Mushrooms evoke a wide range of images including fairies and gnomes, poison and decay, and even gourmet dinners for some! To begin to appreciate the numerous roles mushrooms play in ecosystems and human cultures, it is important to be able to find and identify them. In this beginner level walk on the SLU Kip Trail, local mycologist Claire Burkum will introduce us to a few features mycologists use to distinguish different groups of mushrooms. Given the tremendous diversity of fungi in the forest, this walk will only be a start of the development of your mushroom identification skills. Please meet at the Wachtmeister Field Station at 4:30 pm. To carpool, please meet at the Brewer Bookstore at 4:15 pm (space is limited, please rsvp to email@example.com for carpooling).
This event is part of Nature Up North's Fall 2018 Naturalist Series, on second Fridays September through December from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. More details about later events will be announced in early September.
Nature Up North events are free and open to the public, with all skill levels and ages welcome. Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Directions: Wachtmeister Field Station is located at the south end of the SLU campus in Canton. To get there, proceed south down Park St. approx. 0.25 mi past the campus athletic fields. The drive will be on the left coming from the SLU campus and right if coming from Route 27.
Kip Trail, Wachtmeister Field Station
Park Street, County Route 27
Canton, NY 13617
Please wear comfortable walking clothes/shoes. Bring insect repellent and a water bottle, if desired. A bathroom is available at the Field Station.