With Texas being such a large and diverse state I feel that it is harder for us to find the sources we need to be as educated as possible. So I with the help of some forum members have put together a list.

Below are some very good sources of everything from wild edibles to fire starting. *All links open a new tab.*


Texas Tree ID is a great resource for trees native and invasive to our state. They have an easy to use ID by Leaf feature that can point you in the right direction. Also, they have a links page with over 15 other sites dedicated to the trees of Texas. In the description of the trees it will give details ranging from uses of the wood to some interesting fact about it. This site ran by A&M Forest Service won’t let you down.


Although not specific to Texas, EatTheWeeds.com is a valuable site filled with 1,000+ wild edibles. Not only is there many of wild edibles to search through he also has many recipes implementing them in very tasty ways. The Common Non-Edible Plants page and his ITEMIZING video makes sure to remind you to always to check with a local expert before eating any plant. Visit Green Deane’s YouTube channel here: EatTheWeeds YouTube Channel


Animated Knots. This one is amazing. Every knot imaginable is here, separated into multiple categories. My favorite being “Scouting”. You can even search their database names of knots. On top of the multitude of knots, they even have a “slide-show” of sorts showing you step by step instructions. Their YouTube Channel can explain them even further with over 100 videos. All of the knots featured on their website can also be found in their app available at the App Store, as well as Google Play, and iPads.


Lonestar W&M Training can save a person’s life. Literally. They offer American Red Cross courses such as First Aid, CPR, AED and Wilderness Remote First Aid. The wilderness first aid classes are highly intuitive and will make you think of uses for items that you may have not thought of before. I myself had the pleasure of sitting in on a course. Although it wasn’t the entire course I learned a lot. Here is a short video of our gathering and the course he taught. They have an events page where you can see their scheduled classes as well as list of classes offered. The owner/ lead instructor Mike Tutton has tons of experience and won’t let you down.


Primitive Texas is an outdoor school that specializes in primitive skills. Including bow making, wild edibles, and much more. This school is ran by Mark Suter who has been practicing and learning all over Texas for over 15 years. On his site you will find a list of all the classes available and their description. Mr. Suter has even released a book called Edible Wild Plants of Texas (Non-Woody Species). This book focuses on a large variety of plants both invasive and not. With full page; full color pictures it is hard to beat this book. I have attended one of Mr. Suter wild edible classes and it was very enlightening. I have been studying wild edible for years now and learned many new things from it.