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Mushrooms of Central Vermont

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$45 – $55

Join NBNC naturalist and educator Dave Muska on a journey through the Fungi kingdom. In this class, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mushroom ID, toxicology & edibility, as well as the ecological significance of fungi found in Central Vermont.

This workshop will consist of both an indoor presentation followed by a mushroom foray and exploration of fungi on the NBNC property and adjacent forests. Dave will share his knowledge of species found along the walk as well as his personal experiences of their uses for food, utility, and medicine.

To bring:

Notebook and pencil

Lunch and snack

Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear

Basket or container for collecting specimens in the field.

Subject-related field guides are encouraged although optional.

Maximum class size: 20 people
Minimum age: 18
Duration: 6 hours

Class to include:

1.5 hour presentation/lecture encompassing field ID, ecology, edibility and toxicology.

2 hour mushroom foray/walk

2 hour identification practice


About the Instructor:

Dave “Muskrat” Muska is a Naturalist Educator with NBNC, a Wilderness Skills Instructor, and licensed Outdoor Guide. He is the founder of Ondatra Adventures, an organization devoted to providing participants with a deeper connection to the natural world through educational programs, classes, guided hikes, and excursions. Dave works with all ages to develop meaningful and personal relationships with nature and its fellow organisms throughout the Northeast and beyond.



October 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$45 – $55
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602