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 (3)

Jason Wise Apr 3rd 2019

A Great Piece of Kit

It looks even better in person than it does online. The material is durable, soft, and just the right amount of absorbent for a bandana. The writing and illustrations are very crisp and easily legible. I will be buying one again.

Ken V Nov 29th 2018

Not ever going to buy

From anyone else! The product is superior in every way. Materials are strong the design is even better. A very useful item made even more essential by the crew at Wazoo. This bandana kicks serious grass Thank guys and gals



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