Come explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms. Learn the basics we need to begin identifying wild fungi including terminology, collecting techniques, spore prints, ID keys, and much more. We’ll begin with a classroom talk about basic understanding of mushroom characteristics for genus and species identification. After lunch, we’ll take a foray into the nearby woods to hunt some currently fruiting fungi. In addition to our primary focus on learning about edible and poisonous species, we’ll also address vital roles that mushrooms play in the planet’s ecosystem, and touch on their applications for medicine, paper making and colorful dyeing. A fresh wild mushroom specimen display will be provided by the instructor. Students may also bring in specimens for identification and discussion. Students are encouraged to bring their copies of David Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified and/or All That the Rain Promises, And More as reference texts, which can be purchased at the Point Reyes Visitor Bookstore.
Also open to youth (age 15-17) with parent attendance.