The Yuba Watershed Institute (YWI) will celebrate its 15th annual Fungus Foray and 2nd Annual Wild Mushroom Expo Saturday and Sunday.
Autumn is here, which means mushrooms. The recent rain and snow heralds the beginning of the west coast mushroom season.
Daniel Nicholson, YWI’s mushroom master, has been spotted eating a few Russula, nibbling on a Bolete, and seen a couple white Chanterelle so the Sierra foothills haven’t been at a loss for fungi — even within the minor drought that has happened. Conditions will improve even more with the recent rainstorms.
The Yuba Watershed Institute invites the public to join them for a weekend of exploration of Sierra Nevada wild mushrooms.
The 15th annual Fungus Foray will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday rain or shine.
The traditional Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and educational workshops at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.
Wild-crafted food concessions and mushroom merchandise will be available for sale.
Bring a lunch and be prepared to walk in the woods. Also useful for the foray, a collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, and hand lens.
Admission for Saturday’s event is $20 general, $18 for YWI members; half day for $12, those under 18 are free.
Then from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday there will be the Nevada City Wild Mushroom Exposition at The Stonehouse in Nevada City.
For the second annual Wild Mushroom Expo YWI is bringing the foray to downtown Nevada City.
The Sunday Exposition is packed with presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on seasonal Sierra mushrooms.
Wild-crafted food concessions and mushroom merchandise will also be available for sale.
Admission is $10 general, $8 for YWI members, $5 for students, and under 13 are free.
The Stonehouse is located at 107 Sacramento St. in Nevada City.
For more information on the Fungus Foray or the second annual Wild Mushroom Expo, go to www.yubawatershedinstitute.org.