Join us at the garden with local guide Leah Bendlin to learn about mushrooms! We'll begin with an oral "overview to fungi", learning about their ecological roles, forms, how they eat and reproduce and how we can begin the process of identification. Then we'll wander in the garden and look for mushrooms, practicing our new ID skills and discussing the stories and potential uses of the species we encounter. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own mushroom field guides for outdoor practice. Leah recommends Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Trudell and All That the Rain Promises and More by Arora.
Leah Bendlin is an expert taxonomist, aspires to learn the name of every mushroom she encounters, and delights in teaching others. She has special interests in taxonomy, uncommonly known edibles, mycoheterotrophic plants, slime molds, ascomycetes and social justice. She regularly leads mushroom ID classes and walks through various Pacific Northwest organizations and has volunteered as a teacher, identifier and board member of the Oregon Mycological Society. You can find her Instagram page, focused primarily on teaching mushroom species of the Pacific Northwest at https://www.instagram.com/leah_mycelia/
For more information, contact JoAnn Vrilakas Education Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll sit under the Fireplace Terrace (open on two sides and slats on the other two) for the oral overview and then be outdoors. So please be prepared for cold weather, rain or shine, and for walking on dirt trails on hillsides.
Please note that a worsening Covid situation may lead to cancelling the class. If that happens, your payment will be refunded in full. We are requiring vaccination cards or a negative 24hr test for all events at this time. If you have any questions regarding this policy please reach out to JoAnn.
Meets at the main admissions gate off of Claybourne Street. View Google directions.