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Saturday, December 17, 2022
10:00am – 2:00pm
$35 per person ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 10 and up are welcome
Meet at the Dwight Center
The rainy season is a great time to get acquainted with fascinating fungi that are typically unseen the rest of the year. With the winter moisture of Sonoma County, vital networks of fungal mycelium hiding under our feet and in fallen logs put forth their fruiting bodies – showing us their many mushroom forms from the more recognizable toadstools and shelf fungi to the stranger bird’s nest or jelly fungi. Join Melina Kozanitas, biologist and mycology lecturer at Sonoma State University, to learn how to find, identify, and understand local mushrooms.
This class will open with a brief lecture reviewing the essentials, and then Melina will guide you through environments in which fungi may thrive, such as mixed-hardwood forest and grassland. As you encounter mushroom specimens along the way, you will learn about the structures and defining features of various fungi species and practice identifying them. We’ll break for lunch (please bring a bag lunch) and then we will conclude the day with a microscope lab, providing the opportunity to observe microscopic details for a deeper understanding of the fungi we find.
This event includes a slow-paced hike, up to 2 miles on varied terrain. It will go on in light rain, though heavy storms will cancel.
We highly recommend that you watch our previously recorded class presentation, Mushrooms of Northern California – featuring Melina Kozanitas, before you join us. This video will give you helpful background information to support your learning in the field! Find it on our YouTube channel here.
Instructor: Melina Kozanitas – Melina Kozanitas has extensive experience studying ecology at Pepperwood as a visiting researcher through the Ackerly Lab at UC Berkeley – where she earned her PhD in Plant Pathology. Melina currently serves as a biology lecturer at Sonoma State, teaching Intro to Biology, Plant Biology, and of course, Mycology!
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Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, June 20, 2022.
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