Mushroom Discovery

SLO Mushroom Discovery
with author, Christian Schwarz
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday January 26-28,

MoRCAre you mystified by the seasonal appearance of mushrooms? Have you always been interested, but daunted by the complexity of fungal forms? Well, now is the time to get some in-depth and hands-on training on mushroom identification!

The Garden is excited to welcome Christian Schwarz from Santa Cruz, co-author of the Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, for an in-depth look at the diverse fungi found on the central coast. Join Christian for a class series that explores mushroom habitats and identification methods. This interdisciplinary program will engage students through a combination of classroom lecture, field exploration, and hands-on exercises.


SLO Mushroom Discovery Workshops 2018



Saturday and Sunday classes will fill.
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Topics/activities to be covered include: taxonomy basics, field identification, in the field, ethical harvesting guidelines, safety issues and tips on how to avoid toxic/poisonous mushrooms, use of citizen science tools, and sampling of a variety of edible mushroom preparations, and more!

Friday January 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Lecture: Mushrooms of SLO County

This photo-filled presentation will cover some common mushroom taxonomy and identification methods, in addition to some of the research conducted by Christian and mushrooms he has found along the central coast and beyond.  You’ll get some Q&A time with Christian and look at fresh specimens. Christian will be selling and signing copies of Mushrooms of the Redwood coast.
No reservations required. Suggested donation$5 Garden members / $10 public.

Saturday January 27, 10-4pm
Workshop I: Mushroom Exploration and Identification Basics

Join Christian on a field trip through a portion of the SLO Botanical Garden. We will gather specimens for closer examination. We’ll discuss identification techniques and citizen science tools. Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the mushrooms via close observation, touching, and smelling.
Limited space available. To register call 805.541.1400×303. $55 Garden members / $65 public.

Sunday January 28, 10-4pm
Workshop II: In-depth Mushroom Identification and Tasting

We will be getting deeper into identification techniques. There will be some hands-on identification of on-site mushrooms and specimens from Christian’s collection. This class will also have the opportunity to do some mushroom tasting!
Limited space available. To register call 805.541.1400×303. $55 Garden members / $65 public.

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Saturday and Sunday workshops:
$100 for Garden Members / $120 for public
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Christian+SchwarzChristian Schwarz is a mushroom enthusiast and taxonomist and citizen science advocate from Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is coauthor of “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”, and is slowly building a mycoflora for Santa Cruz County. Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms (from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublime). He has travelled in search of fungi throughout the United States, as well as central America, Indonesia, Borneo, and Europe. Besides mushroom taxonomy and mycofloristics, he’s an excitable birder and passionate about citizen science, particularly the use of iNaturalist

Getting to know your Palms

This lecture is designed to give participants an introduction to plant morphology, systematics, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of palms in a botanical garden setting. We will cover basic palm biology, including vegetative and reproductive form and function, the global diversity of palms, and their relationships.  Finally, we will learn how to recognize the most widely planted palms in California.

 

Dr. Jenn Yost is a botany professor at Cal Poly in the biology department.  She is the Director of the Hoover Herbarium.  She teaches general botany courses and the upper division plant taxonomy and field botany courses. She studies the genus Dudleya, little succulent plants found on rocky outcrops, and the genus Lasthenia, or goldfields. She is an evolutionary biologist who tries to understand how new species are generated. Jenn received her PhD from UC Santa Cruz where she studied cryptic species on serpentine outcrops throughout California.

Getting to know your Palms

This lecture is designed to give participants an introduction to plant morphology, systematics, anatomy, ecology, and conservation of palms in a botanical garden setting. We will cover basic palm biology, including vegetative and reproductive form and function, the global diversity of palms, and their relationships.  Finally, we will learn how to recognize the most widely planted palms in California.

 

Dr. Jenn Yost is a botany professor at Cal Poly in the biology department.  She is the Director of the Hoover Herbarium.  She teaches general botany courses and the upper division plant taxonomy and field botany courses. She studies the genus Dudleya, little succulent plants found on rocky outcrops, and the genus Lasthenia, or goldfields. She is an evolutionary biologist who tries to understand how new species are generated. Jenn received her PhD from UC Santa Cruz where she studied cryptic species on serpentine outcrops throughout California.

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