Violet Snow Media

Words, music, and images by Violet Snow



Violet Snow has taught classes in herbal healing, plant identification, and other nature-related topics at Ashokan Center, Appalachian Mountain Club, High Meadow School, Moccasin Meet primitive skills gathering, Kids in the Kaatskills, and many other venues. Her teachers have included herbalists Matthew Wood, William LeSassier, Susun Weed, and Robin Rose Bennett. She  studied primitive skills with Barry Keegan, Ricardo Sierra, and others.

An expert at identification of plants and trees of the northeastern U.S., she has spent thousands of hours in the woods and fields of the Catskill Mountains, observing plants and wildlife, tracking animals, and harvesting wild edible and medicinal plants. Her mission is to help people connect to the awe inspired by the natural world. 

Violet is available for nature walks in the Hudson Valley. Send requests to

(Above: Bloodroot flower and leaf by Violet Snow.)


Violet wrote a twice-monthly nature column for the Phoenicia Times and Olive Press from 2001 to 2010. In 2009-10, she wrote a column about the intersection of wildlife and suburban life on (Click on "Clips" on the menu to the left to see samples.)

As botany feature writer for, she wrote over 100 articles and blog posts on tree identification, plant families, wild edibles, and other topics.

In 1990-91, she created and edited a New York City herb newsletter, The Urban Herbalist. She has contributed articles to Northeast Herbal Association Journal and Bulletin of Primitive Skills.


Violet's nature photographs have appeared in Phoenicia Times, Woodstock Times, and Catskill Mountain Region Guide. Three of her photos have won awards in the annual Catskill Mountain Foundation regional photo contest. See Photo Gallery