Wild Mushroom ID Class - Georgia - (No Certification) - AUG 8, 2020

$150.00

Come learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms with Brian Hale. This class will take you on a journey of how to identify mushrooms in the wild. You will learn about several edible mushroom species while foraging outdoors, bringing them back into a classroom setting, and looking step by step into the mushroom groups.

Where: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA 30663
When: August 8, 2020, 9am-5pm

Accommodations: Hard Labor Creek State Park has cottages and camping spots available, book ahead of time, as the prices may rise.

Food: Bring your own lunch

Hard Labor Creek State Park is a 5,804 acre (23.49 km²) Georgia state park located between Fairplay and Rutledge. The park is named after Hard Labor Creek, a small stream that cuts through the park. The creek's name comes either from slaves who once tilled the summer fields, or from Native Americans who found the area around the stream difficult to ford. The park plays host to an 18-hole public golf course, which offers a pro shopdriving range, rental cars, and senior citizen discounts. Rocky Creek provides many of the water hazards on the course including the 14th hole with its signature water wheel.

Class Itinerary:

  1. Introduction to mushroom lifecycles
  2. Mushroom Ecology
  3. Collecting and storing edible mushrooms
  4. Foray
  5. Foray collections walk-through - Major groups ID
  6. 15 easy edible wild mushrooms
    • Chanterelles
    • Oyster mushrooms
    • Black trumpets
    • Morels
    • Hen of the woods
    • Chicken of the woods
    • Blue milky
    • Wood ear
    • Golden and burgundy milkies
    • Green quilted russula
    • Beefsteak
    • Lionsmane
    • Hedgehog mushrooms
    • Puffball
    • Cauliflower

Recommended field guides:

Mushrooms of the Southeast: Todd F. Elliott & Steven L Stephenson

Appalachian Mushrooms: A field guide: Walter E. Sturgeon

A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas: Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette, Michael W. Hopping

What to bring:

  1. Mushroom hunting basket
  2. Knife
  3. Bug spray
  4. Individual paper bags
  5. Field pocket guide
  6. Black and white paper
  7. Pen/pencil
  8. Pocket journal
  9. Water

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