoo Survival Gear LLC and all other mentioned parties are not responsible for any harm resulting from the act of harvesting or attempting to forage plants.


Plants included on the bandana: 

  1. Arrowhead/Wapato (Maranta spp., Sagittaria spp.)

  2. Burdock (Arctium minus, Artium lappa)

  3. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opunita lindheimeri)

  4. Cattail (Typha latifolia)

  5. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

  6. Maple Tree (Acer spp.)

  7. Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor, Coriolus versicolor)

  8. Plantain (Plantago spp.)

  9. Stinging Nettle (Urtica chamaedryoides, U. dioica, U. urens)

  10. Wild Violet (Viola spp.)

  11. Willow Tree (Salix spp.)

  12. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


The four corners of the bandana: 

  1. About the Bandana

  2. Rules and Ethics of Foraging

  3. Suggested Uses of the Bandana

  4. The Five Steps of Identifying Edible Plants



Designed in cooperation with: 

Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen

Ph.D. chemist by day, rogue naturalist by night/weekends. Mark has become one of the most experienced foraging experts in North America. He's the creator of which is probably the most useful foraging resource available... and it's FREE! 


Dr. Nicole Apelian

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world. Learn more at



Reviews (5)

Tammy Jul 8th 2019

Great as a gift

I bought this for my daughter to use as a teaching tool/introduction to foraging for my little granddaughter. They love being in nature and my daughter has many of the featured plants on her property. The bandana is beautiful and feels great. I know they'll get some great use out of it!

Susan Tschirhart Jul 2nd 2019

Foraging Bandana

i ordered several of these for the women in my back packing group. We are all learning to identifying plants in the wild, especially those that are edible or for medicinal purposes. This is a beautiful bandana, with good info on it. hoping it becomes useful in the identification process and not just as a cooling cloth! FYI--all the women love how the info is organized and how pretty it is overall with the organization and colors! I've taken it with me on two weekend backpacking adventures---another one coming up this weekend--more opportunity to sharpen those skills!



22"x22" Square - 100% Cotton - Made In USA