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Northern Ecology

Mushroom & Fungi Intro

Course Overview

Join us on the North Shore and in the Superior National Forest as summer wanes and the seasonal mushrooms fruit in all their majesty. In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of mushroom foraging and immersed in the bewildering world of general fungal knowledge. Want to learn to identify a handful of species and feel confident in harvesting wild mushrooms for the table? This course will meet these challenges and more. Come along with certified mycological identification expert, Michael Karns, and dip your toes into the vast realm of fungal mysteries. “Hunting mushrooms is addictive. It’s like any other pursuit that taps into the natural pattern of seeking, a primal part of our brains. It’s a very cathartic, almost Zen practice as long as one doesn’t get too attached to the idea of success. Mother Nature determines when the mushrooms will show themselves. The best piece of advice I can give for finding mushrooms is to just get into the woods as often as possible. Even if you’re not successful, one can never consider a day in the woods a waste.” —Michael Karns.  Students ages 12-17 are welcome to participate when accompanied by an adult.

Required Tools

  • Participants should wear clothing & footwear appropriate for a variety of field conditions, and bring a backpack with water, snacks and a lunch. Other personal items like sunscreen, bug spray and rain jacket may be advisable.

Optional Tools

  • Basket
  • Knife


Fri, Aug 9th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-4pm
Tuition: $115.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Michael Karns
Michael Karns
St. Paul, MN

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Mushroom & Fungi Intro