(in person) Mushrooms: Field Identification and Fungal Ecology w/ Dave Muska
September 26 @ 9:00 AM - September 27 @ 5:00 PM$265
Biodiversity University – Mushrooms: Field Identification and Fungal Ecology
Instructors: Dave Muska
September 26 – 27 | $265
Course size: 8-10 students
Mushrooms have fascinated and mystified humankind for ages. From ancient origin stories and shamanic practice to modern systematic analysis, fungi intrigue us culturally, medicinally, and scientifically. In this course, participants will explore the diversity and ecological importance of the kingdom of fungi. Over this two-day course, participants will learn the fundamentals of mushroom identification through a combination of classroom and field experience. Topics include fungi ecology, taxonomy, field identification, morphology, edibility, toxicity, fungi as medicine, bioremediation, utilitarian function, as well as ‘best’ harvesting practices. Participants will leave the course with the foundational knowledge necessary to successfully and confidently identify mushrooms, and enjoy a greater understanding of fungi ecology and life history. All skill levels and knowledge bases are welcome.
Course Goals & Objectives
- Understand diverse roles of fungi within the global ecosystems.
- Develop competency in understanding terminology & key identifying characteristics of fungal fruiting bodies (mushrooms).
- Successfully identify mushrooms to genus in field and lab settings.
- Develop functional pathways for incorporating fungi into participants’ lives (food, medicine, bioremediation, etc.)
About the Instructor(s)
Dave Muska is the founder of Ondatra Adventures, a business devoted to providing meaningful connections to the natural world through guided excursions, naturalist study, and wilderness living skills. Dave studied Environmental Biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY where he focused much of his attention on Mycology (the study of fungi). He has since spent years foraging mushrooms for food and medicine and regularly teaches mycology classes and mushroom identification courses and apprenticeships throughout New York and Vermont. He has studied with many talented individuals and professionals in the fields of his expertise and following his curiosity and passions continues to learn, believing that a true educator must also be a student. Dave is a naturalist educator with the North Branch Nature Center.