Join us for the quintessential fresh, local and seasonal experience: Edible Outdoors Mushroom Foray and Chef Demonstration.
We will present a short program detailing mushroom hunting and identifying tips. Favorite mushroom books will be discussed, and edible mushrooms will be listed. Then we head into the woods.
Foraging in Small Groups
We will split into smaller groups, each lead by a Prairie States Mushroom Club member. We will meet back at the trailhead to discuss our fungal finds. Scientific names will be assigned to all fungi that we can identify. Edible and poisonous mushrooms will be compared as some look quite similar to each other.
After our discussion, we will learn some great mushroom cooking techniques from esteemed Chef David of the Motley Cow. Tastes to follow the demonstration!
Our foray instructors are from the Prairie States Mushroom Club (PSMC). PSMC promotes scientific and educational activities related to fungi and fosters the appreciation of wild and cultivated mushrooms. PSMC advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorses responsible mushroom collecting that preserves natural areas and their biologic diversity.
Chef David Wieseneck of the Motley Cow Cafe in Iowa City will share some tips and treats from the forest. The Motley Cow believes in fresh, local and seasonal foods.
The class is held at Lake MacBride State Park.
Drive past the entrance sign then turn right into the first parking lot.
Class fee: $20. Register for the event
Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.
Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.
What to Bring
Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty.
Edible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.
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