Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition returns for 22nd year |

Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition returns for 22nd year


WHO: Yuba Watershed Institute

WHAT: 22nd Annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday Dec. 14 and 15

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


MORE INFO: or 650-483.3378

The 22nd Annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition, hosted by the Yuba Watershed Institute, returns the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15. The event will take place at Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center in Nevada City.

The traditional Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and identification workshops.

Bring a bagged lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. Other useful items to bring include a collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, and hand lens. Please carpool if possible. This is a rain or shine event.

Following the collection foray, the day will convene at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center for identification discussions, fungi-related presentations and educational workshops. There will be wild mushroom soups and other food and merchandise for sale.

Saturday’s Schedule

9 to 9:10 a.m. — Sign in and Register. Please arrive by 9:00 to ensure time for orientation.

9:10 to 9:40 a.m. — “Introduction to the Foray” and “Basic Forms of Fungi and Where to Find Them” – Daniel Nicholson, local mycologist and naturalist.

9:40 to 10:15 a.m. — Foray groups organize and depart to foraging sites in the nearby Tahoe National Forest and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.

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

2 to 3 p.m. — “Fungi of Vanuatu” – Dr. Brian A. Perry, mycologist and professor

3 to 4 p.m. — “Mushrooms that Glow in the Dark: Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Fungi” – Alan Rockefeller, mushroom identification expert.

On Sunday there will be the 9th annual Wild Mushroom Exposition. The Exposition will include presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on our seasonal Sierra mushrooms. There will be wild-crafted food concessions, mushroom merchandise available for sale, and lectures and workshops that celebrate fungi.

Sunday’s Schedule

11:30 to 12:30 p.m. —“Wild Mushroom Cooking Demonstration” – Chef Todd Spanier.

1 to 2 p.m. — “Fungi of The Andes Mountains” – Damon Tighe, biologist and photographer.

2:15 to 3 p.m. —“Growing and Restoring with Fungi in the Landscape” – Christopher Hodge, mushroom cultivator.

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. —“Sierra Mycoflora Project and What We Know of the Sierra Fungi” – Daniel Nicholson, local mycologist and naturalist.

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

General admission for Saturday is $30, or $25 for Yuba Watershed Institute members, as well as for children and full-time students.

Sunday is $15 general admission, and $10 for members, children and full-time students. Register for the event at

Volunteer positions are available. To volunteer please email

For more event information, please contact or 650-483.3378.

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