Mushroom expert Greg Marley in his element. Marley will lead a mushroom identification class at Woodlawn Museum on July 30. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOODLAWN MUSEUM

Mushroom identification class offered

ELLSWORTH — Mushroom expert Greg Marley will lead a class called “Identifying New England’s Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms” at Woodlawn Museum on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marley has been pursuing his passion for mushrooms for more than 40 years. He has led countless walks and lectures on mushrooms as well as daylong classes. His interests and expertise include foraging, cultivation of mushrooms, collecting and cooking wild species, the ecology of mushrooms in our forests and the use of medicinal mushrooms. He has been a mushroom consultant to The Poison Control Centers of Northern New England for years. He founded Mushrooms for Health, a company offering healing mushroom supplements and education. Marley is the author of “Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeast Fungi” and “Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares: The Love and Mystique of Mushrooms.

World-class gourmet edible mushrooms can be collected during a walk through woods and fields if one has the skills to tell the edible mushrooms from the poisonous ones. This class will combine lectures and an outdoor experience to give you an understanding of identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms.

Participants should come prepared for a hike and a fun day of learning. The class may include cooking some of the mushrooms found on the hike. Participants are invited to bring fresh specimens of mushrooms from their own property to add to the day’s collection. Baskets, curiosity and mushroom field guides also are recommended as equipment for the day.

The class will be held rain or shine. The cost for the workshop is $60 for Woodlawn members, $70 for nonmembers. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Register at Bring a bag lunch.

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