*Please wear a mask and follow 6ft social distancing measures.
This mushroom walk is designed to be an introduction to the mycological world of Maine, with a particular focus on edible mushrooms. The first half hour or so of class will be devoted to covering basic fungal biology and life cycle, mushroom myths/truths, and foraging practices. From there, we’ll head into the forest and scan for mushrooms, discussing our finds as we go. The species we are likely to find vary depending on season and location. By the end of class, participants will walk away with growing confidence in several choice species and inspiration to learn more.
Participants should come prepared with: A pocketknife and basket for sample collection, a notebook and pencil, water, sturdy water proof footwear, warm layers, and a flashlight or headlamp for walking out, just in case. Due to the content and timing of this event, it is strongly suggested that attendees be 12 yrs and up.
Speaker Spotlight: Louis Giller has spent about a decade studying, growing, foraging, and most importantly eating mushrooms. His mycological journey began at the University of Denver where he studied environmental science and conducted oyster mushroom research inspired by MycoCelebrity Paul Stamets. He found North Spore about 3 and a half years ago where he primarily works on product production, education, and community outreach.