As part of my association with Everything Mushrooms, I’ll be leading a series of four mushroom identification workshops: June, July, Aug & Sept. Across the summer and into fall, we should encounter most of the major edibles and look-a-likes in the region. Cost is $35 per workshop. Anyone attending one workshop gets $5 off the next workshop. They will be on Thursdays from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. at Everything Mushrooms, 1004 Sevier Ave., Knoxville. Light refreshment will be served (wine & cheese). When certain species are abundant, we’ll have some prepared mushroom dishes too. First class is June 26. The second is July 24. Register here. Limited to 15 per workshop
The format will be similar to a foray, in that participants are asked to collect their own mushrooms the day before, or that morning, and then bring them to the workshop (wrap your collections in wax paper NOT plastic). I will also be collecting. We will cover the broad classification of fungi for context and then use the participants’ mushrooms to illustrate and learn terminology and the characteristics used in classification and field.identification. Make notes, take cell phone pictures and go back home to review where your mushrooms are.
The learning principle is “focus on what you see often and then you will remember. Then take what you know and apply it in a new situation.” Learning as you go engages all the senses as opposed to a lecture format. That’s why it is a workshop, not a class. If you take multiple workshops, you will get review as well as new mushrooms each time.
Participants can review our many guide books and other aids to identification.