Wild Mushrooms: A Forager’s Dream & Potential Pitfalls

Posted July 10, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Town Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100; downeastlakes.org

How many times have you promised yourself to learn the wild mushrooms that pop up each summer and fall? Here is the perfect chance to get started under the guidance of a seasoned mushroom expert.

You are invited to learn with the noted amateur mycologist Greg Marley as he helps us to build skills and confidence in identifying Maine mushrooms.

•Learn how to identify mushrooms, and what you need to know to collect them safely,

•Know the best edible and medicinal mushrooms and how to avoid toxic mushrooms.

•Learn how to prepare and preserve the best wild edibles,

•Learn about the ecology of mushrooms as well as the folklore surrounding them.

Participants are invited to bring mushrooms for identification. Class will be held rain or shine.

This evening program is offered free of charge courtesy of Downeast Lakes Land Trust – Greg Marley’s expert presentations typically are not free, so this is a unique opportunity!

If you want to learn more, come back the next morning for a Mushroom hike with Greg Marley, from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are requested, and class size is limited. Downeast Lakes Land Trust is subsidizing the cost of the mushroom hike, available at a reduced cost of $30 per participant.

Instructor Biography:

Greg Marley has been pursuing his passion for mushrooms for more than 35 years. He has led countless walks and classes on mushroom identification and frequently lectures on mushrooms across New England. He has been a mushroom consultant to Poison Centers for a number of years. Marley is proprietor of Mushrooms for Health, a company offering healing mushroom supplements. He is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi and the award-winning Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms. www.mushrooms4health.com