Mushrooms of Sonoma County – SOLD OUT

This event is now sold out. To be added to the wait list please fill out this short form

Saturday, December 16, 2023
10:00am – 2:00pm

$35 per person
Ages 12 and up 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 collective identification session of the specimens we found. 

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.

Note: This class is not a food foraging event, but an educational exploration to learn to identify and understand local fungi. For ecological conservation reasons, removing specimens from the reserve is not permitted. Thank you for understanding. 

Instructor Bio:

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!

 

Ease of Access/Hike Level: Most of this class will be held in the field and will include hiking up to 5 miles under moderate to advanced hiking levels, over varied terrain including hills and uneven surfaces. Bathrooms and water are available at the meeting location.

Weather & Cancellations: This event will go on in light rain. However, it could be canceled in the case of heavy storms, unhealthy air quality or other unforeseen circumstances. In the case of cancellation, registrants will be notified via email. 

Though we love dogs, pets are not allowed on the reserve. When visiting Pepperwood, please leave pets at home for their wellbeing and that of our wildlife. Thank you.

Please, no smoking at Pepperwood.

COVID Protocols: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please practice good health hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

Image credit: Holland Gistelli

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

2023-12-16 10:00 2023-12-16 14:00 America/Los_Angeles Mushrooms of Sonoma County – SOLD OUT

This event is now sold out. To be added to the wait list please fill out this short form.  Saturday, December 16, 2023 10:00am – 2:00pm $35 per person Ages 12 and up welcome  Meet at the Dwight Center The rainy season is a great time to get acquainted with fascinating fungi that are typically unseen […]

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