Continuing Education

Introduction to Mushroom Identification

Instructor:  Dean Mullen

Fee: $199 (3 classes, 2 field trips)

Materials: Handouts (included)

Schedule:  Wednesdays & Saturdays
                    August 13 - August 27, 2014

Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ♦ Aug. 13 - 27
(lectures at FLC)

Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ♦ August 16 & 23
(field trips; locations TBA)

Recommended Reading:  Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains, By Vera Stucky Evenson, ISBN #1-56579-192-4 (available through local book sellers or online - VERY pricey!)

Or, another good one:  All That the Rain Promises and More..., By David Arora, ISBN 0-89815-388-3 (More affordable and is available through local book sellers or online)

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants - register today!

This is an introductory course on how to identify wild mushrooms. Students will learn about the delicious, gourmet mushrooms that grow wild in the San Juan Mountains, and some inedible mushrooms that should be avoided. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of this delightful mountain food-source and meet new friends with the same interest. Fungiphiles are a very special breed, and this class can open up more than just information to be used and applied in your kitchen.

During the Wednesday (lecture) classes, we will review the mushrooms being hunted and comprehensive information about mushroom habitation and life cycles will be provided. Discussion will include how to best preserve and cook the bounty! 

Saturday field trips will take you to locations in the San Juans where Dean knows many of the good spots for collection. Dean will announce the rendezvous location for the Saturday field trips during class.

Dean Mullen is a Fort Lewis College graduate with a degree in Environmental Biology and has a special interest in the use of fungi in bioremediation. He is an avid mushroom hunter and will share knowledge from other generous ‘fungiphiles’. 

For a sneak preview of what to expect on the fieldtrip, here's a short video of Dean in action:

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Comments from Dean's Students:

"Dean has an easy-going approach to instruction, very enthusiastic, and delightful."

"Class was very informative, fun, useful, worthwhile, and met expectations."

"Dean is VERY knowledgeable and has great teaching style."

"Dean's passion was infectious."

"Appreciate the instructor's knowledge and obvious passion for Mushrooms. I was thrilled with the class."

"This was one of the best continuing ED classes I have taken!" 

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