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      January 24, 2020

      Friday   5:30 PM

      3450 Dairy Creek Road
      San Luis Obispo, California 93405

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      Mushroom Discovery at SLO Botanical Garden

      Are 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 at the SLO Botanical Garden on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jaunary 24-26, 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.  Topics/activities to be covered include: taxonomy basics, field identification, 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 24, 5:30 - 7:30PMLecture: 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. Pay at the door.Suggested donation $5 Garden members / $10 public. Saturday, January 25, 10 - 4PMWorkshop 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 805.541.1400x303. $65 Garden members / $75 public. Sunday, January 26, 10 – 4PMWorkshop 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 805.541.1400x304. $66 Garden members / $75 public. For more information email education@slobg.org or call 805.541.1400x304

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