Mushroom Hunting


Join us as we foray into the mystical world of mushroom hunting!

The Eco-Institute is home to numerous types of wild mushrooms, from the delicious to the deadly. On Saturday, September 22nd local mycologist Anna McHugh will lead us in a course on mushroom identification, then we'll walk and collect mushrooms,
and if we’re lucky, get to taste what we find!

Instructor Anna McHugh, author of the blog Crazy About Mushrooms, writes:

"Mushrooms have aroused suspicion and fear for millennia, despite their many uses. Fungi provide us with penicillin, bread, beer, and untold bounties in our orchards, fields, meadows, and forests. For me, fungus represents the inherent mystery of our planet- terra incognita if you will- and it offers us a tremendous wealth of wisdom about nature. Unseen beneath our feet lies a network of fungi that helps carry the pulse of life to every corner of the earth, and it is both an honor and pleasure to serve as an advocate for these remarkable organisms."

*This class counts towards Criteria II or Continuing Education Credits
for the N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program


Saturday, September 22

Two sessions:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM OR
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Eco-Institute Community Barn




Anna McHugh is a writer, mushroom hunter, and mycological educator who writes a blog about Kingdom Fungi and the human encounter with mushrooms. Anna's lectures and workshops reveal the inner workings of fungal ecology, gourmet mushroom cultivation, and the rich folk traditions of using mushrooms as food and medicine. Anna also produced the hour-long documentary Crazy About Mushrooms, for which she traveled the United States speaking with mushroom luminaries from all over bringing their stories, and the story of the mysterious mushroom, to light.