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The fungus among us: 21st annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition in Nevada City

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The 21st annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition, hosted by the Yuba Watershed Institute, will take place Dec. 8-9 at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, according to a release.

The Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and identification workshops. Note: Online pre-registration is required to attend this event. Register online at http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.

Interested participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. Other useful items to bring are: a collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, hand lens, field guide and boots. This is a rain or shine event.

Following the collection foray, the group will come together at the Shady Creek Center to participate in identification discussions, mushroom group organization and presentations. There will be wild mushroom soups, and other food and merchandise for sale.

Saturday's Schedule:

9–9:15 a.m.: Sign in and Register. Guests are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. to ensure time for orientation.

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9:15-10 a.m.: "Introduction to the Foray" and "Basic Forms of Fungi and Where to Find Them" from local mycologist and naturalist Daniel Nicholson.

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Foray groups organize and depart to foraging sites in the Tahoe National Forest and nearby U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.

1-1:30 p.m.: Leave Foray sites and return to Shady Creek Center.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: "Santa Cruz Fungi and Myco-flora Project" from mycologist and author Christian Schwarz.

3:30-4:30 p.m.: "Fungi of Vanuatu" from mycologist and professor Dr. Brian Perry.

Sunday fun day

Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, will be the eighth annual Wild Mushroom Exposition. The Exposition will provide presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on seasonal Sierra mushrooms and their attributes.

There will be wild-crafted food concessions, mushroom-themed merchandise available for sale, and lectures and workshops that celebrate fungi. Popular exhibits include more than 200 identified fungi species, UV bio-phosphorescent reaction room, DNA phylogenetic tree display, and edible mushroom table.

Sunday's Schedule:

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: "Fungi of Mexico (Hongos Insolitos de Mexico)" from mycologist Alan Rockefeller.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: "Uses of Fungi in Society" and "Mushroom Cultivation Workshop: Make Your Own Mushroom Kit" (one per family to take home) from farmer Jeff Weld (New Leaf Permaculture Farm).

1:15-2:30 p.m.: "How to Cook Mushrooms, Creatively and a Wild Mushroom Cooking Demonstration" from chef and author Chad Hyatt.

2:45-4 p.m.: "Medicinal Mushrooms of California" and "How to Make Medicine with Mushrooms" workshop from herbalist and author Dr. Christopher Hobbs.

Note: Please be aware there are no dogs and no smoking allowed at the Shady Creek Center.

Pay to play

Admission for Saturday's events are $30 for general, $25 for Yuba Watershed Institute members and $15 for children and full-time students.

Admission for Sunday's events are $15 for general, $10 for Yuba Watershed Institute members, children, and full-time students.

Purchase tickets at http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.

Volunteer positions are also available. For this and other information, visit http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org, email chris@yubawatershedinstitute.org, or call 530-955-1822.

Source: Yuba Watershed Institute

KNOW & GO

WHAT: 21st annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

WHERE: Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City

TICKETS: Admission for Saturday’s events are $30 for general, $25 for Yuba Watershed Institute members and $15 for children and full-time students. Admission for Sunday’s events are $15 for general, $10 for Yuba Watershed Institute members, children, and full-time students. Purchase tickets at http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.

INFO: Visit http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org, email chris@yubawatershedinstitute.org, or call 530-955-1822 for more information

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