Wild Mushroom ID Class - North Carolina - (No Certification) - MAY 23, 2020

$150.00

Come learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms with Laura Stewart Reedy. 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: Haw River State Park, 339 Conference Center Drive, Browns Summit, NC 27214 Cabins, camping and other accommodations are available. Please call 336-342-6163 to make a reservation ahead of time. https://www.ncparks.gov/haw-river-state-park

When: May 23, 2020, 9am-5pm

Food: Bring your own lunch

Located in the northern Piedmont Triad region, picturesque terrain makes Haw River State Park the perfect place to connect with nature. Housed within this natural setting is The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center, N.C. State Park’s first residential environmental education center. Along with environmental education programming, The Summit Center offers conference center facilities for groups ranging in size from 10 to 180.

Iron Ore Belt Access
The more traditional side of Haw River State Park is found at the Iron Ore Belt Access. A picnic area is located adjacent to the parking lot while a second picnic pad is found halfway along the Great Blue Heron Loop trail. Additional picnic areas and trails will be brought online in the near future. 

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
    • Enoki - Velvet foot
    • 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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