Wild Mushroom ID Class - North Carolina - (No Certification) - JUL 25, 2020


Come learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms with Stesha Warren. 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: Merchants Millpond State Park, 176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC 27938
When: July 25, 2020, 9am-5pm

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Accommodations at the State Park: Merchants Millpond State Park has camping available. Please call 252-357-1191 to book your stay.

Southern swamp and hardwood forest mingle at Merchants Millpond State Park, adorning the landscape with massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife. Canoes can be rented or visitors can bring their own for a unique paddling experience. Three types of camping are available at family and group campgrounds, primitive backpacking sites and three remote canoe-in campgrounds reached by paddling trails. The scenic pond is surrounded by picnic grounds, nine miles of hiking trails and a visitor center offering museum-quality exhibits. Some trail segments are open to biking. Fishing is available from the bank, or small boats (trolling motors only) may be launched at the boat ramp.

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

1. Chanterelles
2. Oyster mushrooms
3. Black trumpets
4. Morels
5. Hen of the woods
6. Chicken of the woods
7. Blue milky
8. Wood ear
9. Golden and burgundy milkies
10. Green quilted russula
12. Lionsmane
13. Hedgehog mushrooms
14. Puffball
15. 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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