Since we will be on the hunt for organisms that operate on their own schedules and aren't fully understood by humans, there will inherently be a bit of meandering involved in this activity. The experience will most certainly be in the journey, rather than the destination, and it will be unique each time based upon each season, location, and recent weather patterns. We will begin in town by covering some basic safety information for walking in the woods and ensuring that all members of the party are equipped to handle a day of mushroaming! We will then head out into the national forest, with the specific location dependent upon what type of mushrooms we will be targeting. I will share as many tips and tricks with you as I can for finding these sometimes elusive organisms as we wander around in the woods for a couple hours, carefully searching for any edible fungi that we can collect and bring home. I will also teach you how to look for key characteristics of these mushrooms, so you know exactly what fungus you have found and you can confirm that it is safe and delicious to eat. Upon returning to town, I will share some of my favorite methods of preparing whatever mushrooms we have found for the day and answer any questions to set you up for future success should you choose to continue mushroaming on your own in the future!
I'm a biochemist with an intense passion for nature, food, human health, and the ultimate interaction of all these interests! As someone who studies the genetic regulation of fungi as a career, I am deeply fascinated by these organisms and how little is truly known about them. As someone who spends as much time as possible in the forests, I am awe stricken by the amount of delicious food that is available to be consumed by any wanderer with the right knowledge. As someone who is trying to live a long, healthy, and happy life, I am convinced by the evidence that supports the regular consumption of mushrooms for our physical and mental wellbeing. I have been foraging my own food from the forests of Oregon since I moved here over 3 years ago, and I would love to take you along with me on the holistic journey that I refer to as mush-roaming!
You will keep all of the mushrooms that you find, which can easily be a few pounds or more!
I will have plenty of water in the car for us to ensure that we do not go thirsty during the day!
I will transport us to whatever mushroom spots we will be exploring for the day!
I will provide the things you need to mushroam successfully, namely a vessel to store all of your mushrooms in!
We'll meet briefly in the park for our pre-excursion preparation and then we will head out into the forest! Most likely we will head into the Willamette National Forest, but the Siuslaw National Forest is an option as well-- especially in the hottest heat of summer and the coldest cold of winter. Finally, we will visit in the park again after mushroaming to discuss cooking and eating the mushrooms, to answer any questions, and to say goodbye!
最多可有4位年满6周岁的参与者参加。 Be comfortable being out in the weather in the woods. No experience required, just a positive attitude!
We will not be climbing mountains, but you must be in good enough physical shape to walk around in the forest for a few hours. This can include climbing over downed trees, walking through shallow creeks, and getting through with thick brush and branches!