Nature Center offers Mushroom Workshop

Posted Aug. 18, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.

Sunday, September 1 to Monday, September 1, 2014; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd, Jefferson, Maine

Contact: Codey; 200-8840

Website: hvnc.org

Most people interested in learning to collect and identify mushrooms are driven more by a hunger for their great edible potential than curiosity about their ecology. Maine’s wild mushrooms offer a great opportunity to sustainably collect world-class gourmet edible mushrooms as you enjoy a walk through the woods and fields. The only thing standing in the way is having the knowledge and confidence to tell the good edible mushrooms from those toxic ones that can sicken you. The good news is that there are a handful of common, easily identified, great edibles that can satisfy most peoples hunger for mushrooms.

Join Maine’s most prominent mushroom expert for a day-long class devoted to building the skills needed to identify common mushrooms. The class will combine lecture and outdoor experience to look at identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms. We will look at edible as well as common poisonous mushrooms and may end the day by cooking some of the mushrooms we find. Come prepared for a hike and to have a fun day. Fees are $60, $55 for HVNC members. Visit www.hvnc.org to register.