Kirk Gentalen loves mushrooms. “I’ve never met a fungus I didn’t like” he says. From poisonous to edible, decomposer to parasite, the Fungal Kingdom has entranced Kirk as long as he can remember. “There is something cool going on with every mushroom” Kirk explains, “and I want to know what those cool things are.”
After 20 years of leading hikes & sharing the fungal world with thousands of people from California to Alaska to Lubec, Maine, Gentalen is excited to be working with the Cobscook Community Learning Center for an evening and morning of fungal bliss. “Will be awesome, could be epic.”
The natural history of mushrooms and their role in ecosystems will be the focus of this day’s outing, but every species is different so “you can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk. Having a group look for, find and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn.”
Kirk has lived and worked as a naturalist in 14 states leading Environmental Education and Ecotourism programs for kids of all ages. Currently he is as a regional steward and naturalist for the Maine Coast Heritage Coast out on Vinalhaven Island, and has led hikes for MCHT up and down the coast for the last four years.
The Mushroom Slideshow will be in the CCLC Commons building Friday, August 8, 7:00-8:00pm. Mushroom Walk will meet at the CCLC parking lot on Saturday, August 9, 9:00am and travel to Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Bog Brook Preserve. Cost for the slideshow and walk: $35. Scholarship money is available by calling the CCLC, 733-2233. The Cobscook Community Learning Center is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott. For more information or to register, call the CCLC 733-2233 or visit our website, www.cclc.me.