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Tue, Aug 29


Harvest Preserve

Mushroom Foraging 101

Learn to safely and enjoyably forage for mushrooms, including the best conditions for foraging.

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Mushroom Foraging 101
Mushroom Foraging 101

Time & Location

Aug 29, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

You already enjoy edible mushrooms when dining out or purchasing them from the store. Now discover how to ethically harvest mushrooms through fun, hands-on exploration in the forest.

Because Mother Nature is unpredictable, we cannot be sure what we will find on our journey. We will search for oysters, golden oysters, woodear, chicken of the woods, hen of the woods, dryads saddle and chanterelles. We will likely encounter non-edibles along the way, helping us differentiate them from the edibles.

To be 100% sure of edibility, you will learn to confidently analyze many mushroom features including size, color, stem and cap shape, pores, gills and teeth.

You are invited no matter your level of outdoor experience. 


  • Standard attire and sun protection for hands-on outdoor learning: hat, leather gloves, jeans, sunscreen
  • A notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing (optional)
  • A sturdy outdoor knife with a fixed blade (optional)


Sliding scale fee: $30 - $8, based upon your access to resources.

Harvest Preserve and Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


Taught by Annie Ventullo, experienced teacher, skilled and proficient mycophile. 


Main entrance at Harvest Preserve: 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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