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**REGISTRATION FULL** Wild Mushroom Foraging and Identification Workshop with Greg Marley pt 2 (In Person) – August 7

August 7th: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Maine mushroom expert Greg Marley will lead a two-day hybrid online and in-person workshop on foraging for and identifying wild mushrooms hosted by Merryspring Nature Center online on Friday, August 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and at Merryspring on Saturday, August 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There is a growing interest in collecting and eating the best of Maine’s wild mushrooms. The only thing standing in the way is the knowledge and confidence to tell the good edible mushrooms from those that can sicken. The good news is that there are a handful of common, easily identified, great edible or medicinal mushrooms that can satisfy most peoples’ hunger. Maine is home to a number of world-class mushrooms, easily found on a walk through the woods and fields. This workshop is devoted to

building the skills needed to identify common mushrooms and to begin a lifetime of wild mushrooming. The class will combine lecture and outdoor experience to look at identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms.

This workshop will be divided into an evening lecture over Zoom guided by high quality photographs of Maine mushrooms to build a foundation of knowledge, followed by a 3-hour mushroom walk through the woods the next day at Merryspring Nature Center to put the learning into action in nature. Come prepared for a hike and a fun learning day. Participants are invited to bring fresh examples of mushrooms from their own locale to identify. No mushrooming experience is needed. Handouts on common mushrooms will be provided for digital download.

Marley has been collecting, studying, eating, growing and teaching mushrooms for over 45 years. He has spread his love of mushrooms to hundreds through walks, talks and classes held across the New England over the past 30 years. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Downeast Books , 2009) and the award-winning Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystic of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010). As a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Centers across New England since 2001, he provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases. When not mushrooming, Marley works as a mental health clinician and behavioral health consultant specializing in suicide prevention and suicide grief.

This program is part of the Weekend Workshop series at Merryspring. The cost of this two-part workshop is $60, with a rate of $75 for couples. This fee includes both the online and in-person portions of this class. Limited space is available. Guests may sign up and pay by contacting Merryspring at 207-236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 207-236-2239.


August 7th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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