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Introduction to Wild Mushrooms – the top ten easy edibles

Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will present the basic groups of macrofungi and teach you how to identify ten readily identifiable species that will keep your palate satisfied for years to come. While she would prefer showing you fungi in the flesh,  Sue will share her slides with you during this zoom meeting. The last half hour will be for you to present actual fungi you have found with the group. Sue will discuss the collection, preservation and  identification process. Everyone will finish feeling confident to foray on their own.


Sue Van Hook graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. with a BA and MA in biology and mycology.  She worked in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy and Maine Coast Heritage Trust for ten years while raising a family and returned to academia to teach labs in biology and environmental science at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY for 18 years. She became the Chief Mycologist for a green tech start up, Ecovative Design, in 2007 and helped put fungal mycelium on the global map for growing earth compatible replacements for plastic foams, leather, furniture, ewood, and more.  Sue has lived in nearby Cambridge, NY for 30 years and has taught foraging for fungi to hundreds of people via weekend field trips with area non-profits.

Tickets must be purchased by 12:00 noon on Saturday August 22.

Members: $15

Not-Yet-Members: $20

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