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Wild Mushrooms – Friend or Foe?

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Course Description:

Wild mushroom identification is important for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the presence of deadly poisonous species in our local area. In this workshop, we'll examine the basic techniques of identification including how to use field guide resources to learn the process of systematic identification. Following classroom instruction, we'll journey to a local collecting site (near Ryan Ranch), gather samples and then return to conduct hands-on identification.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Saturday, Dec. 16 *10:00am – 4:00pm* (1 session)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch


Philip Carpenter, PhD is a local amateur mycologist who has been an active member and officer in the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz (FFSC), a local wild mushroom club. He has taught mushroom identification classes for the FFSC for many years, leads foraging class at UCSC and acts as a consultant
to local hospitals, doctors and veterinarians for mushroom poisoning cases.