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Mushroom Identification: A Mycological Field Guide

Join us for a look at the fascinating world of mushroom identification in this "walk in the woods" style workshop. This is your chance to gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification, as we will locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. We will discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party.

Lots of fun facts and information will help participants learn about how mushrooms grow and interact with the natural world.

Please Note: We are dealing with nature, and cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Please bring your positive attitude and come prepared for anything! We are going hiking in the woods and trying to unlock the mystery of nature, so you will receive an education on this topic, no matter what. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country--and note that hiking apparel is a wise idea(ie: long pants, hats, good footwear, water bottle, snack). Though we are hiking in the woods, we will not be moving at a rigorous pace, so hikers of all skill levels are welcome.

This is an identification workshop, not a foraging workshop. For those who are curious, we will briefly discuss the legalities of foraging for mushrooms in Colorado. 

Instructor Michael Heim’s interest in plants began while attending college, when he took a Horticulture class to satisfy a “hard science” requirement. Around the same time he learned how to forage for wild mushrooms. The passion was “planted”! Since then he has been fusing his passion for spirits and culinary creations with his passion for botany, mycology, and wild foods. When he’s not out foraging, he can be found practicing his creative (and botanical) mixology at The Kitchen in Boulder.

No experience necessary. This is a Parent and Child Approved workshop, meaning that your child (ages 8-13) may attend with you for a reduced price. Seniors (55+) receive a 20% discount off of their registration fee. Minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 18. Pre-registration is required. *We will be meeting at the Nederland Visitor's Center and carpooling to our final destination from there*.

Cost: $40

Please Note: We thank you for your RSVP on Meetup, however we will not be able to save your spot in this workshop unless you complete your registration by visiting: or calling[masked]-4406. Thank you for your understanding!

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