Befriending Fungi (AM session)

Befriending Fungi (AM session)

Befriending Fungi (AM session)

Event Details

Oct 20, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park
Evan Holmstrom
Activity Level
Class Tuition
Minimum Age
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Ah, the fungus kingdom. According to scientists, fungi are responsible for creating the first soils. This is the only way that plants were able to evolve into the complex vascular form they now have. In turn, mammals were able to move onto land. So you could say that we have much to credit fungi for. Indeed, you could say that all of the inhabitable land is the fungus kingdom!


If you've wanted to dig into the rich world of fungi this basic course may be your shovel of knowledge. A topic unlike any other in natural history, fungi require us to see them in a way that's completely different than mammal, bird, or plant ID. Evan will help us connect with observable fungi using our innate skills of observation and to build our visual vocabulary so that we can begin to notice the salient characteristics of one mushroom type or another.


We'll use direct observation with hand lenses, diagrams, and field guides. These will be provided for the course. We'll meet at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park. Other topics include basic fungus ecology, the broader implications of fungus health, and probably some silly mushroom poems. Are you ready to have some fungi? (Sorry, had to!)