Sarah Lambson will present a talk on natural herbal teas on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Whether it’s served in a steaming mug on a cold morning or in a tall glass with ice on a hot afternoon, tea always seems to hit the spot. Herbal tea is a delicious and caffeine-free alternative to coffee and black, green, or white tea that is good for one’s health and can be found in the back yard.

In this talk, titled “Nature’s Tea Party,” Lambson will discuss a wide variety of teas that can be made from the leaves, berries, and roots of both wild and cultivated plants and herbs. She will talk about the best harvesting times for these plants, how to prepare them, and the health benefits of each plant. There will be samples of many of the teas that are all harvested and made from plants that grow at Merryspring Nature Center.

Lambson is serving as Merryspring’s AmeriCorps Environmental Educator this year. A Missouri native, she received her bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri in the winter of 2009. This is her second AmeriCorps term of service – her first was in New Hampshire last year. Her passion is working with the public and educating them about nature, the outdoors, and how to look after and care for the earth and the environment we live in.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, which is co-sponsored by The First and Jaret and Cohn.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at merryspring.org.